New York Yankees non-roster invitees part two – pitchers

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Pitchers with big league reps.

Rex Brothers, LHP – A seven-year major league veteran, Brothers has met with mixed results. His ERA is good at 3.79 and he strikes out 1.17 batters per inning. With the good comes the bad, Brothers has a high career WHIP of just under 1.5. He could be a good situational pitcher, that’s a far cry from being the Colorado Rockies first-round draft pick in 2010.

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Nestor Cortes LHP – He was New York Yankees property until he was selected by Baltimore in the Rule 5 draft in December 2017. His audition with the O’s lasted all of four games. A pair of grand slams allowed later he was sent back to the Yankees.

Cortes has been remarkably effective during his minor league career. Check out these numbers 108 games, 58 starts, 439.1 innings pitched, 2.50 ERA, 443 K’s, and a minuscule .214 batting average against with a 1.04 WHIP. It looks like Baltimore may have tried to get Cortes a little too soon. The 24-year-old could be a Major League starter in a season or two.

Danny Coulombe, LHP – Since leaving Texas Tech, Coulombe has had a fairly inauspicious career. Especially, at the Major League level where he has a 4.27 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. He doesn’t have dominating stuff, but as the saying goes: being a left-handed pitcher means never having to say goodbye.

Danny Farquhar, RHP – Seven seasons in the majors and Farquhar is back with the Yankees. He was with the organization for less than four weeks in 2012. The Bombers claimed him off waivers from Oakland in June. 27 days later Farquar was part of the package New York sent to Seattle for Ichiro.

He’s got an above average fastball, he offsets with an outstanding curveball. Farquhar’s big problem is his lapses of control.

Drew Hutchison, RHP – The only reason I can figure out why he keeps getting Major League chances is that he gets plenty of strikeouts (415 in 460.2 innings pitched. He’s never had a major league season with an ERA under 4.48. He couldn’t even stay with the pitching-starved Texas Rangers last year, posting an 8.86 ERA over five starts in late August. He is a huge longshot.

David Hale, RHP – After signing a minor league free agent contract a year ago, Hale was with the Yankees on two different occasions during 2018. The former Atlanta Braves third-round draft pick from Princeton University posted a 2.53 ERA in 10.1 innings with the Bronx Bombers.

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One or two of the pitchers may throw some meaningful innings in the Bronx this season.