The Yankees continue to add to their pitching depth.
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman doesn’t care if you’re laughing at his low-key moves this offseason despite the fact the team needs to make a league-shattering move for a No. 2 starter. He’s going to continue his work until that opportunity arises.
For now, he added another starting pitcher on a minor-league deal to give us a full on competition in spring training. Former Orioles right-hander Asher Wojciechowski will have an opportunity in the coming months to earn himself a roster spot.
However, it doesn’t seem likely. Never say never, but Wojciechowski’s stats are … really bad. The 32-year-old hasn’t had an impressive minor league career, which isn’t surprising when you look at his MLB stats.
The upside here? He has experience in the AL East. We’ll take it! And he’s also another member of the Eric Cressey army, which explains a lot. Cressy is likely the reason the Yankees signed Corey Kluber and another factor in the “links” to Chicago Cubs ace Kyle Hendricks. Maybe if we keep fulfilling Cressey’s suggestions, he’ll bring us the big fish?
Wojciechowski is a former first-round pick out of Auburn, but has been unable to find his footing ever since debuting in 2015 with the Houston Astros. Damn, he just missed the ball-doctoring crew that could’ve elevated his career!
Anyway, he got shelled in 2020, and his best season came in 2019, when he appeared in 17 games (16 starts) and recorded a 4.92 ERA and 1.31 WHIP with 80 strikeouts in 82.1 innings. He has a four-pitch mix featuring a fastball, slider, cutter and changeup, with his cutter becoming much more prominent the last two years.
In case you were curious, here are his stats against our AL East foes (obviously excluding the Orioles):
- Red Sox: 2-2 with a 1.93 ERA and 1.07 WHIP
- Blue Jays: 0-2 with 7.62 ERA and 1.54 WHIP
- Rays: 0-1 with a 5.32 ERA and 1.27 WHIP
Maybe we just pitch him against Boston when someone needs a rest? Sounds like a plan to us!