Bullpen’s are a fickle thing and change from year to year as we have discussed in this space before. One year they are excellent, other years no so much. Sometimes, you just need to take fliers on guys and throw things up against the wall to see if it sticks. Brett Tomko could be one of those guys.
Tomko pitched in the Atlantic Legaue last year and even though he struggled, he was throwing in the 90′s which is good, especially when your age begins with the number four. Tomko will be auditioning for squads later this month and it’s something the New York Yankees may take part in checking out.
Tomko last appeared with the Texas Rangers in 2011. He pitched in eight games where he went 0-1 with an ERA over 4. He pitched for the Yankees back in 2009 out of the bullpen. He struggled, going 1-2 with a 5.23 ERA in 15 games. He struck out only 11 in 20 innings and had a 1.258 WHIP and got released in July. He also wasn’t happy with the way he was used with the Yankees.
Tomko has been reportedly willing to take a minor league deal and help mentor some of the younger pitchers. To me, if he throws well in the audition and will take a minor league deal with an invite to spring training it’s a no-brainer. Why not give it a shot?
Sometimes you have to take a minor risk and see if it works. Sometimes it does like the New York Mets signing of Latroy Hawkins last year. The Yankees have nothing to lose by offering it to him so why not?