As Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes have risen through the Yankee system, they have been dazzled and disappointed at times. Such are the ways of young pitching prospects, and the two will head into Spring Training battling for the same spot in the starting rotation. The loser will, in all likelihood, start the season in the bullpen if not the Triple A rotation, and due to his ability to throw more innings in 2010, Joba will be the incumbent while Phil has an uphill battle if he wants to start in the Bronx this April.
For the Yankees, having two live and highly-regarded arms is hardly a problem; 29 other teams would die to have this problem. For fans watching these two mature into Major League pitchers, it’s always entertaining to see how the two stack up against each other, and today at The Yankee U, Moshe Mandel did just that. He asked a bunch of prospect writers — including our very own Mike Axisa — which of the two was the bigger prospect. Joba seems to have won by a hair, and the jury is still out as to which of the two will be the better Major Leaguer.