Is Chad Green for Real?

green-chad-usnews-getty-ftr_1341wpyw9vyfg160bzeszpl6tdChad Green has always pitched well in the minor leagues, so it was no shock that the Yankees asked for him as part of the deal for Justin Wilson this winter.  Green was seen as the #2 player of the deal, with the main piece being Luis Cessa (who also pitched well this weekend).

Green’s minor league numbers look like this:

2013 (A+ & Rookie): 4-0, 3.54 ERA, 7.1 K/9, 2.7 BB/9

2014 (A): 6-4, 3.11 ERA, 8.6 K/9, 1.9 BB/9

2015 (AA): 5 – 14, 3.93 ERA, 8.3 K/9, 2.6 BB/9

2016 (AAA): 7-6, 1.52 ERA, 9.5 K/9, 2.0 BB/9

Very consistent through AA, before being perhaps the best pitcher in AAA this season.

So far in the majors, he has pitched very well out of the bullpen but has had mixed results as a starter.

His first start was on May 16, a drubbing by the Diamondbacks in which he gave up 6 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits over 4 innings.

His next start came almost 2 months later against the Padres, and he was dominant. 6 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 8 strikeouts.

Of course, he followed  that game up by throwing batting practice to the Indians, serving up 4 home runs and allowing 7 ER in 4 1/3 innings. After working some things out in the AAA and then pitching 8 scoreless innings out of the Yankee bullpen, he was once again given an opportunity to start against a bad Mets offense. The Mets, though, bashed 8 hits in just 3 2/3 innings (in a game the Yankees would eventually win 9-5).

His last two starts, though, have been terrific.  He’s pitched 12 innings, allowed 7 hits, 1 walk and struck out 17 against the Blue Jays and Angels.

The Yankees would love for Green (and Cessa) to give them consistent starts over the final 5 weeks of the season and make their case as cheap rotation options for 2017.

 

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