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Tyler Kepner profiles the Yankees' best pitching prospect Phillip Hughes today in the New York Times. Don't miss this one.
Dave Eiland is the Thunder's pitching coach? What, Kevin Mmahat and Clay Parker are unavailable?
I still expect them to call him up in September, but not have him pitch. He'll probably start next year with Columbus, but once he shows an aptitude there I could imagine him being called up to join the big league rotation at any time next season.
Well, that's my dream, anyway.
"If I fail, which happened to me a lot at the beginning of my time in Double-A, it hurts extra because I know a lot of people are counting on me."
He had what, three or four sub-par outings to begin his stint in AA before dominating in his next three starts? This guy is driven.
"Cashman has already rejected an offer of Kansas City's Reggie Sanders for Hughes, despite the Yankees' need for an outfielder." I sure hope he didn't have to think too long about that one...
Reggie Sanders? Please, please, please let even the idea of this have been a joke. Repeat after me: Do NOT trade any top prospects for an outfielder. Matsui is progressing well, I expect him back in August at this point. Its not worth it to lose a top prospect for a month of what is likely to be a mediocre slugging OF bat.
"... despite the fact that he just turned 20, it's fairly apparent that Hughes has the ability to retire big league hitters right now. With 2006 looking like it might be the first year since 2002 that only one team from the American League East gets into the postseason, Hughes has impact potential this year, if the Yankees have the guts to put him in the rotation."
Amen. I know a lot of people here want to see the Yanks take it easy on Hughes, but I agree with Goldstein. It's certainly a better option than trading for a minor upgrade over Chacon/Wright.
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