Ivan Nova: Nova was fabulous last season 16-4 with an ERA of 3.70. If you had told the Yankees that he would have been this good they would never have sent hi down for a short mid season stint in the minors. This might have cost him his shot at 20 wins. The big question will be can he do it again? Seems he was certainly the benefactor of a lot of good offence in his starts. It’s a lot to ask of a 24 year old and although he will be slotted as the number two guy i see him as more of a number three.
Phil Hughes: Phil is a great young pitcher with a huge ceiling. He has shown flashes of brilliance and was great in 2010. In 2011 he was on the disabled list for the majority of the season after getting off to a horible start. His average fastball velocity dropped from 94 to 90 and his slider lacked that bite that made him so effective. Can he return to 2010 form or will he end up being more like Wang was and never really make it back from injury?
Freddy Garcia: Garcia had a great year for a 35 year old that everyone thought was washed up and down for the count. Garcia in a Mike Mussina fashion reinvented himself. Can he have another year of sub four ERA and double digit wins? Or will his age catch up with him? Remember he is 35!
AJ Burnett: The biggest question surrounding AJ was what were the Yankees thinking when they signed this guy for this much money after one great season. Now they are stuck with an overpaid .500 pitcher who lacks any consistency at all. AJ can pitch I have seen it! I just want to see him do it more than a couple of starts in a row.
CC Sabathia: No question marks here that concern me. Some analysts are concerned with his weight but he has always been on the hefty side. He came into spring last year a little lighter and it showed in the first half . Then he kinda let his conditioning go a little and that showed in the second half of the season. It will be interesting to see which CC we see.
Questions Questions Questions Brian Cashman stated that the rotation was a priority and yet he passed on every pitcher that he could have picked up. Barring a last minute run at one of the few remaining that matter. I believe that one of the young starters down on the farm might make the rotation out of the spring. Perhaps Hector Noasi or even Manny Banualos will make a splash in camp. I can’t wait to see what happens with this one.