The 2012 Triple-A Rotation

Could Betances be more than just a September call-up in 2012?

While the Yankees seemingly struggle to find that magical number two starter to slot in behind CC Sabathia in the rotation, the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rotation is just about set in stone. As of right now, the rotation looks to be Hector Noesi, Dellin Betances, Manny Banuelos, Adam Warren, and David Phelps.

Noesi will only be a starter in 2012, according to Brian Cashman. Last year, John Sickels ranked Noesi as the number five prospect in the system and gave him a grade B, stating that he loves "the control+velocity combo." With good velocity and command, Noesi may have what it takes to be the organization's next Ivan Nova. The only thing standing in the way of that as of now is a lack of innings, but that is about to be addressed with the upcoming season.

Plenty of ink has been spilled about the Yankees' top pitching prospects in Betances and Banuelos, so there isn't much of a need to go into great detail. The pair each threw about ~130 innings last season between Double-A and Triple-A, leaving them in good shape to increase their innings and work on their command. Betances may be running out of time on the prospect clock, but Banuelos, who will turn just 21 in March, has plenty of time to work out command issues. Both were graded as borderline B+ prospects according to Sickels.

Finally, the rotation is rounded out by Adam Warren and David Phelps, who could receive extended looks this Spring Training. The two are thought to be Major League ready, though they lack upside. According to Sickels, Phelps could be a fourth starter if given a chance, and Warren, with his ability to eat innings with decent stuff, could get a good look to be a starter for most teams.

For most teams, Triple-A is a place to keep players ready in case they are needed at the Major League level. For the Yankees, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will not only provide depth, but possible upside. There's a lot to be excited about with these five pitchers.

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