Season Review: Miscellaneous Pitchers

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As we wrap up our seemingly never-ending review of the 2012 season, it’s time to look back on the last handful of pitchers. These are the guys who spend some time on the big league roster this year but not much, ultimately contributing little in the grand scheme of things.


Adam Warren
After losing the long man competition to David Phelps in Spring Training, the 25-year-old Warren got his big league shot when both CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte hit the DL in late-June. He made a spot start against the White Sox and got absolutely pounded, surrendering six runs on eight hits (two homers, one double, five singles) in 2.1 innings. Warren walked two and struck out one. He spent the rest of the regular season back in Triple-A but did get recalled when rosters expanded in September, though he did not appear in a game.

Chad Qualls
Acquired from the Phillies in early-July, the 34-year-old Qualls appeared in eight games with the Yankees. He allowed five runs and ten hits in 7.1 innings with more walks (three) than strikeouts (two), though he did generate a bunch of ground balls (51.9%). His most notable moment in pinstripes was probably retiring the only two men he faced (Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo) on July 13th, keeping the deficit at three and allowing the Yankees to mount a late-innings comeback. The Yankees traded Qualls to the Pirates for Casey McGehee at the deadline.

Justin Thomas
Plucked off waivers from the Red Sox early-May, the 28-year-old Thomas spent the rest of the summer in Triple-A before getting the call when rosters expanded in September. The left-hander appeared in four games, allowing three runs in three innings. To his credit, Thomas did retire six of seven left-handed batters he faced with New York (two strikeouts). The Yankees designated him for assignment to clear room on the roster for David Aardsma late in the season, and Thomas has since moved on as a minor league free agent.

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

D.J. Mitchell
Mitchell, 25, also lost the long man competition to Phelps in camp. He went down to Triple-A for a few weeks before resurfacing when the Yankees needed an arm in early-May and then again in mid-July. He made four appearances total — two in each big league stint — and allow two runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings. Like Qualls, he walked more batters (three) than he struck out (two) but generated a healthy number of grounders (57.9%). Mitchell was traded to the Mariners as part of the Ichiro Suzuki and spent the rest of the year in the minors.

Ryota Igarashi
Igarashi, 33, was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays in late-May and managed to appear in two games with the Yankees. He allowed one run in one inning against the Mets on June 8th and three runs in two innings against the Blue Jays on August 12th. Both stints in the big leagues were very temporary, as he was sent down right away in favor of a fresh arm. It’s worth noting that Igarashi was a monster down in Triple-A, pitching to a 2.45 ERA (2.11 FIP) with 13.50 K/9 (34.4 K%) in 36.2 innings as the team’s closer. The Yankees dropped him from the 40-man roster in August and he signed a new deal with a team in Japan earlier this offseason.

David Aardsma
The Yankees signed the 30-year-old Aardsma to a one-year, $500k contract in late-February knowing he was unlikely to contribute much this year since he was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander suffered a setback in June which delayed his rehab, but he progressed far enough that the team adding him to the active roster in late-September. He appeared in just one game before the end of the season, allowing a solo homer in an inning of work. After the season the Yankees exercised Aardsma’s $500k option for 2013 and will have the former Mariners closer in the bullpen to open next season.

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  • Rich in NJ

    Between Mo, Robertson, Joba, and Aardsma, the pen should be a real strength.

    • LitFig

      Don’t forget Logan and Rapada.

      • Rich in NJ

        They definitely have value, but all the ones I listed have closer type of ability.

        • Sam

          Yes but Logan came up as a closer and is known to be able to get out righties and lefties. He was a starter but changed to a relief/closer role when he was in the braves organization.

  • Gonzo

    Oh man, I forgot about a couple of these guys.

    • MannyGeee (189M or bust, bitches!)

      not hard to do

      • Gonzo

        That’s the truth.

        Brian Bruney pitched one inning last year in the majors.

  • Bob Buttons

    In other news, Yankees should look into offering Wade a minor league contract for next year. Or at least a ST invite.

    • Sam

      Wade is on the blue jays cause he got claimed off waivers…

      • Jonathan

        Just happened a little while ago but he refused his assignment and elected free agency. I would definitely like to have him back as the front office’s refusal to get another reliever and Girardi’s refusal not to completely overwork him when we lost Robertson/Mo just wrecked him. If his command looks back to where it was before being sent to the minors I think he could go back to what he was before the overuse set in.

    • Steve (different one)

      They did. We just call him “Mickey Storey” now.

      • Preston

        I think Storey could be a really nice pick up.

      • Steve S

        But Storey holds a 40 spot, Wade wouldn’t if a minor league deal.