On a conference call with reporters on Wednesday morning, Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman was talking about the state of the trade market and stated that the Yankees are looking at several options to upgrade the rotation. Among those options are prospects Justus Sheffield and Chance Adams.
“We are going to continue to evaluate all aspects,” Cashman said on the call. “We would certainly love to add to the rotation but at the same time we are evaluating the available players in the marketplace.”
Cashman went on to highlight some of the other options the Yankees have: “We have Luis Cessa starting today. We have pitchers, Loaisiga eventually coming back. Justus Sheffield doing what he is doing, you know Chance Adams. So, we have some alternatives that we can utilize and rely upon with a strong pen. That is also something we are analyzing versus the price tags that are being thrown our way on starting pitching options.”
With the new re-enforced bullpen after the acquisition of Zach Britton the Yankees may now have a little more leeway in calling up a prospect to take a rotation spot.
“It is good that we have re-enforced the pen,” Cashman said to reporters. “Strong organizations evaluate what they have within their system and that is a strong fallback position for us as well. Knowing that we have quality arms, some of who we haven’t tapped into just yet and deployed just yet at the major league level. As we move forward we aren’t going to be afraid to do so if necessary.”
Loaisiga, 23, made his major league debut earlier this year and has pitched in four games for the big club, earning a 2-0 record with a 3.00 ERA in 18 innings while striking out 21 batters. He was shut down on July 7 due to shoulder inflammation but is expected to return to action soon.
Sheffield, 22, is the Yankees top prospect after the graduation of Gleyber Torres. The left-handed starter has been pitching well in Scranton, earning a 3-3 record with a 2.44 ERA in 12 games, 11 starts, while striking out 60 batters in 62 2/3 innings of work. His only issue has been his walks, with 25 in 62 2/3 innings he has been focusing on trying to cut them down before he enviably makes his major league debut.
This has been a down year for Chance Adams, the 25-year-old has struggled with the RailRiders. In 18 starts he owns a 4.89 record with 87 strikeouts in 84 2/3 innings pitched.
While these three were mentioned by Cashman on the call, there is one option the Yankees have already tapped into and that is Domingo German. German is 2-6 with a 5.68 ERA this season in the bigs for the Yankees in 19 games, 13 starts. While as a starter he has struggled he could find himself as a part of a shutdown Yankees bullpen in the home stretch of the season.
Let us not forget right-hander Domingo Acevedo who had a one-game call-up to the Yankees before being sent back down. Acevedo is another pitcher that could help the Yankees in the second half of the season and is hungry to get back to the bigs.