It’s been a rough couple of months for the 24-year-old pitching prospect out of San Diego State James Pazos, who spent the opening portion of the 2015 season at the New York Yankees Spring Training complex rehabbing from a injury in his pitching shoulder suffered at the tail end of spring training.
However, the southpaw is now healthy, and back in the Trenton Thunder bullpen, and according to Nick Peruffo of The Trentonian, he’s ‘very much on the radar’ for the Yankees big league roster, who are in dire need of some bullpen help.
“I think everybody in the bullpen or even starting down here is excited,” said Pazos, who made his 2015 debut on the road in Akron, Ohio on Thursday night. “There’s been more [bullpen] movement than there ever has been in the past, and it’s got us working and staying and hungry.”
Obviously Pazos was referring to the big move that came just over a week ago, when the Yankees decided to call up his former minor league roommate and fellow southpaw Jacob Lindgren. While there is more of a buzz surrounding Jacob Lindgren, a.k.a. the ‘strikeout factory,’ Pazos has actually recorded better numbers last season when both pitchers were healthy. Pazos posted a 1.50 ERA, which is significantly better than Lindgren’s 3.86.
With the recent struggles outside of Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances, the Yankees bullpen is surrounded by uncertainty. If Pazos can remain healthy and continue to post some impressive numbers, he might very well find himself on the same team as Jacob Lindgren once more, but this time in the Bronx!
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