Yankees Don’t Like Andy Sisco’s Velocity

New York Yankees Andy SiscoWith 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.

Via Chad Jennings of the Journal News:

“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.

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6 Responses to Yankees Don’t Like Andy Sisco’s Velocity

  1. The Pirate says:

    The NYY many yeras ago have two excellent left hand relievers, Joe Page and Luis Arroyo. Does any body knows there speed?

  2. Steve says:

    Page was known as a "fireballer" with a "live" fastball. Arroyo who only lasted three years with one trully epic year (1961) threw supposidly one of the great screwballs…which probably explains his lack of longevity.

  3. The Pirate says:

    Luis was one of the earliest Puerto Rico-born players to come to the majors. Arroyo was in the minors for years, beginning in 1948, before he came to the majors. As a 28-year-old rookie with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1955, pitcher Arroyo earned a spot on the National League All-Star. After playing with the Pirates and Cincinnati Reds, his contract was purchased by the New York Yankees in 1960. He went 5-1 with 7 saves for the 1960 Yankees, as the team reached the World Series.In 1961, he was even better out of the pen, going 15-5 with a 2.19 ERA and 29 saves as the Yanks went on to win the World Series. He struggled with injuries the next two years and was out of the majors by 1963. In those days Manager like Casey Stengel's systems keep using hot hand until the relievers arms fell of, that happen to Joe Page, and Luis Arroyo was not an exception to that system. 15 years as player in the USA and in the winter league can not be consider lack of longivity ,especially with no tricks like some players have done lately. Give an opportunity to Cisco and wait what happen can not be worse than Logan.

  4. Actually, there is a damn good chance that Cisco is worse than Logan. That's exactly why they aren't calling him up now.

    • The Pirate says:

      You must be right for your statement, I don't have any actual stats of Cisco, ¿do you have any information of his work in the minor? ¿Does the NYY have any other alternative in their roster? We badly need a good left hand pitcher.

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