Neither Max Scherzer nor José Berríos can be carrying pinstripes as many Yankee followers had hoped, however the Yankees did add a beginning pitcher on the commerce deadline Friday afternoon.
Andrew Heaney, previously of the Los Angeles Angels, is coming east to the Bronx together with the extremely regarded and sought-after “money issues.” In alternate, the Yankees despatched Double-A pitchers Janson Junk and Elvis Peguero to the Halos.
In the event you aren’t intimately acquainted with Heaney, you could be forgiven, as mid to back-end rotation starters who pitch on the left coast typically don’t stand out. To be clear, once I say “mid to again finish” I don’t imply that derisively, as Heaney has been higher than his conventional numbers may counsel. His Okay%-BB% is ninth within the AL amongst 43 pitchers who’ve logged a minimal of 90 innings (simply forward of Lance Lynn, Nathan Eovaldi, and Berríos) and his anticipated numbers are significantly better than his outcome-based statistics. His xFIP of three.81 – which is sort of equivalent to Lucas Giolito’s and higher than Lynn’s – is .24 higher than his FIP, and his anticipated ERA is greater than a run higher than his conventional ERA.
This isn’t to say he’s one other Robbie Ray being lined up and hidden by old-school stats – he’s not. What he’s to his new teammates is somebody who can eat innings at or close to league common efficiency, and add depth to the rotation. His arrival sends Nestor Cortes Jr. again to the bullpen and holds down a rotation spot till Luis Severino and/or Corey Kluber return. (Or for the glass half-empty crowd, in the event that they don’t return.)
As of this writing, no bulletins have been made by the staff, but when I had been a betting man I’d be considering Sal Romano is on his option to Scranton to make room for Heaney.
Ought to the remainder of the season go the appropriate means for the Yankees, would Heaney be somebody Yankee followers can be comfy seeing begin a Recreation 7 in October? No, completely not.
Is he somebody who Yankee followers must be OK with seeing each fifth day to offer the staff five-plus consultant innings? Sure.
No less than Brian Cashman hopes so. Though Junk and Peguero weren’t excessive on the Yankees’ prospect record coming into 2021, Junk pitched very properly in Somerset, and Peguero was only in the near past promoted to Double-A, so the Angels didn’t precisely simply give Heaney away. Add to the equation that Heaney is a pending free agent, and it might prove that the Yankees simply shuttled two prospects away if Severino and/or Kluber return and Heaney departs at season’s finish.
There’s a very huge spectrum of outcomes right here, which vary from Heaney being a dependable mid-rotation starter for 2 months, to Heaney merely not pitching fairly often if reinforcements arrive. No matter the way it works out, this transfer is unlikely to have an enormous affect on the Yankees’ fortunes both quick or long run.
For the Angels, at 51-52 and trailing 4 groups within the “race” for the second wild card, it’s protected to say they’re merely trying to get “one thing” for Heaney even whether it is Junk (I’m so sorry, I simply couldn’t preserve that in any longer) moderately than lose him to free company.
If as a reader of Pinstripe Alley, you’re not involved concerning the Angels finish of it, I perceive. But I’ll counter that you need to be involved concerning the well being of baseball. What the Angels are depriving all baseball followers of – once more – is seeing Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani within the postseason. One staff has the very best participant of his technology in his prime and one other participant who (for this season anyway) has been even higher than that. Is their continued absence from prime-time postseason video games in entrance of a nationwide viewers the largest drawback MLB has? No, not even shut – however make no mistake, it’s a drawback. Part of all of us must be rooting for the Angels just a bit bit if for no different motive than it’d be nice for baseball.