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3. Jonathan Loaisiga

The Yankees could see if Loaisiga is a long-term starter in 2020.

With a pair of starts already under his belt, New York could hand Jonathan Loaisiga a more solidified role in the Yankees rotation.

Early on, Loaisiga has continued to flash his electric stuff, with 10 strikeouts in 8.1 innings, but has had issues finishing off hitters. In his most recent start against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 6, it took him 51 pitches to record just seven outs.

If he wants to be a successful starter, he will need to improve his efficiency, but with more chances to take the mound, hopefully Loaisiga’s arm talent will win out.

Still, his performance was world’s better than Happ’s start (4 IP, 4 ER, 6 BB)  earlier that afternoon.

There’s no denying that Loaisiga has shown that he can be a legitimate weapon out of the bullpen, but at only 25 years old, it still seems quite early to give up on his potential as a starter.