• Pitching Prospects On The Move

    Posted by on July 24th, 2007 · Comments (11)

    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.

    Comments on Pitching Prospects On The Move

    1. rbj
      July 24th, 2007 | 8:05 am

      ~two rookies in the rotation at the same time~

      Wouldn’t Torre’s head explode if that happened?

    2. MJ
      July 24th, 2007 | 11:01 am

      Were Clippard and Wright pitching poorly at AAA? Seems odd that Clippard would be demoted all the way down to AA after being in the big leagues just a few weeks ago.

    3. July 24th, 2007 | 12:26 pm

      FWIW, Clippard did get banged around a bit in his last 5 AAA starts.

    4. baileywalk
      July 24th, 2007 | 1:18 pm

      Clippard didn’t get banged around. He was walking too many people and his strikeout numbers were down.

      I still hate the idea of demoting him to AA, especially if the less-talented Ohlendorf gets to stay in AAA.

      The “problem” right now for the Yankees is that they have too much pitching talent to know what to do with. Yes, that’s a good “problem” to have. There literally aren’t enough spots on the upper levels to house all these kids.

      The Yankees will be making a huge mistake if they hand Joba over to Torre as a setup man. It just doesn’t make any sense.

      Would the team have two rookies in the rotation at the same time? How about THREE rookies? Hughes, Chamberlain and Kennedy. I think it’s possible. Wang is the only guy guaranteed to be back next year. Pettitte might be back, too, but after that: Clemens will either pitch half a year or retire; Igawa is bullpen-bound (and hopefully other-team-bound or minor-league-bound or he-mysteriously-disappeared-and-was-never-heard-from-again-bound); and Mussina has been pitching so poorly this year you might see him pack it up or request a trade to the NL or do something to allow himself to have one last good year in the bigs.

      As for Joba and Ian being good friends — Joba called Ian his brother. So I would say they are close.

    5. July 24th, 2007 | 1:25 pm

      ~~~Clippard didn’t get banged around. He was walking too many people and his strikeout numbers were down.~~~

      I said “Clippard did get banged around a bit in his last 5 AAA starts.”

      Here’s the stats:

      5 GS, 24.2 IP, 17 ER, 39 H and 13 BB

      I stand by what I said – because it’s a fact.

    6. baileywalk
      July 24th, 2007 | 1:34 pm

      I guess a dumbbell fell on your toe last night and you woke up pissy, Steve.

      Giving someone’s stat line doesn’t tell the entire story. How many of those runs were inherited runners scoring? How many times did he just have one blowup inning?

      All I’m saying is that he didn’t deserve a demotion. All I’m saying is that his main problem was that he was wild.

      But 39 hits in 24 IS a lot.

    7. July 24th, 2007 | 1:44 pm

      ~~But 39 hits in 24 IS a lot.~~

      And, that’s why I wrote: “Clippard did get banged around a bit in his last 5 AAA starts.”

      Stress: “A BIT”

      Hey, I’m not pissy here. You’re the one who came after my initial statement.

    8. Don
      July 24th, 2007 | 2:19 pm

      Steve wins this in a KO.

      Anyway, baileywalk has a thing for Clippard. Nice pitcher but never a top prospect. Could be a solid bullpen guy if he remains with the Yankees.

    9. July 24th, 2007 | 2:46 pm

      FWIW, I think Clippard is a very good prospect, that most teams would love to have him, and that he could be a very good big league pitcher someday.

    10. July 24th, 2007 | 3:35 pm

      **Will they make the majors at the same time? Would the Yankees have two rookies in the rotation at the same time?**

      At some point this year, the Yankees had a group of Karstens, Clippard, Wright, Igawa and Hughes starting games… surely they had two rookie starters in the rotation already this year.

      What this move does is give me hope that we’ll see a 2008 rotation that looks something like this:

      Wang-Hughes-Pettitte-Chamberlain-Moose, with Kennedy starting the year in the ‘pen as long man/Moose’s backup, and a 2009 rotation of all five guys making near ML-minimum. *tear*

    11. rbj
      July 24th, 2007 | 3:57 pm

      SMinDC, that was out of desparation. Yankee starters were going down faster than, well the analogy would involve Paris Hilton, dunno if Steve wants the site to go blue like that.

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