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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/25/21

Luis Medina looking like a stud in the early going; Yankees will still have to answer rotation questions as the season progresses; How does Corey Kluber’s no-hitter stack up?

Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images | Brendan Kuty: Yankees pitching coordinator Sam Briend spoke glowingly of top pitching prospect Luis Medina, praising the right-hander’s development so far this year. The team has stressed with him the importance of attacking with a plan on the mound, and so far, Medina looks like he’s taken a step forward. Medina has struck out 32 in 18.2 innings, running a 1.45 ERA for High-A Hudson Valley.

New York Post | Dan Martin: The story of the last few weeks has been that of the Yankees’ starting pitching dominance. Even so, Martin argues that the Yankees still have questions to answer about their rotation, namely regarding how they plan to manage their starters’ workloads with an eye on October. The unit is firing on all cylinders right now, but it is fair to wonder whether the Yankees will ask the likes of Corey Kluber, Jameson Taillon, and Domingo Germán, all of whom basically didn’t pitch for almost two years, to simply tackle a full-season workload.

FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: With the recent spate of no-hitters, Jaffe got to thinking about how to put this season’s no-no’s in context, and compare them to previous years’ no-hitters. After statistucal gymnastics, he rates Max Scherzer’s 17-strikeout masterpiece against the Mets in 2015 as the top no-hitter of the last decade. By Jaffe’s methods, Kluber’s no-hitter against the Rangers came in as better than average, and third behind John Means and Carlos Rodon in terms of 2021’s gems.