In a report that should come as little surprise, Mark Fiensand of the Daily News has added a bit of clarity to questions regarding the Yankee rotation. Killer B prospects Dellin Betances and Manny Banelos aren’t in the mix or the starting rotation. He writes:
“Betances and Banuelos aren’t earning spots in the rotation out of spring training,” Cashman said. “They’re going to get their first taste of big-league camp, then they’re going to get slotted into Trenton. They have no chance to make this team.”
There’s good reason for this. Even if both pitchers wowed the Yanks, there’s simply no way to make either one part of the big league club while managing their innings for this season. Dellin Betances’ previous innings high was 121.2 in 2008, while Manny Banuelos reached 109 innings in 2009. Teams don’t like to increase a pitchers innings by more than 30-40 per year for young starters as they climb the ladder, so neither would be on track for the 175+ inning workload of a MLB starter. Further, the Yanks always expect to play October baseball, and those innings count as well.
If any of our readers are disappointed by this news, don’t be. The minors are there to give players a low pressure environment to hone their craft. The more batters faced, the better. Dellin still needs to work on holding runners on base, and a weakness in your game that obvious will be exposed at the major league level early and often. Banuelos has amassed just 215 IP in his 3 full seasons with the organization, and teams like to have a pitcher get more innings under their belt before getting the call. For example, Phil Hughes had 330 IP in the minors while Andy Pettitte had a whopping 608 IP in the minors. Joba Chamberlain had just 88.1 innings under his belt in the Yankee farm system (though it should be noted he had 208 IP in college). Once upon a time, 500 minor league innings was something of a guideline, but I’m not sure that’s a number teams adhere to anymore. In any case, don’t be disappointed, its a good thing for the players development, and therefore a good thing for the organization long term.
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