Monday, March 12, 2007

Philip Hughes, AAA or MLB

As an expert in the Yankees world, people have been e-mailing me question on the status of Philip Hughes wondering if he will make the starting rotation.

The answer is no.

Philip Hughes is still a kid, fresh out of high school and under normal circumstances, should still be taking underclass courses. Instead, he is training his arm to become the next ace for the Yankees pitching staff.

Brian Cashman has said, and I concur, that Hughes will start the season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, which is the highest level he would pitch in his professional career. The Yankees do not want to rush his debut only to watch him go down in a flame of glory. Instead, they want to groom his style, prepare him, and have him 100% confident and set to pitch in the major leagues.

Here is the "however" factor. There is a good chance that Hughes will be called up this season after the Yankees have earned a playoff spot just to get some experience. What he does then could provide some valuable lessons in which he will take back into next year's spring training as he fights for a starting pitcher spot.



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  • Blogger rob posted at 11:53 PM  
    Brian Cashman was on Boston talk radio today-I listen while I'm slinging dogs. His tone is one of resignation to the fact that the Yanks will be mediocre. Listen to him at

    I'd gloat mercilessly about the Red Sox victory tonight, but the game doesn't count.
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