You can never have enough pitching
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Now that the Randy Johnson trade is complete, we can say that Ross Ohlendorf (along with Steven Jackson and Alberto Gonzalez on the Minors side and Luis Vizcaino on the big league side) are Yankees. Thus ends the long saga of waiting for everything to become official. I talked about Ohlendorf going through the Rookie Program as a member of the Diamondbacks, waiting to find out if he actually was officially traded.
Well, the Princeton product joined us on Around the Minors today (go to MLB Radio and check out the archive when it’s ready) and is clearly very excited about donning the pinstripes down the road. For now, he’s likely headed to Triple-A Scranton which could easily have the deepest rotation in the Minors in 2007. Check this out:
I used a question mark for that No. 5 spot because that’s where things get very interesting. With all the moves the Yankees have made, they are now ridiculously deep on the mound at the upper levels. If Jackson is in that rotation — and with an ERA well under 3.00 in Double-A last year, he clearly deserves to move up a rung — that leaves out a lot of other decent arms. Matt DeSalvo didn’t have a very good year in 2006, but has been to Triple-A in the past. Jeff Karstens went 11-5 with a 3.29 ERA across Double- and Triple-A and had a 3.80 ERA in the bigs. Steven White pitched well with Trenton, not as well in Triple-A, but should be back there. Darrell Rasner was 4-0 with a 2.76 ERA in 10 starts in Triple-A last year and also contributed to the big league club. That makes nine starters. Even if one or two make the leap to the bigs — and it’s a big stretch trying to figure out how that would work, especially considering the logjam in the pen that also now exists — there are still way too many arms for spots.
My question is this: What’s going to happen. Will there be some unhappy hurlers forced back down to Trenton? I’m sure the party line will be something like: Things always have a way of figuring themselves out, it’s a nice problem to have, or, you can never have enough pitching. I’m curious to know what people out there think will happen — send me your thoughts on the Yankees rotation/pen as well as the Scranton Yankees rotation.