Jim Callis on the Hughes call-up

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From his ESPN.com chat:

Matias (Buenos Aires, Argentina) : Jim, do you regard the Phil Hughes situation as a panic button situation for the Yankees?

SportsNation Jim Callis: (2:29 PM ET ) Not at all. He has a great arm, better than anyone they have. He’s ready.

‘Nuff said.

Update: I squeezed in a question:

Mike A. (SD, CA): Now that Hughes is up, who’s the best Yankee pitching prospect in the minors?

SportsNation Jim Callis: (3:07 PM ET ) If you don’t count Joba Chamberlain (hamstring) or Dellin Betances (extended spring), who aren’t actually on clubs right now, and discount all the victims of elbow injuries . . . my favorite is Kevin Whelan. Yankees would go with Ian Kennedy. I might too, if I had a report on his stuff. Have to go to the draft phones now, see you next week.

Kennedy has been tearing it up: 19 IP, 12 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 8 BB, 19 K, .190 BAA. All he’s got to do is cut down on those walks…

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  • Yankee Fan in Chicago

    Exactly. And the writing was on the wall when Giambi said in Spring Training 06 that St. Phil had the best stuff of anyone in camp, including the major leaguers.

    He could’ve/should’ve helped them last September with some innings out of the pen, and that might have set him up to help us vs the Tigers in October.

  • Pettitte’s stare

    Even the walks with Kennedy don’t bother me when you consider 4 of them were done in three innings while appearing in relief. Take those walks out and his numbers are even more impressive!