Monday, March 12, 2012

Waiting for April

Spring training has gone without any major injuries for the Yankees. What was a scary situation with David Robertson turned out to be a bone bruise and should only keep him out for another week or two.

The Yankees have played good baseball thus far. Their approaches at the plate have been good, and have yielded good results. Someone who has opened my eyes in camp is Clay Rapada. He is a lefty specialist who has only pitched a few innings, but he has made the best of those limited innings, leading the pitchers with strikeouts. His stuff is not overpowering, but the arm angle at which he throws is deceptive and very difficult for left handed hitters to pick up. With Boone Logan locked as a lefty specialist going into April, the Yankees should take a serious look at Rapada. His career statistics are hardly impressive, but I feel that he could be the key to the Yankees already deep bullpen until Joba comes back.

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