Will the Yankees call up Hughest this season?
His name is getting thrown about in a few of the
mlblogs as a possible call-up to replace Chacon in the
rotation. This is not surprising, given Chacon’s
performance last night. But the papers haven’t even
mentioned that as a possibility. I think this is
because the Yankees made it clear in spring training
that he would not pitch for the big league club this
year. The reasons being:
- They thought he would need to develop his pitches
(especially curveball) and his location in the minors.
- They wanted to bring his arm along slowly so as to
not over-stress him. Obviously as a young pitcher,
he’ll pitch the most innings he’s ever pitched this
year. This is why they have an 80 pitch limit for him
in the minors.
- They didn’t want to heap too much pressure on the
psyche of a 19 yr old. The Cardinals experience with
Rick Ankiel was a lesson to a lot of other clubs with
a promising pitching prospect.
- He has a very high trade value right now. Bringing
him up before he is ready could diminish that.
Given all these reasons I doubt the Yankees will
change their stance on Hughes, although I am curious
to know if they are waivering a bit. Clearly this is
a topic a beat writer needs to pursue. I think we’ll
get more information today as the Yankees consider
their options for next Sunday.
Other than that, I have no desire to write about last