New York Yankees Pitchers: 2015 Team Preview

Sep 17, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws a pitch during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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According to Tanner’s projected rotation, there are only two pitchers of interest and neither one is a former Cy Young winner.  The big name ace of the New York Yankees is now Masahiro Tanaka.  While Tanaka could be any team’s fantasy ace, he also seems incredibly susceptible to another serious elbow injury.  I have a bad feeling that Masahiro Tanaka’s arm will not hold up and neither will the teams who drafted him to be their staff ace.

Michael Pineda only managed 76.1 IP in a very bizarre 2014 season, but he threw to the tune of a 1.89 ERA and .83 WHIP.  However, those numbers were backed by a .233 BABIP and insanely lucky HR/FB% of 5.4% in Yankee Stadium.  Between a great 2011 and about 40% of a 2014 season, the 6’7” 265 pound righty is worth a risk because his cost will be low due to his injury history.  Michael Pineda is far from a guarantee, but he is a classic low risk, high reward type of player.

The most interesting note in the table is that Tanner believes that Andrew Miller will be the Yankees’ closer, while I feel that Dellin Betances will get the ball in the ninth.  The two of them were arguably the two premier set-up men in 2014.  Both of them could be top five closers if they are given the job as you can see here.  Their ratios will rank right among the elite closers in MLB.  Whoever is given the job will see a huge rise in their stock and propelled to a top 10 ADP among closers.

Tanner Bell of Smart Fantasy Baseball has created all of the projections seen in this post.  You can read about how he develops his projections here.  His projections are invaluable to this site.  You can also visit his site at www.smartfantasybaseball.com.