soft hands.

i got goosebumps.

"I'm happy about the inventory we're collecting." - brian cashman, on the state of things
8:25 PM :: ::
  • Happiness will be Phil Hughes making his major league debut by July, not because a starter goes on the DL or is underachieving, but simply because his performance screams: "I'm ready, bitches!" ;)

    By Blogger Rich, at 2:27 AM   <$BlogItemControl$>
  • that would make me so happy in the underpants

    By Blogger lupe_velez, at 7:16 PM   <$BlogItemControl$>
  • *adjusts laptop to keep it level*

    By Blogger Rich, at 12:29 AM   <$BlogItemControl$>
  • In a perfect world, Hughes spends the year in AAA.

    Ok so it's not a sexy story, but still.

    By Blogger Mr. Faded Glory, at 1:30 AM   <$BlogItemControl$>
  • hah, i should think before i type

    mike youre sooooooo sensible

    By Blogger lupe_velez, at 11:19 PM   <$BlogItemControl$>
  • I think leaving Hughes in AAA if he has shown that he's ready could arrest (or perhaps more accurately hinder) his development.

    As soon as Contreras thinks that its time, promote him, no matter what.

    By Blogger Rich, at 12:50 AM   <$BlogItemControl$>
  • Promoting Hughes if the Yankees don't really need him not only will force him to throw more innings, but put more pressure on him and it starts his arbitration "clock" a year earlier. I'm not saying that if he's needed leave him in AAA, but the dude hasn't thrown a single inning in AAA. If you give him a full year and then bring him to ST 2008 with a chance to crack the roster, that would be best for his long term development.

    By Blogger Mr. Faded Glory, at 2:41 PM   <$BlogItemControl$>
  • I think it's possible to calibrate his early season output at SWB (via pitch counts) so that he doesn't exceed a pre-determined number of IP for the season (including the playoffs).

    Remember, both Eiland and Contreras have said he was capable of pitching in the majors last season.

    The Yankees' 4 and 5 spots are probably going to filled out by mediocre pitchers (Igawa, Pavano) or worse. Even Wang, Moose, and Pettitte come with significant question marks.

    If the Yankees think that Hughes's development can be aided by being promoted by July, and that he is capable of putting up a 110-120 ERA+, I can't see any reason to hold him back, especially if he's pitching lights out at AAA.

    It's possible that this timetable could even accelerate his development.

    By Blogger Rich, at 3:37 PM   <$BlogItemControl$>
  • Rich, I'm betting you were the kind of kid who wanted to to open his Christmas presents on Dec 21st.

    By Blogger Mr. Faded Glory, at 5:26 PM   <$BlogItemControl$>
  • Nah, a lump of coal remains a lump of coal before and after 12/25!

    By Blogger Rich, at 9:54 PM   <$BlogItemControl$>
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