[I wrote this post on my site, but feel that it deserves a forum where it can be discussed, whether you agree or disagree]
Today’s inevitable Joba/Hughes debate, and the resulting arguments, one might come to realize, beg a question that’s much larger than who is the Yankees’ fifth starter in 2010.
Can the Yankees develop, successfully, a starting pitcher?
The answer, one that I’ve avoided very often, is that it’s been a very, very long time.
Since Andy Pettitte came through the system in the mid-90s, what starting pitcher has come up through the Yankees system, you are hard pressed to find a pitcher who came up through that same farm system and went on to have sustained success with the Yankees.
If you think about it, almost every 1-4 Yankee starter over the past decade, with very rare exception, from David Wells and David Cone to CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett, have come to the team via another team, whether it be trade or free agency.… Click here to read the rest