It sounds like, from some rumors, that Tyler Clippard could be a trading chip for the Yankees today.
If true, will this be the same as when the Yankees traded Brandon Claussen? Or, will it be like the time the Yankees traded Jake Westbrook? What about Jim Deshaies? Tim Lollar? Gene Nelson? Doug Drabek? Bob Tewksbury? Scott McGregor? Ted Lilly?
It’s impossible to tell if Clippard has a sure-fire major league career ahead of him. You can never tell with young pitchers.
Back in the early 1990′s, the O’s had a pitcher in their farm system named Jimmy Haynes. He did great at A-ball, Double-A, and Triple-A. Haynes was picked to be the “next Mike Mussina” by many – he was “can’t miss.”
Guess what? He missed. He missed really bad.
It happens all the time with pitching prospects. Still, I’m bothered that the Yankees are willing to let Tyler Clippard go – if the rumors are true. Sure, he’s a wacky kid from Florida and he’s not someone who will “Wow!” you with his delivery and stuff. But, he seems to have a feel for pitching. And, that makes him somewhat like guys along the lines of Tewksbury and McGregor.
Both of those guys went on to win 100+ ballgames in the major leagues. And, each of them had an outstanding year on their resume: Tewksbury in 1992 and McGregor in 1980 and 1983.
If Clippard’s going to do that too, I’d rather see him do it in a Yankees uniform.