Rebecca at TPBP recaps an interesting moment from last night’s game:
There’s one moment from tonight’s game that keeps cropping up in my mind, even a couple hours after it’s over.
It’s in the ninth inning; there are two outs with Carlos Gomez at first in a one run game, and Phil Coke is struggling to throw strikes.
Instead of, say, Jeter and Canó heading out to the mound to calm Phil Coke, it’s Francisco Cervelli and Ramiro Peña.
It was a sight that I certainly noticed, as I am sure many Yankees fans did. Cervelli, Coke, and Pena are some of the lesser fruits of the labor that Brian Cashman has done to rebuild this farm system. Not everyone is destined to be star, nor is a system expected to churn out multiple stars every season. However, being able to fill in the fringes of the roster with homegrown players can be vitally important to the success of the team and the economic bottom line. Players like Cervelli and Pena keep the Yankees from having to run out and make a move to replace injured players or fill in on the bench.
Pena and Cervelli are what they are- very good defensive players who are not going to hit much, but are not overwhelmed at the plate. That was the scouting report on them, and that is what we have seen thus far. I can easily envision these two being members of the Yankees bench for a long time.
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