The above chart is the up-to-date Double-A stats for two pitchers that the Yankees currently have pitching for their farm team this season in Trenton.
Granted, “Pitcher A” is a year older than “Pitcher B.” (He’s actually about 16 months older. But, that’s still just one-year in baseball circles.)
Noneteless, the numbers for these two pitchers are very close – in terms of hits and walks allowed, strikeouts earned, and their command of the strike zone. Also, they both give you a shade under 6 IP per start.
“Pitcher B” is Philip Hughes – the best pitching prospect in the Yankees organization.
“Pitcher A” is Tyler Clippard.
The Yankees had a situation like this back when Sterling Hitchcock and Andy Pettitte were coming up through their system. Two pitchers, about a year apart in age, and they both looked like good pitching prospects. But, in fact, one of them had a better career than the other one.
It will be interesting to see how it works out for Clippard and Hughes.
Personally, I hope they both go on to star in New York for the Yankees. That would be the best case scenario.