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Yankees: You choose the fifth starter competition winner

2014 Yankees fifth starter competition

Joe Girardi will announce the 2014 Yankees fifth starter this Tuesday.

Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger reported that this coming Tuesday, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi will announce the winner of the fifth-starter competition.

This seemingly annual contest is having its most exciting and competitive Spring Training in years.

As David Phelps, Michael Pineda, Vidal Nuno, and Adam Warren have each made a good case for the coveted job of the final spot in the 2014 Yankees rotation.

Girardi also said he will be hosting a powwow with the Yankees coaching staff on Sunday night before his official decision is made public.

Let’s take a look at the Spring Training stats of the four contenders.

2014 Spring Training Pitching Stats - as of 03-23-14
PITCHER
W
L
ERA
G
GS
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
SO
AVG
WHIP
David Phelps102.755519.2196624140.2501.17
Michael Pineda200.0032980001140.2351.00
Vidal Nuno001.502263111160.1430.67
Adam Warren112.08338.28221290.2501.15

(Stats courtesy of MLB.com)

Who would you choose if you were the Yankees skipper?

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 23/03/2014 00:36:43
end_date 26/03/2014 01:08:59
Poll Results:
Who do you think won covet fifth starting job?

In my humble opinion, I think Michael Pineda is hands down the winner of the last rotation spot.

David Phelps and Adam Warren can both pitch in relief.

And Vidal Nuno can start in Triple-A.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Steve Karsay says:

    Agreed. Pineda's upside and age make him my choice for the 5th starter also. I'm not down on Phelps and Warren but they are what they are, back end starters or relievers who can provide multi-inning appearances. Nuno has pitched lights out, displaying some veteran pitching savvy well beyond his years. If he keeps it up at AAA he will surely get a call at some point for a spot start or more if somebody in the rotation needs DL time.

    I'm happy to have them all in the organization but Pineda has the highest ceiling and seems the best bet to perform somewhere near that level if healthy.

    • I couldn't agree more Steve. I hate seeing Phelps in the pen only because going from starting to reliever can cripple young pitcher, hence Hughes & Joba. But Phelps' arm is needed in the pen, so going to Triple A is not an option. I just worry if Pineda struggles, Griardi will start playing musical pitchers again. Also, it would be nice if the Yankees announce Pineda's innings limit so the speculation is not hogging the headlines for months.