The New York Yankees have a very busy week, with three doubleheaders thanks to the Mets’ COVID-19 cases last week and last night’s rainout versus the Atlanta Braves. The weekend will be especially brutal from a physical standpoint, as the Bombers will play five games in three days.
Because of that, the Yankees are going to need many arms to navigate through the tough weekend, and if they are fresh, then even better. That’s why manager Aaron Boone told NJ.com that prized rookies Clarke Schmidt and Deivi Garcia are in play to be called up for the Subway Series.
“They’ll be guys that we’re definitely starting to have conversations that potentially could come into play in some way, shape or form this weekend,” Boone said before Tuesday’s game against the Braves at Truist Park had to be postponed due to rain.
The Yankees’ best pitching prospects
We are talking about the two best pitching prospects in the New York Yankees’ system, with no question. Both MLB Pipeline and Baseball America have Schmidt and Garcia as the second and third best young players in the farm, behind teenage phenom Jasson Dominguez.
Schmidt was the Yankees’ first-round draft pick back in 2017, while he was rehabbing from surgery. He healed, he developed, and he is now ready to take on the big leagues at 24 years old.
Garcia is 21 and had impressive numbers last year at Class-A Advanced and Double-A. He struggled somewhat at the Triple-A level.
Jordan Montgomery will take the ball in one of Friday’s games, while J.A. Happ will do it on Saturday. Sunday’s starter is up in the air, opening up the possibility of Schmidt and Garcia starting that day.
Their callup isn’t a sure thing, though, as neither of them are in the 40-man roster. The Yankees would need to cut someone from the roster to make room.
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