LADY AT THE BAT: No More Kid Gloves For Hughes

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

No More Kid Gloves For Hughes


The Yankees had planned to bring Phil Hughes along slowly and carefully, not wanting to rush the number 1 prospect in not only the Yankee farm system, but in all of the minors. But in an article on ESPN.com, Joe Torre said "It's a neccesity for us." Torre said the organization's player development staff "[doesn't] think it's the wrong time for him." They feel Hughes is the right person to make the start against the Blue Jays on Thursday night.

The 20-year old right-hander was chosen in the first round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. Last year he split time between Class A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, going 12-6 with a 2.16 ERA, striking out 168 and walking 34 in 146 innnings. So far this year he's 2-1 with a 3.94 ERA in three starts at Triple-A Scranton, pitching six shutout innings last Wednesday against Syracuse. In that start he allowed two hits, struck out 10 and walked none. Does this all mean he'll be the savior of the Yankee rotation? Of course not. Does that mean I don't care what he does on Thursday? Of course not!

So Yankees Universe will pack The Stadium Thursday night for the Grand Opening of The Hughes Corporation. Good luck Phil.

The Lady

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