Who Is Pitching for the Yankees?

Who Is Pitching for the Yankees? is a blog about the New York Yankees baseball team.

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The Rotation

The Yankees have a few options when it comes to their pitching rotation. They can go with a traditional five-man rotation, or they can go with a six-man rotation. With a five-man rotation, they would have to decide who the fifth starter would be. With a six-man rotation, they would have an extra day of rest between starts.

Masahiro Tanaka

Tanaka, who is from Japan, signed a seven-year, $155 million contract with the Yankees in 2014. He has a career record of 52-28 with a 3.74 ERA in 103 starts.

Gerrit Cole

Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees pitcher, is originally from Newport Beach, California. Cole was drafted in the first round of the 2008 MLB draft by the Yankees out of Orange Lutheran High School. He played in their minor league system from 2008 to 2010, amassing a record of 12-3 with a 2.71 ERA in 23 games (22 starts). In June 2010, Cole was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates as part of a three-team trade that sent Javier Vázquez to the Atlanta Braves.

Cole made his MLB debut with Pittsburgh in 2013, pitching to a 10-7 win-loss record and a 3.22 ERA in 19 starts. He had his best season in 2015, when he was an All-Star and led the major leagues in strikeouts. After he posted a sub-.500 record in 2016, Cole rebounded in 2017 with a strong campaign that saw him earn his second All-Star selection. In 2018, he was traded back to the Yankees midseason. Wearing #45, Cole helped lead the Yankees to their 27th World Series championship that year by starting Game 3 of the Fall Classic.

The following year, Cole signed a nine-year contract worth $324 million – making him baseball’s highest-paid pitcher at that time – and helped the Yankees return to the World Series for a second consecutive year. In 2020, Cole won his first Cy Young Award after leading MLB in wins (20), strikeouts (34), ERA+ (212), and WAR (6.8).

Luis Severino

Luis Severino is a right-handed pitcher for the New York Yankees. He was born in the Dominican Republic and signed with the Yankees as an international free agent in 2011. Severino made his MLB debut in 2015 and became a regular member of the Yankees’ starting rotation in 2016. He has been selected to two All-Star Games (2017, 2018) and finished fourth in AL Cy Young Award voting in 2017.

J.A. Happ

J.A. Happ will start on the mound for the New York Yankees in their home game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, August 25.

Happ, who is 34 years old and originally from Illinois, is in his first season with the Yankees. He was acquired by the team from the Toronto Blue Jays in a trade on July 26, 2018.

In 19 starts this season, Happ has a record of 12-6 with an earned run average of 4.05. He has struck out 116 batters and walked 38.

The Bullpen

The Yankees have a deep bullpen and it’s one of their strengths. Who is pitching for the Yankees and what are their roles? The Yankees have a closer, a set-up man, and several middle relievers. Let’s take a look at each one.

Aroldis Chapman

Aroldis Chapman is a Cuban-born professional baseball pitcher who plays in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees. Chapman bats and throws left-handed, stands 6 feet 4 inches tall, and weighs 215 pounds. He has also played for the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs. Chapman is notable for being one of the rare pitchers who throws left-handed as well as being capable of throwing pitches at high velocity, with some as high as 105 miles per hour (169 km/h).

Zack Britton

Britton was signed by the Baltimore Orioles as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He made his MLB debut with the Orioles in 2011, and was traded to the Yankees in 2018. Britton is a three-time All-Star (2015, 2016, 2017), and was the AL Reliever of the Year in 2016. He has led the league in saves twice (2016, 2019).

Dellin Betances

Dellin Betances is a relief pitcher for the New York Yankees. He is 6’8″ and weighs 250 pounds. Betances was born in New York City and he attended high school at Grand Street Campus in Brooklyn. He was drafted by the Yankees in 2006 and he made his Major League debut in 2011. Betances has pitched in two World Series, winning one with the Yankees in 2009.

The Lineup

The Yankees have a great lineup this year, with a lot of young talent. They have a lot of players who can hit for power, and they have a lot of speed. Who is pitching for the Yankees this year?

Aaron Judge

Aaron James Judge (born April 26, 1992) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). Judge was unanimously selected as the American League (AL) Rookie of the Year in 2017 after setting a rookie record with 52 home runs. He finished second in voting for AL Most Valuable Player (MVP) that same year.

Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton is an American professional baseball outfielder for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Miami Marlins. A right-handed thrower and batter, he stands 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) tall and weighs 245 pounds (111 kg).

Stanton attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, where he was a three-sport star in baseball, basketball, and football. In football, Stanton was a wide receiver on offense and a cornerback on defense, receiving All-Mission League honors as a senior. As a pitcher in baseball compiled an 11–0 win–loss record with a 0.77 earned run average (ERA) and 139 strikeouts in 68 innings pitched.

The Florida Marlins selected Stanton in the second round of the 2007 MLB Draft. He made his MLB debut with the Marlins in June 2010. Later that year he won the National League (NL) Rookie of the Month Award for August. In 2012 Stanton won NL Silver Slugger Award and was an All-Star selection. After appearing in 149 games during the 2014 season Stanton became just the fifth player ever to hit at least 59 home runs before turning 25 years old; Stan Musial, Mel Ott, Eddie Mathews and Alex Rodriguez were the others to achieve this mark.

Gary Sanchez

The 25-year-old backstop led all of baseball in home runs (33) and RBI (90) among catchers last season while playing in just 122 games.

Gleyber Torres

Gleyber Torres is a 21-year-old infielder for the New York Yankees. He made his Major League debut in 2018 and was named American League Rookie of the Year.

Torres was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and signed with the Yankees as an international free agent in 2013. He played for the Yankees’ Single-A affiliate in 2014 and 2015 before being promoted to Double-A in 2016. In 2017, he was named the Minor League Defensive Player of the Year by Baseball America.

Torres made his MLB debut on April 22, 2018, and hit his first career home run on May 5. He finished the season batting .271 with 24 home runs and 77 RBIs. Torres was named American League Rookie of the Year on November 12, 2018.

The Bench

The New York Yankees have one of the deepest pitching staffs in baseball. They have a solid rotation and a strong bullpen. However, they also have a strong bench. Who are the pitchers on the Yankees’ bench?

Brett Gardner

Brett Gardner was born in Holly Hill, South Carolina, on August 24, 1983. He was drafted out of high school in the third round of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Yankees and made his professional debut that year with the Yankees’ Gulf Coast League affiliate. He spent 2002 with the Staten Island Yankees of the Class A short-season New York–Penn League, before being promoted to the Battle Creek bomPAs of the Class A Midwest League in 2003.

Cameron Maybin

Cameron Maybin is an outfielder for the New York Yankees. Born on April 4, 1983, in Asheville, North Carolina, Maybin was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the first round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his Major League debut with the Tigers in 2007, and was traded to the Miami Marlins in 2010. After a brief stint with the San Diego Padres, Maybin was traded to the Atlanta Braves in 2015. He signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as a free agent in 2016, and was traded to the Houston Astros midway through the 2017 season. He signed with the Yankees before the 2018 season. In 11 seasons, Maybin has batted .254 with 89 home runs and 432 RBIs.

Austin Romine

Austin Romine has been with the Yankees organization since he was drafted in the second round of the 2007 MLB draft. He made his MLB debut in 2011 and has been a part-time player for the Yankees since 2013. Romine is a career .242 hitter with 21 home runs and 108 RBIs in 592 games.

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