Mike Berardino talks about Philip Hughes and shares some scary stats about prior Yankees pitching prospects:
Besides Andy Pettitte, no drafted-and-developed Yankees pitcher has made more than 10 starts in a major league season since 1995.
That was the year Sterling Hitchcock and Scott Kamieniecki joined Pettitte in the same rotation for Buck Showalter. That’s how long ago that was.
Of the other 10 pitchers the Yankees have taken in the first round since the June draft was instituted in 1965, only one has reached the majors with them. Bill Burbach, a high school righty from Dickeyville, Wis., was taken 19th overall in the inaugural draft and made 37 combined appearances (going 6-11) for the Yankees from 1969-71.
Among those who were either traded or sidetracked before they could reach Yankee Stadium: Dave Cheadle (’70 draft), Scott McGregor (’72), Steve Taylor (’77), Jeff Pries (’84), Rick Balabon (’85), Brien Taylor (’91), Matt Drews (’93), Eric Milton (’96) and David Walling (’99).
The Big Stein braintrust is on the hook for Steve Taylor, Jeff Pries, Rick Balabon, Brien Taylor, Matt Drews, Eric Milton, and David Walling.
That’s not going to look good on a resume.