Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Joba's Potential Replacements,
Cox and Melancon Promoted

Two possible substitutes for Joba Chamberlain in the back of the Yankees bullpen, Mark Melancon and JB Cox, were each given a promotion to AA and AAA respectively.

Cox is the more advanced of the two, mostly because he has logged more professional innings before going down with his elbow injury. Melancon probably has the best stuff, however, and may have the better make-up to pitching in the eighth inning.

Whatever the case may be, both Cox and Melancon have the stuff and mentality to contribute to the Yankees big league pen this summer.

From the SWB Yanks blog:
The Yankees on Tuesday promoted J.B. Cox to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre...

Thanks to a text message good friend John Nalbone, is that Mark Melancon is taking Cox's place in Trenton. Melancon has been in Tampa where he's allowed one run in his past 13.1 innings. He's also walked two and struck out 15 in that span.
The Yankees brass just took another meaningful step toward inserting Chamberlain into the starting five.


Anonymous said...

just keep joba in the pen,, unless he can hit it doesnt matter where or when he pitches

Anonymous said...

what sense does keeping in the BP do when he's being groomed to be the Future Ace ? some of you fans need to realize the only reason he is in the BP is because he has an innings cap, he's going into the rotation, this has already been decided.

Bronx Liaison said...

Although I thank you for the opinion mjn, I have to completely agree with anon.

This has been the plan since Spring training and it has never wavered. Chamberlain will join the rotation after the break and a large cast of talented pitching prospects will attempt to fill in

Unknown said...

Well put. Glad they have stable of young pitchers to replace Joba.