Checking in on 3 pitchers Yankees traded away in 2022: Who's heating up?
By Adam Weinrib
We get it. Many Yankees fans have expressed their frustration with the ongoing "Clarke Schmidt as a starter" experiment, which Aaron Boone admitted isn't likely to end while two of the team's top starters in Luis Severino and Carlos Rodón are on the shelf.
"“He’s one of our starters right now. We’re a little banged up in the rotation right now. He’s got to go out and find a way to get to that next level. We don’t really have that luxury right now.”"- Aaron Boone
The good news (Bad news? Just "news" in general?) is that it seems unlikely the Yankees would be getting drastically better results from any of the young pitchers they traded away at the 2022 trade deadline, receiving Frankie Montas and Scott Effross in exchange.
Schmidt, Ken Waldichuk, Hayden Wesneski and JP Sears could all have bright futures. In a worst-case scenario, only the three non-Yankees would succeed, while Schmidt was left behind.
At this moment in time, though, all four pitchers are still figuring things out (though, it must be said, Schmidt still lags behind in fourth).
How well are former Yankees pitching prospects performing for Oakland, Chicago?
Ken Waldichuk, LHP, Oakland A's
The silver lining in Waldichuk's 2023 season so far is that his best performance of the year came in his most recent outing against Chicago -- where, yes, he missed being matched up with Wesneski by just one day.
Perhaps the burden of sky high expectations being lessened will help the left-hander, who was replaced as Oakland's star pitching attraction by recently-promoted top prospect Mason Miller.
Still, the early returns on Waldichuk don't show the same unfettered dominance from his minor-league days. His five innings of shutout ball against the Cubbies, along with three walks and five strikeouts, lowered his season ERA to 7.65 and his WHIP to 1.85; he's allowed 27 hits and 10 walks in 20 innings. There's not much difference between his season and Schmidt's, at the moment, other than Waldichuk's ability to complete five innings.