Welcome to Yankees Pros and Cons, a weekly column at Pinstripe Alley!
Each Monday we point out a series of players who either impressed or underperformed. The Yankees had an eventful week, playing six games with a rainout and doubleheader in the mix. The team won two of them, lost three, and finished one game in a tie. Talk about a busy stretch!
Now, to the list:
Pro: Brett Gardner
For most of the offseason, fans second-guessed the Yankees’ decision to sign Brett Gardner. The team brought the outfielder back on a one-year, $7.5 million deal. Gardner lost his starting job last fall, but he impressed in his early spring outings. Through three games he’s gone 2-for-5, with the two hits coming on a pair of home runs he slugged yesterday. That’s a not a bad start.
Con: Danny Farquhar
Farquhar’s first game in camp did not go according to plan. He only recorded one out, and allowed five runs on three hits and two walks. In an extremely small sample size, that works out to an ERA of 135.
Pro: Danny Farquhar
Holy cow, Danny Farquhar pitched in a game! Farquhar, who collapsed in the White Sox dugout after suffering a life-threatening aneurysm last April, was healthy enough to play. That’s incredible. It’s the feel-good story of the spring. Plus, to make things even cooler, his family brought a cheering section to the game.
Farquhar seriously won the week.
Con: Trevor Stephan
Poor Trevor Stephan. He made the list in the con category last week, too. His rough spring continued yesterday against the Blue Jays. He allowed four runs — three earned — over 1.1 innings of work. Better luck next time.
Pro: Chad Green
Green pitched on Friday night and had unhittable stuff. He saw four batters, retiring three on strikeouts. Of the 15 pitches he tossed, 13 went for strikes. That is peak Green. He has been a force out of the bullpen for the last two seasons, and showed no signs of rust in the early goings this spring.
Con: Chance Adams
Welp, the shine wore off of Adams’ prospect status fast, didn’t it? The right-hander made a start last Wednesday, and he got clobbered. Like Farquhar, he only recorded one out. He allowed five runs on three hits and a walk. Maybe it’s time for Adams to head to the bullpen.
Do you agree with this list? Have any pros and cons of your own? Let us know in the comment section!