Over 20 years ago, the Yankees began developing the greatest failed starting pitcher in history, Mariano Rivera. With Hughes and Chamberlain in constant rotation/bullpen limbo over the last few years, you could make a case that not much has changed in two decades. Banuelos and Betances should see regular starts in the later part of 2012 or sometime during the 2013 season, but if they don’t immediately pitch into the middle of the rotation, we’ll hear the same discussion about how poorly the Yankees have developed starting pitchers. Regardless, the team remains the best organization at scouting and developing relief pitchers.
Of the top 15 relief pitchers in 2011, according to ERA, five were graduates of the Yankees’ minor league system. (David Robertson 1.08, Tyler Clippard 1.83, Mariano Rivera 1.91, John Axford 1.95, and Alfredo Aceves 2.03) Three of the top six saves leaders in 2011 were drafted or signed by the team. (John Axford 46, Mariano Rivera 44, and Drew Storen 43) Three of the top five holds leaders were also drafted or signed by the Yankees.… Click here to read the rest