Why Joba Chamberlain is being babied
In our comments section one of our frequent guests/sometime writer Daperman replied with the following comment re: Joba’s debut MLB start:
He can only throw a certain number of pitches. Why not give him three or four starts in AAA. Why not have him leave spring training in the rotation if that is what they wanted. Why is he being babied and not Kennedy or Hughes. What is with Joba that he is treated different?? Can someone please tell me.
I think many feel this way. In my mind its simply a matter of building up arm strength.
Hughes pitched 146 IP in 2006 before his 2007 debut
Between the milb & MLB Ian Kennedy threw 183
The knock on Joba is his lack of innings pitched. 2007 was his first year of pro-ball and very few expected him to move up the way he did. Between milb & mlb he pitched 114 IP. Joba forced the Yankees hand by striking out 135 in 88 minor league innings. In college he didn’t pitch too never had a heavy workload, with his season high being 119 IP for Nebraska. In his college career Joba has battled weight issues (dropped 25 lbs) and has also had knee surgery. Clearly he needs to be lengthened out slowly and due to his rapid accent to the majors the Yankees haven’t been able to do this in a manner that befits long term longevity. I can bang my chest all day about how men should be men, etc but erring on the side of caution when it comes to young pitchers is a sound strategy in my book. Just look at the career and recent hardships of Mark Prior.