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February 09, 2007

The Clippard Question

John Sickels asks about Tyler Clippard. (Hat tip to YanksBlog.com.)

Who is he? The next Dave Eiland or the next Russ Springer or the next Bob Tewksbury?

Or, will he be the next El Duque Hernandez - who's made a nice living of "pitching backward" (which seems to be the issue for some on Clippard)?

Posted by Steve Lombardi at February 9, 2007 04:55 PM

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Let's pray that he's either in the Tewksbury mold or better. How do we know until the Yanks give the kid a chance with the big league.

Torre likes a guy who throws strikes and doesn't walk people, but it looks like he may give up a lot of long balls.

I say spot start him through the season and see what happens.

Posted by: mybaseb1 [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 9, 2007 05:57 PM

How could Clippard be overrated, as it's suggested in the article? He's almost always projected as a four/five and most totally dismiss his numbers.

Sickels is right that he has an average 90ish fastball, but he's wrong that his changeup is average -- it's anything but. Clippard's numbers are what they are because his off-speed and breaking stuff is very effective.

The bottom line is that if you only throw 90 mph no one trusts you until you get outs in the major leagues. Even though there's a long, long list of guys who have done just that.

Clippard is definitely a major-league pitcher -- where he fits in the rotation is up for debate. I think he could be a three, but if he ends up a four-five still means he will have tremendous value to the Yanks or another team. If people haven't noticed, five-starters cost ten million a year nowadays.

Clippard might not lead the rotation like Hughes, but I bet he helps this team in the future.

(I'm not so sure about Clippard gaining thirty pounds in the last two years -- was he 160/170 pounds at 19? He's THIN, but at 6'3"/6'4" that would be anorexic.)

Posted by: baileywalk [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 9, 2007 06:46 PM

(I'm not so sure about Clippard gaining thirty pounds in the last two years -- was he 160/170 pounds at 19? He's THIN, but at 6'3"/6'4" that would be anorexic.)
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Or Andy Ashby...

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 10, 2007 09:06 PM