Five Yankees Rookies Who Will Have Big Roles In 2015

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James Pazos: A former 13th round draft pick (2012), Pazos posted a 2.42 ERA (1.50 after joining the Trenton Thunder), a 1.13 WHIP, and struck out more than a batter per inning (75 strikeouts in 67 innings pitched.)

According to Brooks Baseball Blog, Pazos’ fastball has an average speed of 93 miles per hour and with his delivery, it is harder for some hitters. He also features a slider and a changeup.

One problem that might arise for Pazos in terms of making the opening day roster, is that it’s unclear how many lefties Girardi will carry, which could mean he goes to Triple-A for a little while.

Whether he makes the team out of Spring Training or not, he could see some time with the big club in 2015.