Thursday, April 12, 2007
Chase Wright: Possible Callup?
The Yankees have been struck with some untimely injuries of late and may need a pitcher to fill in for Mussina for a few starts. The main idea is to start KArstens when healthy, but what about if he and Rasner arent ready? You have the young guys like Hughes, Clippard, and Ohlendorf, who all show great potential but are not MLB ready and not on the 40-man roster. This leads me to my main man, Chase Wright. Those of you who watch a lot of Spring Training may remember himas the guy who held the Tigers starting lineup to 3 runs in 6 innings. He had another good appearance in spring too. He is a lefty pitcher with a fastball about 91 that he can spot well. He has an outstanding changeup and decent curve. He was kind of a late bloomer as he won the single A pitcher of the year in Tampa last year at age 23. He had a 1.89 ERA as a starter during the season. Many thought he wouldnt be able to keep it up this year in AA and, Ill admit, even I had my doubts but he has shown nothing but good stuff and poise on the mound. So far this year, he has pitched 14 innings allowing 5 hits, 1 walk, and NO runs. He has also collected 17 Ks in those two games. I understand its only two starts but he has an advanced approach and oozes confidence that pitchers need to have to survive at the ML level. A thing to remember about Wright is that he is already on the 40-man roster. He was put on it to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. Being on it means to call him up wouldnt cost the Yankees anything but if they wanted to call up someone like Hughes they would have to put someone on waivers. If the Yankees indeed look to the minor league system for a spot start, they should take a look at Wright who wont buckle under pressure and has the hot hand.