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There’s a long way to go just to win the No. 5 spot in the rotation here in spring training, but Scott Sizemore, one of the hitters who faced the 6-foot-7 righthander on Sunday, sounded as if he believes Pineda is on his way back to his 2011 form..."I’d say he had to be throwing close to mid-90s today and he seemed to have a good feel for where he wanted to throw it. He’s got some of the best stuff out there."
So the assessment is the takeaway from a single simulated game? While I hope Pineda remains healthy, how is this any different from a "best shape of his life" story? Man oh man, I hate early March
Meanwhile on the other side of the country and the trade, Jesus Montero seems like he could really use a change of scenery.
I seem to recall the Mariners saying they had "no plans" for Montero in the immediate future - if I'm the Yanks, offer them a C - level prospect and bring him back like they did when Drew Henson got homesick, and see if the Mariners just want to get rid of a headache. It didn't work then, but the upside is a decent, cheap bat to insure against Tex continuing to fade and another option to plug into the DH rotation, with the added benefit of being a better "break in case of fire" type emergency catcher than most teams have on the roster. I know its been a while and he's had plenty of issues, but he really did look promising with the bat in his brief call up with the Yankees the year before he was traded.
P.S. Question for historians: If that above rotation holds, would it be the first 100% non-white starting rotation in MLB history? Probably not, but I can't think of another one off the top of my head.
Someone on another board proposed a swap for another Yankee catching prospect, Austin Romine, who is blocked as the ML backup behind Cervelli and as the AAA starter behind John Murphy
Assuming for argument's sake that the final rotation winds up Sabathia, Kuroda, Tanaka, Nova and Pineda, has there ever been a starting crew with more potential upside AND more unknown projections
And that, too. Jesus, how can anyone NOT root for a rotation like this?
According to a story in today's Times, Cervelli is studying Japanese in order to be able to communicate better with Kuroda and Tanaka, who in turn are trying to learn English. That might even turn out a key factor in determining who'll be McCann's backup. (McCann is also studying Japanese.)
Jesus, how can anyone NOT root for a rotation like this?
Tanaka has the most obvious upside, but so did Dice-K. Success in Japan isn't necessarily a guarantee of success in MLB.
Dice-K in his first 2 seasons put up something like 380 innings at 126 ERA+, and a 33-15 record.
Dice-K in his first 2 seasons put up something like 380 innings at 126 ERA+, and a 33-15 record. Not quite as good as the hype, but pretty damn good. Then he blew out his arm, as many pitcher's have before and since. But he was a very good pitcher initially.
if you can't be optimistic is Spring Training, you're probably in for a bad year not much of a baseball fan anyway
AND all end in "A"?
Joba Chamberlain appeared in the same game but I haven't seen any reports on how he was throwing.
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