Update on Yankees pitchers battling for a rotation spot

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Luis Cessa

The New York Yankees acquired Luis Cessa from Detroit following the 2015 season. The Cordoba, Mexico native has been a valuable swingman for the Bombers since. He’s made 86 total appearances with 19 starts.

During his time in pinstripes, Cessa has compiled a 4.50 ERA and a total of 190 strikeouts in 232 innings. This spring, the 27-year-old has been a mixed bag. He has six strikeouts and three earned runs in 5.2 innings. His career 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio shows Cessa has the control to be a rotation fixture.

Clarke Schmidt

Clarke Schmidt is a long shot option for this season as he tries to be the next man up. In 2017, as a member of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, he underwent Tommy John surgery before the draft. By 2019, he made it all the way to Double-A, with a 6-5 and 3.47 era.

This spring training is all about how capable Schmidt can be for this already injury-plagued rotation. With a 1.80 era and 6 strikeouts in 3 games, he’s making his case for a starting spot.

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Not being on the 40-man roster hurts his chances of making the team out of camp. Going back to the minors can help give him more opportunity to refine his game. It won’t be a surprise if he’s called up later this season.

Honorable mention: Deivi Garcia

Although he is the New York Yankees top prospect, there is still some work Deivi Garcia needs to do before getting called up. Polishing his abilities in the minors this year will make him a better pitcher.

Sometime during the summer or even September, he could make an appearance in pinstripes. Garcia has the delivery, arm strength and command to become a Major League pitcher.

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Although it is easy to start looking outside of the farm system, the 2020 New York Yankees have options within their organization to help the rotation and even the bullpen. Until Paxton and German come back, these are candidates that may be considered for the back end of the rotation in 2020.