The kid they wouldn’t trade for the best pitcher in the world


Brian Hoch does a great job looking at Phil Hughes’ offseason and Spring Training work. Jose Molina is saying he’s got more pop on his heater, and Hughes himself is saying he’s much more comfortable this time around. The money quote from Girardi: “You watch him and he leads the groups in running. He just looks like an athlete, a thoroughbred and a leader.” Word up.

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  1. ShawnT says:

    This really doesnt have anything to do with hughes and im not sure if it was brought already, but a guy that kinda went through the same trend as you would hope joba is gunna go through this year is Chad Billingsley, heres his game log http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb......statType=2

  2. jason says:

    Nice call.
    I will take 12-5 with a low 3s ERA for Joba this year. Again, my feeling is Kennedy and Hughes start off in the rotation. Joba transitions to the rotation mid-year just as Melancon, Cox, Sanchez, Robertson, Horne, Garcia, Whelan, Kontos, Mccutcheon etc. etc. are available to step-up to the big league pen.
    If Hughes is the stud that every anticipates, and Joba can be Joba in the starting rotation, and Wang is as consistent as he has been over the last few years, and Kennedy can be Mussina/Mussina lite, the Yankees will be stacked with pitching for the big club or for trades. Look at the top 30s anywhere, and look at the top of the rotation possiblilities for the Yankees in the next 3-4 years – Betances, Garcia, Heredia, Vizcaino, Brackman. Not to mention the very good middle of the order types in Horne, Marquez, Mccutcheon, Kontos, Nova, Pope (and I am sure I am missing a bunch of others).
    It sures seems like the vast majority of the team is preparing with purpose.

  3. Ivan says:

    “You watch him and he leads the groups in running. He just looks like an athlete, a thoroughbred and a leader.”

    People use to say that about Mickey Mantle and we all know what type of career he had.

  4. marc says:

    Wait! hold up!… you mean phil found his velocity… and there it was hiding in tampa the whole time… woulda saved me the trouble of busting on him had he not forgotten where he put it lol

  5. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    It was hiding in his legs, like it is for most pitchers–Hughes wouldn’t trust his legs after he got back from popping his hamstring, and as a result, his fastball wasn’t the same.

  6. Lanny says:

    At first I was pro trade. Then I thought about it. Why give up prime guys like Hughes for a FA to be?

    Why not hold onto guys you think will be 1 or 2′s and then this off season go out and sign Sabathia and Nathan and Texeira?

    Isn’t Sabathia/Hughes/Joba/Kennedy better than Santana/Joba?

    • steve (different one) says:


      my problem with it was the Yankees were being forced to give up Hughes, but the Sox were not being forced to give up Bucholz and the Mets were not asked for Martinez.

      why should the Yankees pay $100 when the price across town was $20??

    • Ron says:

      As Joseph P. has pointed out, Cashman has adopted the philosophy that he isn’t interested in paying over-slot money to draftees, take the time and resources to develop them, and then trade them. This year will go a long way to seeing if that philosophy pays off. If it doesn’t, i.e., none of the Big Three perform up to expectations, Hank will exert tremendous pressure to revert to old ways.

  7. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Phil Hughes is 21 years old. We’ve seen him pitch an almost no-hitter and we saw him come out of the bullpen during the playoffs and do great.

    People have been yapping about him for years and we know he has all the stuff to have a huge MLB career.

    I’m happy we kept him. Go Phil Phranchise!

  8. Samples says:

    I have a running disagreement with a friend over Hughes velocity. He thinks the scouting report claims of 96 mph fastball were just typical over hype of a NY prospect. I seem to recall that in near no hitter game against Texas that he was hitting 94-96 pretty regularly. Is pitch by pitch data available on the ‘net? I seem to remember some site has a pitch log, and even some scatter graphs showing the range of velocity.

  9. Mike R. says:

    My take is that Hughes will go down in history as “The guy the Twins could have had and passed on”. I think it will be a big blemish on their track record.

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