One of the veteran starters the Yankees signed to a minor league deal that is working his way to the majors, Kevin Millwood, took a big step toward returning to the majors yesterday. He pitched for Double-A Trenton and went seven innings and allowed just a single hit.
It is a good start, but Millwood is a crafty major league starter, just because he can trick minor leaguers at that level doesn’t mean it will necessarily translate to the majors. He was clocked in at just 85-86 mph and the Yankees are likely going to need to see a bit more arm strength out of him before calling him up.
Millwood was never really a fireballer and the Yankees don’t expect him to be, but he sat comfortably at 89.2 mph last season and topped 90 in seasons previous to that. The Yankees may wait until he gets closer to approaching those numbers. Time is running out as Millwood can opt-out of his deal in May so if they don’t call him up by then they risk losing him.