Bryan Mitchell is creating competition for the other rotation hopefuls

During Thursday afternoon’s 11-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, Luis Cessa and Bryan Mitchell had two completely different showings.

Cessa started the game for the Yankees and while he retired the first two batters of the game, he promptly gave up four runs on six hits in just 1.2 innings. A short time later, Mitchell entered the game, and promptly struck out five batters in three scoreless innings.

Mitchell looked like the starter the Yankees were about to take with them up north last season before he suffered a freak toe injury the last week of camp. While manager Joe Girardi won’t place emphasis on the competition based on one outing, he did admit Mitchell was impressive.

“The competition is gonna heat up now.” Girardi said on Thursday afternoon.

With two weeks to go before Opening Day, Mitchell knows he doesn’t have much time to prove he belongs in a rotation that currently consists of Masahiro TanakaCC Sabathia and Michael Pineda.

“You could definitely say that I’m competing,”Mitchell said after his impressive outing. “I’m not out there thinking about it, but I’m out there competing.”

So far, Mitchell is competing with Cessa, Luis SeverinoAdam Warren, and Chad Green for the final two spots in the rotation. Girardi knows that soon enough he’s going to have to pick two winners out of the five rotation hopefuls.

“I just want two guys that are going to be extremely competitive and keep us in games, give us some length and do their job,” Girardi said prior to Thursday’s game. “It doesn’t really matter which two.”

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6 Responses to Bryan Mitchell is creating competition for the other rotation hopefuls

  1. Tyler Johnson says:

    Mitchell is the real deal!! If he isn't one of the 5, there should be an investigation!

  2. Bob Ryan says:

    Leading in 6 out 8 pitching stats on the yanks pitching staff. Go Mitchell

  3. ERIC PELLIS says:

    Be careful. He may be the number 4 starter but this guy is a bottom of the rotation starter. His control is not the best and he will give up the long ball, but with that being said he is probably better than anyone else we have that is competing for the bottom of the rotation.

    • Tyler Johnson says:

      I know it's only two springs but 33 innings with 5 walks seems to me like he has his control mostly figured out

  4. D. Schang says:

    He's a Major Leaguer now who has earned the opportunity to show what he can accomplish as a starter. Please give him the chance he deserves. Bryan thrives on competition and Coach Girardi knows that!

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