Domingo German Is Possibly a Big Story Developing In Front of Our Eyes

Domingo German (3-1 2.37, 19 IP 9 H, 23 K’s, 7 BB) is possibly a BIG story developing in front of our eyes. If Luis Severino was not injured and in the Yankee rotation pitching as well as German is right now, all would be thought well in Yankee Universe.

The Yankees may have another young stud in their rotation. And that is why the Yankee management were not that interested in adding a Dallas Keuchel or other high-priced veteran at the end of Spring training when Severino went down, and why they may now let Gio Gonzalez opt out of the minor league contract they signed him to.

German’s Future

Baseball cybermetricians are now getting into “future” analytics — aka don’t expect the future to be exactly like the past. Which experienced baseball GM’s and managers have always known. The Yankees continued to have big faith in German after last year’s 2-6 5.57 debut as a starter, because of his ‘stuff’ and what he showed in the spring. Even last year he had a line of 85.2 IP, 81 H, and 103 K’s — but 33 BB’s which is a bit high.

German, age 26 and 6’2, throws a mid 90’s fastball with movement, has a good off-speed pitch and developing curveball, enabling him the high strikeout-to-innings-pitched ratio. He has a tendency to walk a few and give up the long ball.

German Is Now Part of the 5-Man Rotation

Even with CC Sabathia now back (and German pitching in relief of CC his first start back), and with a rotation headed by Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, and J.A. Happ — there is still a 5th slot open with Severino out.

German has taken that slot. As he develops accuracy, confidence, and the curveball — he could be a BIG story this summer in the Bronx.

The Trade that Got German Here

The Yankees acquired German from the Florida Marlins in the Dec. 19, 2014 trade that sent Martin Prado and David Phelps to the Marlins in exchange for Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Jones, and German.

 

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