Masahiro Tanaka had his second bullpen session today, and all in attendance were impressed. Yankees catcher J.R. Murphy stated, “what surprised me was the effort level looked minimal and it was coming out really good.” This is just the latest of many reports of Tanaka’s success since arriving in Tampa.
There are reports of Tanaka’s physical prowess, not even being winded by wind sprints. He also mentioned that he was surprised how short some of the workouts are. Immediately, he is turning into a player the entire team can look up to. In time, he may even be able to help get the team into even better shape.
Tanaka has an array of pitches, six to be exact. Scouts drooled over his sinker. He also throws a fastball, cutter, curveball, slider, and changeup. It may take time for McCann and Girardi to learn all of Tanaka’s nuances, but the available options are more than worth it.
Tanaka was asked about his favorite part of spring training so far. Tanaka replied the bullpens. Why? “Because I love to throw.”
Now that’s an attitude I’m sure every Yankee executive loves to see.