Pitchers and catchers report to Yankees camp in Tampa on Tuesday and hurrah; the new season officially kicks off!
On the heels of a season in which the starting and relief pitching beat up on projections, 2018 expectations have skyrocketed. The Yankees went 91-71 with a team ERA of 3.72, which was fifth-best in Major League Baseball.
Their 3.25 K/BB ratio was fourth-best overall, and a .228 batting-average-against was tied for first in MLB with the Dodgers.
More from Yankees News
- Yankees add to championship core with Wilmer Difo signing
- Aaron Judge’s ‘breadcrumbs’ showed he was never leaving Yankees, has more moves in mind
- Yankees analyst Cameron Maybin projects surprise landing spot for Gary Sánchez
- Yankees swipe intriguing minor-league FA lefty flamethrower from Braves
- What does Carlos Rodón’s new jersey number mean for Domingo Germán?
Montgomery was a surprise to win a rotation spot coming out of Spring Training and finished by placing sixth in Rookie of the Year voting.
"If we stay healthy, I like what we have, but the odds aren’t with us. If you go year to year and look at the staff staying healthy, you’re not going to use five starters in a year and you’re lucky if you get in under 10, really."
The Yankees organization is rich with hungry arms; Albert Abreu, Domingo Acevedo, Luis Cessa, Domingo German, Justus Sheffield and others will be in camp showcasing their talents and hoping to win the long man role in the rotation or a spot in the relief corps.
Fangraphs called the Yankees’ relief pitchers “possibly historic,” in 2018, just after one a season in which they were full of surprises until the trade deadline when Tyler Clippard was sent to the Houston Astros.
It is always exciting to watch prospects competing with the veterans for roster spots in Spring Training. However, will any pitcher emerge from this year’s camp as spectacularly as Jordan Montgomery did in 2017?