• Cashman Thinks Triple-A Cub Pitcher Is Pick Of The Schlitter

    Posted by on January 6th, 2011 · Comments (3)

    What’s this…a little July in January?  Via Bryan Hoch

    The Yankees have claimed right-hander Brian Schlitter off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.

    Schlitter, 25, was 0-1 with a 12.38 ERA in seven Major League relief appearances with Chicago in 2010, marking his first action in the bigs.

    He was 2-1 with 13 saves and a 3.15 ERA in 37 relief appearances with Triple-A Iowa. Over his Minor League career, Schlitter owns a 7-13 record with a 3.32 ERA (190 IP, 70 ER) in 154 relief appearances.

    Schlitter was originally selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 16th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. The Yankees’ 40-man roster currently stands at 39.

    Click here to learn more about Schlitter.  At the worst, I guess he can’t be as bad as Kevin Whelan…

    Comments on Cashman Thinks Triple-A Cub Pitcher Is Pick Of The Schlitter

    1. MJ Recanati
      January 6th, 2011 | 8:39 am

      It’s never a bad thing to have RHP bullpen depth in AAA. His MiLB numbers show some decent strikeout ability (8.6 K/9 in 190 IP) and, at 25 years old, he’s still young enough to be a throw-in for a future trade.

    2. MJ Recanati
      January 6th, 2011 | 8:48 am

      As an aside, according to FanGraphs, Schlitter threw a 93mph FB and a 83.5mph SL. That’s information only based on 8 IP with the Cubs at the end of last season but that leads me to assume that he’s the standard FB/SL bullpen righty.

      We’ll probably see him on the 25-man roster at some point, as a fill-in for an injured reliever or on the back end of a doubleheader/day game after night game sort of deal. He’s filler for now with a miniscule-to-mild amount of upside which makes this a depth move.

    3. MJ Recanati
      January 6th, 2011 | 11:23 am

      One more follow up, courtesy of LoHud:


      “Just talked to a Major League source who’s seen quite a bit of Schlitter. The basic scouting report is this:

      Schlitter is built around a fastball that sits around 92 mph and reaches 94-95 with good sink. He also has a changeup and a slider’s that’s “OK” but could get better with a little work. He’s a good makeup guy, “a good kid.”

      The guy I talked to was surprised the Cubs couldn’t find a way to keep Schlitter on their 40-man.

      “He’s somebody that could help next year,” he said.

      It’s worth noting that the Yankees could use some upper-level relievers. Mark Melancon and Jonathan Albaladejo are gone, Romulo Sanchez is out of options and the only Triple-A reliever on the 40-man roster is Ryan Pope, who hasn’t pitched above Double-A. The roster is pretty wide open at this spot, so adding a guy like Schlitter makes some obvious sense.”

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