6 Starting Pitchers the Yankees Could Call-Up from the Minors in 2011 30

As it stands right now the Yankees likely opening day rotation is CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova and Sergio Mitre. It is pretty safe to say that is not what they imagined it would be when the 2010 season ended.

They’re probably still hoping that Andy Pettitte decides not to retire or that a trade will present itself before the season starts, but the Yankees could be disappointed yet again on both of those fronts. So it is likely that the 2011 Yankees will have to turn to their farm system to help them out this year. Luckily for them they have a good amount of starters that they’ll be able to call on if either or both Nova or Mitre fail.

Here is a list of the six starters that are likely to be called upon in 2011:

  1. Hector Noesi, RHP, 24 – Noesi would probably be the first starter called up because he’s on the 40-man roster and has some Triple-A experience already. He’s got a fastball that sits in the 91-94 mph range that occasionally hits as high as 96. He also throws a curveball and changeup.
  2. Andrew Brackman, RHP, 25 – Brackman is also on the 40-man roster, but is second on this list because he hasn’t pitched at Triple-A yet. He could leapfrog Noesi if he has a stronger showing at the beginning of the 2011 season though. He throws a fastball that ranges from 91-95 mph and mixes it with a knuckle curve and a changeup.
  3. David Phelps, RHP, 24 – Phelps probably had a better 2010 than either Noesi or Brackman, but because he isn’t on the 40-man roster yet and has less impressive stuff he’s slightly behind them on the depth chart. That said, he has already tossed 70.1 innings in Triple-A with a 3.07 ERA. He has an outside chance of being the first one called-up. Phelps throws a fastball that sits at 89-92 mph and occasionally hits 95. He also throws a curveball, slider, and changeup. He primarily relies on stellar command.
  4. Adam Warren, RHP, 23 – Warren is the youngest name on this list so far and only has 54.1 innings of experience in Double-A which is why he’s so far down this list. He does have an impressive mix of strikeout ability with control that means he could move up the ladder faster than expected. Armed with a fastball that sits at 92-94 mph, he also uses a two-seamer, a curveball, a slider, and a changeup.
  5. D.J. Mitchell, RHP, 23 – Mitchell had a mixed season in 2010. He had a 4.06 ERA in 133 innings at Double-A and a 3.57 ERA in three starts at Triple-A. Overall in the minors his K/9 is 7.3 and his B/9 is 3.3. None of that is bad, but compared to the other pitchers on this list it is slightly disappointing. Still he is an impressive pitcher who primarily relies on a sinker that comes in at 90-93 mph mixing in a curveball and changeup as well.
  6. Dellin Betances, RHP, 22 – Betances is on the 40-man roster, but despite that he’s last on this list because he is the youngest and has only made three starts at the Double-A level where he is expected to begin the 2011 season. Despite that, he is probably the most talented out of anyone named on this list so the Yankees will have to resist the urge to call him up before he is ready. Realistically he’s more of a 2012 option. Betances throws a fastball in the 94-97 mph range and backs it up with a plus curveball and changeup. In 2010 he showed the best command of his career, if he can continue that positive trend he’ll be one heck of a pitcher.

These pitchers are probably a big reason why Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has resisted making a trade for a starter this offseason. Teams know that the Yankees are desperate so the asking price has been high. Meanwhile, he has these six nearly ready for the big leagues and more behind them (Manuel Banuelos, Graham Stoneburner, and Brett Marshall). Even if 2011 is bleak, 2012 and beyond will be bright.

About Rob Abruzzese

Rob Abruzzese created Bronx Baseball Daily in 2008 just before graduating from Brooklyn College. He currently serves BBD as its editor and works as a reporter at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Follow Rob on Twitter @RobAbruzzese.

30 thoughts on “6 Starting Pitchers the Yankees Could Call-Up from the Minors in 2011

  • Mindkind

    wow I love these types of posts. Nothing I love more than prospects!! And finally my favorite team has a lot of them. And not only that they have the most important ones in my view…PITCHING prospects! From the list I’m hoping Brackman reaches the rotation in ’11 to stay. Then Betances in ’12.
    In 2012 the starting rotation might look like this:


    then in 2013 maybe like this:


    If those pitchers fullfil their upside the 2013 rotation is championship material!

    What do you think?

  • [email protected]

    Brackman was clocked higher than 95 before the surgery. If he doesn't make MLB as a starter, I like his chances, along with Betances of breaking into the bullpen like Chamberlain in 2007.

    Another name to watch for that role is Ryan Pope who has already begun the conversion from starter!

  • John

    All prospects are suspects, and you people are expecting miracles from suspects. Maybe one might just make it good in the majors, and you people are expecting every suspect to make a big impact on the major league club, unbeleiveable.

  • joe

    I know Cashman is taking alot heat for not making many moves but I do like the idea that he is protecting his pitching prospects.The SF Giants won the world series with homegrown pitching.I think this is the way to go and if King Felix becomes available Cashman will go after him.

  • Tanned Tom

    First I love these articles. Reliable info about minor leaguers is always hard to come by. I am relieved that finally this organization is showing some patience with their prospects. My main hope is that we change GM's.

  • Joe Holland Jr

    Yanks not only need to add pitching. They also need a couple of role players. Like Jim Thome or even Manny Ramerez. Lets admit Posada is not a DH kind of player. Imagine having one of these guys or both in the lineup. New murders Row. The Red Sox weakness is definetly pitching. So why not get some extra bats like these guys to put more pressure on there staff. And what happens when someone goes down to injury. I just dont care for this talk about Andrew Jones. He is not the answer hes bat is not what it use to be and his fielding skills are getting worse each year. I think giving Manny a one year deal and rotate him in and out with Gardner will have a big pay off and keep our outfield healthy. I believe bringing Manny to the yanks would really pissoff Red Sox fans and believe it or not he would love to play for the yanks and show everyone he still can play for a new extenstion. Plus he from NY Born and raised.

  • Mike Sommer

    I've never been impressed by Brackman and his stats are downright awful. Currently 2-4, 6.80 at SWB. Overall minor league stats 14-27, 5.09, and he's now 25. I just don't see it.

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