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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.

Yankees MLB Draft 2017: Yankees select RHP Chad Whitmer from Southern Illinois University with the 302nd pick of the tenth round

With their final pick on day two of the 2017 MLB Draft the Yankees selected RHP Chad Whitmer out of Southern Illinois University. Whitmer was the ninth pitcher and eighth RHP to be selected out of the first ten players drafted by the team. Whitmer is from South Bend, Indiana and attended Penn High School. He is 6’3” and weighs 180 pounds.
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Whitmer was used primarily as a starter in his senior season for Southern Illinois. He went 6-3 with a 3.46 ERA and 95 strikeouts. He had a career 3.70 ERA at the collegiate level. Whitmer profiles as a reliever with elite control as he only allowed 2.2 BB/9 over 104 innings last season. Whitmer won MVC player of the week twice and earned second-team All-MVC for the 2017 season.


Whitmer will save the Yankees money as the senior pitcher will likely be easy to sign, and the Yankees will have the leverage in negotiations. The Yankees had their sights set on pitching throughout the course of the first ten rounds of the 2017 Draft and succeeded. Rounds 11-40 start tomorrow and the BBB will inform everyone on any notable picks.

Article by: Ryan Thoms
 

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