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Corey Kluber is the ace the Yankees need

Corey Kluber is the difference maker and impact arm the Yankees need atop their rotation.  In 2017 and 2018, Yankee fans wished ace-like status on Luis Severino, but his inconsistencies have left him just short of owning the name.  Kluber, 32, has been the definition of consistent for the Cleveland Indians, winning 18+ games four out of the last five years and winning 20 games in 2018 for the first time in his career. Kluber has posted an ERA below 3.50 every season since 2014, and has struck out at least 220 hitters in the same span. Kluber keeps getting better, and is not showing any signs of regression. Kluber is an ace, the ace the Yankees need.

Brendan Ryan Called Up, Ramon Flores Sent Down

After a long time coming, Yankees veteran shortstop Brendan Ryan has been called up after finishing his rehab stint. In the corresponding roster move, the Yankees have optioned rookie OF Ramon Flores back to triple-A.

Before going 3-4 at the plate last night, Flores was only hitting .182 in eight games. What doesn’t appear in the box score was his exceptional defensive ability with 2 outfield assists – one coming in his major league debut – and multiple diving plays in left field. Last night, Flores collected two hits off Nationals ace Max Scherzer going 3-4 on the night to raise his batting average to .269. Overall, Flores went 7-26 with 1 double in 9 games.
Brendan Ryan finished his 7 game minor league rehab stint hitting .273 in 7 games with the Tampa Yankees, Trenton Thunder and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders. Ryan hit 2 doubles in 22 at bats and played strong defensively as he typically does. Ryan walked into the clubhouse unaware that the Stache Squad was no more as he sported his mustache. I'd expect it to be gone by game time this afternoon. The Yankees will look to him to exhibit his plus fielding ability as a middle infielder.

THE SPIN
Optioning Ramon Flores may have been relatively surprising given his three hits last night but it does bring the possibility that either Slade Heathcott or Jacoby Ellsbury – or both – are close to returning. Heathcott outhit Flores in both of their brief stints with the big league club and the Yankees are trying to get a healthy Ellsbury back as soon as possible.

With Stephen Drew’s recent power surge (.606 slugging over his last 10 games), his spot on the Yankees is safe – for now. If Jose Pirela continues to outplay him and outplays Ryan (which I expect him to do), Drew’s spot on the 25-man roster may be in jeopardy upon the return of Ellsbury or Heathcott.

Article by: Chad Raines
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