Yankees Editorial: Who Wants the Last Rotation Spot?


Four men enter one rotation spot open, who will win? After Chris Capuano injury earlier this spring the fifth rotation spot became a wide open competition at spring training. The four Yankees competing are Esmil Rogers, Chase Whitley, Adam Warren, and Bryan Mitchell.

Rogers is the most experience out of all the pitchers competing for the final spot. Larry Rothschild has been working with Rogers since the Yankees picked him up through waivers. Rogers has had a very good spring, and is pushing Warren for the final spot in the rotation.

Chase Whitley has had a good spring, but seems unlikely to be the fifth starter. He will give depth to the Yankees, while starting in Triple A.  The only way he makes the opening day roster is becoming the long deliver. I would rather have Whitley in the minor leagues and starting games, then Whitley being the long reliever for the Yankees.

Bryan Mitchell had the farthest to climb out of the four pitchers competing for the final spot, and he did not succeed. Mitchell was sent down on March 29th. Mitchell had the least experience out of all the pitchers, but could have the best stuff.

The Yankee scouts have said that he could have better stuff then recently departed Shane Greene. Mitchell gave up six runs in his three appearances this spring. Mitchell will be able to get more experience, and who knows maybe he will be a September call up.

Adam Warren is the favorite out of all the pitchers. Warren  has four pitches that mix well, and translates well as a starting pitcher. He does not overpower anybody, but uses his accuracy in locating pitches. Brian Cashman all but confirmed he will win the last spot in a quote.

"I think there’s a predictable favorite. I guess that’s as far as I can go on that one. Right now, if we had to make a decision today, I think we all know what that decision would be. There’s a Secretariat right now in this race for me that’s got a number of lengths ahead of the field."

These four have had a great opportunity this spring to join the Yankee rotation.  Warren is a clear favorite for the job, but I rather have Rogers get the last spot in the rotation. Do you think Warren should be the fifth starter over Rogers, and Whitley?

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