Early Returns on Some Former Yankees

With a tick over twenty-percent of the season in the bag, many important statistics are beginning to stabilize. So while it is still very early in the season, the snap judgments that we all love to make are every so gradually shifting from inane to informed. That does not, of course, mean that the ending of this season has been written - each team still has in the neighborhood of 130 games remaining, and it would be foolish to assume that even stabilized analytics are not flukish (consider, for example, Dee Gordon being the second-best position player in baseball). As we toe the line between ludicrously small sample size and semi-meaningful-but-still-small sample size, we can try to get a picture of what the Yankees will do going forward. And we have done that in spades. Instead, I will focus on those ex-Yankees that played a not-insignificant role on the team last season, and ended up donning another uniform in 2015.

Francisco Cervelli, Pittsburgh Pirates .267/.323/.337, 6 R, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 87 wRC+, 0.3 fWAR, 94 PA

Cervelli was dealt for Justin Wilson this off-season, acquired by the Pirates to take over for former Yankee Russell Martin, and to be backed-up by former Yankee Chris Stewart. It seems that Neil Huntington has a thing for Yankees backstops.

Shane Greene, Detroit Tigers 42.0 IP, 39 H, 11 BB, 24 K, 4.71 ERA, 3.48 FIP, 0.8 fWAR

Remember when Greene made countless fans and media members lament the Didi Gregorius deal by spinning three gems to open the season? Well he followed that up by allowing 20 earned runs in his next three starts (11 IP), before dominating the Royals this past weekend. The lesson, always: small sample sizes are not to be trusted. Yes, even these larger small sample sizes.

David Huff, Los Angeles Dodgers 4.0 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 9.00 ERA, 10.15 FIP, -0.2 fWAR

Huff went from something of a fixture in the Yankees bullpen to up-and-down guy with the Dodgers in relatively short order. That's ... unsurprising.

Shawn Kelley, San Diego Padres 6.2 IP, 13 H, 5 BB, 7 K, 10.80 ERA, 7.21 FIP, -0.2 fWAR

Kelley has spread his awfulness out fairly well, allowing three runs in two separate appearances, two in another (last night, in fact, after returning from a brief stint on the DL), and allowing another run and a couple of inherited runners to score in another. He always felt akin to a wannabe Robertson, in that he often found himself in self-made disaster situations ... but he rarely found his way out of said jams.

Hiroki Kuroda, Hiroshima Karp 39.0 IP, 41 H, 9 BB, 24 K, 3.46 ERA

We miss you, #HIROK.

Brandon McCarthy, Los Angeles Dodgers 23.0 IP, 24 H, 4 BB, 29 K, 5.87 ERA, 6.23 FIP, -0.3 fWAR

In news that surprised no one, yet remained wholly devastating nonetheless, McCarthy got injured and had to undergo Tommy John Surgery. Here's hoping for a speedy recovery for one of the most interesting guys in the game.

David Phelps, Miami Marlins 31.0 IP, 27 H, 11 BB, 19 K, 2.90 ERA, 3.00 FIP, 0.8 fWAR

Like Greene, Phelps seems poise for a trip to Regression City. Despite allowing one of the highest line drive rates in the league, as well as a great deal of medium and hard contact, he has yet to surrender a home run, while holding batters to a .273 BABIP. All this while striking out over two-plus fewer batters per nine versus his career norms, without appreciably improving his walk rate.

Martin Prado, Miami Marlins .292/.331/.385, 14 R, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 97 wRC+, 0.5 fWAR, 140 PA

As I remarked this off-season, Prado is always a safe bet to put up league-average production, and this year has been no exception. Well, his power numbers are a bit off (.092 ISO against a career rate of .136), but he's hitting the crap out of the ball as the Marlins' everyday third baseman.

David Robertson, Chicago White Sox 14.0 IP, 9 H, 1 BB, 25 K, 0.64 ERA, -0.20 FIP, 0.8 fWAR

No, that FIP isn't a typo - Robertson's FIP is indeed negative. He allowed his first run of the season on Sunday, and has otherwise been absolutely dominant for the struggling White Sox. And as much as I do love the Betances/Miller combo at the back of the bullpen (better known as Deldrew Millances), it's difficult to not miss Houdini and the High Socks.

Ichiro Suzuki, Miami Marlins .267/.323/.322, 11 R, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 80 wRC+, -0.3 fWAR, 99 PA

Well ... it only took him until April 29 to match last year's home run total. And he has chipped in three steals ... in six attempts.