From Ed Price -
The Yankees last night promoted right-handers Ian Kennedy and Joba Chamberlain — their top two draft picks last year — from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Both started the season with Class A Tampa.
There is some thought in the organization that Chamberlain could help the big-league team this year out of the bullpen.
Lefty Chase Wright and right-hander Tyler Clippard, both of whom made starts for the Yankees this year, were demoted from Scranton to Trenton.
Of all these pitchers, it will be interesting to see how Tyler Clippard responds to this move. I hope he takes it well and pitches his way back to Triple-A soon.
Ian and Joba are really fast-tracking this season. I wonder if they’re going to become joined at the hip…in a Koufax & Drysdale kind of way. Seems like they are friends…From the L.A. News a few days ago -
Ian Kennedy has a championship ring with a large “NY” on it. Sometimes for fun, when people look at the ring he covers the side that says “Penn League” – in reference to the short-season Class A New York-Penn League – and observers are often fooled into believing he plays for the New York Yankees.
He’s spending this summer playing for another first-place team and rivaling Joba Chamberlain as one of the hottest pitching prospects in the organization. Kennedy said the two are good friends and their willingness to share advice make them both better.
The question is: Will they make the majors at the same time? Would the Yankees have two rookies in the rotation at the same time? I’m not sure that can happen – even with two rookies as good as these two.