Jim Callis on Bleich

Yankees: Wang on crutches for the next six weeks
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Baseball America’s Jim Callis took a question about Yanks’ sandwich rounder Jeremy Bleich in this week’s Ask BA. When asked if Bleich would have been considered a first rounder if not for the elbow strain, Callis replied “he could have been regarded as a consensus sandwich-rounder. He’s a lefty who knows how to pitch with an 88-91 mph fastball, a curveball and changeup, and his changeup grades as his best pitch. I wouldn’t call him a steal in the supplemental first round, but he wasn’t a reach either.” I’ll take it, but the real question is this: can he hold down Wang’s rotation spot? Pretty please?

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Yankees: Wang on crutches for the next six weeks
Open Thread: Fix the Mets, fix the Mets, step right up and fix the Mets
  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    Encouraging.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    I’m still intrigued by Damon Oppenheimer’s notation that Bleich was hitting 92-93MPH after he came back from the elbow strain.

  • A.D.

    I’m intrigued by Bleich in general, certainly see how he develops this winter/ next year, if he stays elbow strain free, and of he can quickly assert himself in the system

  • Baseballnation

    Well upon his signing he becomes the yankees best lefty in the system for what it’s worth.

  • Manimal

    Hes really stepped it up in high pressure situations. Me like.

  • pat

    kid has been pretty nasty since coming back from the injury including a few college world series games against good clubs thats very promising

  • Joey

    Well in other draftee news, FSU has been eliminated from the CWS which means Rye will be signing soon

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Here’s a fun fact, Kei Igawa averaged a Fastball slightly under 93-MPH in May 2007. I’ve always felt he had Major League stuff, just horrid control and command.

  • Adam

    i’ll bet you all 10 million theoretical dollars Bleich is never an above average major league pitcher. the yanks should have done what they do best and thrown some money at upside.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      Well, considering the other guy they were going to take with the supplemental pick who fit that profile (money at upside) was taken in the sixth round…

      …and what’s wrong with average major league pitching? Do you know how scarce a commodity that is? So scarce that it’s worth north of $10 million a year on the free agent market.

  • JT

    Exactly.. Things worked out best for the Yankees because the pick they were going to take with the Supplemental was taken by them in the 6th round anyway.

  • Baseballnation

    Brett Marshall is a great pickup for the yankees but reports of him gaining ten mph on his fastball this season (to 96 reportedly) seems to possibly exaggerated. High school reports or scouting is much less accurate then collegiate or pro ball, and I suspect the reports of his velocity being 96 is a run of him touching nce or twice (which has been suspected by the BA guys) rather than being his consistent speed. This is the same thing with Hughes who was painted as having a consistent speed of 95-96 which just wasn’t the case. Marshall is mor likely at 89-92 and in rare cases touch 94-95.

  • Bo

    I’ll take reports of a 10mph jump with a grain of salt.