With Pedro Feliciano‘s impending shoulder surgery there is a lot of speculation as to whom the Yankees will turn to if they want another left handed reliever with minor leaguer Andy Sisco being a prime candidate. However, general manager Brian Cashman doesn’t think like him as an option right now.
“We saw [Sisco] in winter ball and he was throwing up to 95,” Cashman said. “With spring training for us he was at 89. He’s up to 91 now, so it’s going in the right direction… His lines are better than what he’s throwing. Even though he’s throwing better, we still want to give him more time to get to where he needs to get to. He might become a choice at some point for us, but he’s not right now.”
There seems to be a lot of pitchers who have lost velocity this spring. I wonder if it has something to do with it being so cold and rainy still or if it is just the media paying attention to it more than ever. Hopefully for the Yankees sake it is just some sort of fluke thing. Not only do they need Phil Hughes to get his back, but they could have a decent lefty reliever in Sisco if they got him right.
A part of Cashman’s quote that sticks out to me is the part about his lines being better than what he’s throwing. Every year there is a pitcher in the minor league (last season it was Jonathan Albaladejo) that seem to be doing very well and against the will of the fans the Yankees keep him in the minors. Stuff like this is usually the reason why. Sisco might have enough stuff to get minor leaguers out, but without that extra zip on his fastball he’ll get crushed up in the majors.