Possible Solutions to the Yankee Bullpen Woes

The Yankees have gotten a very inconsistant bullpen this year, take a look at some of the main culprits.

Joba Chamberlain – 5.52 ERA 

Chad Gaudin – 6.89 ERA

David Robertson – 5.48 ERA

Chan Ho Park – 6.86 ERA

It is obvious that the bullpen is the Yankees weakest spot on the team and that has to improve if they plan on going any where this October.

I realize that Sergio Mitre and Alfredo Aceves have missed time but even they could not solve all the Yankees pitching problems, and we don’t know when they will return.

So I have gathered a small list of pitchers from the farm system that could make an immediate impact for the Yankees out of the bullpen.

Jonathan Albaladejo is a pitcher who has seen his fair share of struggles in New York, but has been lights out this season at AAA Scranton Wilkes Barre, racking up 23 saves, while posting an impressive 1.31 ERA, he has also struck out 45 and walked only 12.

In my opinion, he has earned another shot at the big leagues.

Royce Ring has also seen time in the majors, making appearances with the Mets, Padres, and Braves.

The 29 year old lefty has also posted great numbers this year at AAA, with a 1.48 ERA in 24 innings, holding opposing hitters to a .174 batting average.

The only problem might be that the Yankees already have two lefties in the bullpen right now.

Ivan Nova made his Major League debut earlier this season in Detroit, and pitched three scoreless inning in his brief stint with New York.

He has been the best starter at AAA this year, posting a 5-2 record with a 3.14 ERA in 13 starts. He could easily fit in to the long reliever role immediately for the Yanks.

Either the current Yankee bullpen pitchers need to improve or a change needs to be made, because they have to be better than what they are right now if they want to have a shot at title number 28.

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6 Responses to Possible Solutions to the Yankee Bullpen Woes

  1. Yeah, I think it's time the Yankees start looking at getting some of their minor league arms into the bullpen to see if they can stick. After that they should look to make a trade or two for help. Albaladejo should get another shot, but with a short leash. Melancon is another guy they should be trying. Nova should get a chance in the bullpen, I heard he was hitting 97 last week.

    I think you start with cutting Chan Ho Park and then Gaudin after that.

  2. Melancon just hasn't thrown strikes consistently at the major league level. However, at this point they should give him an extended shot to see if he has what it takes. At this point he's in danger of getting passed over if he's not in the mix by early next season.

    I think if Nova hitting 97 isn't a fluke he might turn into something special, but most likely he's going to be a decent middle reliever at best.

  3. Lucas Weick says:

    I never thought that the Yankees gave Melancon much of a shot either of the times he has been up over the past two years. I can’t wait to Nova really breaks into the Majors, he’s going to be a lights out pitcher for the Yankees in the future, hopefully near future.

  4. Mike S. says:

    Robertson’s stats are a bit misleading. Granted the 5.48.

    But most of that was early.

    21 1/3 IP this year.

    1st 7 1/3 IP? ERA 13.50.

    But since May 7th, Robertson has given up only 2 runs in 14 IP. Maybe not some of the greatest outings, but definitely better.

    • Absolutely right. It seems as if Robertson has put his early season struggles behind him. At this point he’s certainly more consistent than Joba.

  5. Jeffrey says:

    On the surface Albaladejo would seem to be a logical choice for a call up but he has been passed up time and time again this season for luminaries like Gaudin and Logan. It would appear that the Yankees as an organization have lost faith in him.

    Melancon has been just horrible in AAA until the past one or two appearances. You don’t want to rush him up and mess up his psyche again just when he is getting stabilized.

    I also read that Nova was clocked once at 97 but was sitting at 90-93. I wouldn’t get all excited about one pitch, especially as I don’t know how reliable minor league speed guns are. He might not be awful as a middle reliever, but he has yet to produce consistent results at any level and I doubt he would start doing so in the majors.

    So either the Yankees are going to hope for better results from who they’ve got or (more likely) they will bring someone in within one month. Unfortunately, I cannot remember a mid-season reliever acquisition that has gone well for the Yankees.

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