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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.

Sheffield and Widener combine for a no hitter in AA Trenton's 2-0 win

Justus Sheffield is a prospect Yankee fans have been very excited about since he came to the team at the 2016 trade deadline. He has been performing well in his first full season with the team and tonight at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, New Jersey, Sheffield was a big part of a special performance by the team.

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In a matchup that pitted the Trenton Thunder against the New York Mets affiliate, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, Sheffield and Taylor Widener combined for a no hitter. Sheffield started the game, pitching four innings while striking out three and walking two. Widener relieved Sheffield and pitched the remaining five innings, getting the win while striking out seven and walking none.

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The combined no-no helped Trenton take a 2-1 lead in their best of five Eastern League semifinal matchup, where one more win will push them to the Easton League Championship series. The brilliant performances by Sheffield and Widener come just days after another highly touted Yankees prospect, infielder Thairo Estrada hit for the cycle to even the series with Binghamton. The Yankees minor league system has given us plenty to be excited for the future this year and tonight Sheffield and Widener gave us two more. 

Stay tuned for more news about the minor league playoffs.

Article by Matt Graziano