• Cashman: Proctor Should Plan On Starting

    Posted by on November 16th, 2006 · Comments (6)

    From Newsday

    With their starting rotation their greatest uncertainty, the Yankees likely will tell Scott Proctor — a pleasant surprise as a reliever in 2006 — to plan for next season as though he will be a starter.

    “We’ll probably have him proceed and prepare as a starter, because you can always go the other way, slide him down and reduce his workload. But it’s hard to go the other way,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said yesterday as the general managers’ meetings concluded. “But that’s for another day.”

    Cashman soon will deliver these likely instructions to Proctor, as the righthander has to work out according to the Yankees’ directives.

    For the record, Proctor’s next major league start will be the second one in his big league career. Although, he did also start one game in Columbus in 2005 as well.

    The last time Proctor was a true starting pitcher was 2002 in Double-A. He averaged about 5 IP per start in that season.

    I’m hoping this is one of those “Bubba Crosby will be our center-fielder next year” things.

    Comments on Cashman: Proctor Should Plan On Starting

    1. MJ
      November 17th, 2006 | 12:37 am

      Ugh, this isn’t what I meant when I said “I hope Cash has something up his sleeve.” I can’t think of anything more pathetic than Wang-Moose-RJ-Proctor next year. That sounds like a 2nd or 3rd place rotation to me…

    2. calebshack
      November 17th, 2006 | 1:18 am

      i agree totally…starting scott proctor isn’t going to fix the yankee’s starting rotation for 2007…if the yankees don’t go out and sign or trade for a decent or good starter then they might have a tough time….the yankees have done good so far in getting some help for relief and getting some prospects but if they don’t get another starter or two then they can’t expect to do good things throughout the year because their rotation won’t be that potent…i think getting a good starter is a pressing need if they want to be better…it will help in letting rj get healthy and allow prospects to ease their way into rotation

    3. baileywalk
      November 17th, 2006 | 4:42 am

      This is DEFINITELY one of those “Bubba will start in centerfield” things. Cashman just doesn’t want to show his cards. If agents think he’s desperate for starting pitching — which, by the way, he’s NOT — then they’ll try to rape him for their crappy clients.

      I think Cashman knows he has a couple of guys who will be ready by mid-season (if not earlier) and he’s going to wait out the market before he picks up a fifth starter type.

    4. Raf
      November 17th, 2006 | 9:42 am

      The last time Proctor was a true starting pitcher was 2002 in Double-A. He averaged about 5 IP per start in that season.
      And the Dodgers moved him to the pen the following year.

      Proctor isn’t a SP.

    5. Exit9
      November 17th, 2006 | 11:51 am

      I agree with Baily 100%, and this one is even more thinly veiled than the Bubba comparison. At least Bubba was actually playing CF at the time. Proctor is not an SP. It’s a signal that Cash won’t overpay for pitching. (Unless he does)

    6. rbj
      November 17th, 2006 | 1:00 pm

      Good. Scott Proctor is a no good lazy lay-about. Only appearing in half the games, pitching about an inning. Ha. He should be out there starting the games he isn’t relieving. That’s the way they did it back in the day.

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