The Yankees will promote right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga from Double-A to make a spot start later this week, manager Aaron Boone announced Tuesday (link via ESPN’s Coley Harvey). He’ll get the ball Friday in place of the injured Masahiro Tanaka. Domingo German will start Thursday for the Yankees, with Luis Severino going Saturday, per the report.
It’s not yet clear if the Nicaraguan-born Loaisiga will get anything more than a one-off look in the rotation, but because he’s already on the 40-man roster and has thrown well so far in 2018, he’ll get the call over more name-brand prospects like Justus Sheffield and Chance Adams. In 45 innings between Class-A Advanced and Double-A, Loaisiga boasts a 3.00 ERA with an electric 58-to-4 K/BB ratio and above-average ground-ball tendencies.
This will be the first taste of the big leagues for the 23-year-old Loaisiga, who ranks 12th among Yankee farmhands per Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis of MLB.com and per Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs. The two scouting reports offer a similar take on his three-pitch arsenal: a fastball that sits 94-96 mph, an above-average to plus curveball and the potential for an average changeup.
The 5’11”, 165-pound Loaisiga’s size and injury history — he missed the 2014-15 seasons due to injury and had Tommy John surgery in 2016 — create some concerns that he’ll be forced into a bullpen role over the long haul. However, given that Loaisiga was picked off the scrap heap by the Yankees after being released by the Giants as a 21-year-old following those lost 2014-15 seasons, the very fact that he’s emerged as any type of prospect is already a bonus for the team and a testament to the right-hander’s raw ability and perseverance.
Another Yankees ‘prospect’
Ya, and none of the other “prospects” have panned out.
sounds like another jealous orioles fan lmao
Have you, uhh, checked out the Yankees’ rookies lately?
I’m assuming this guy doesn’t know who Gleyber and Miguel are …..
Give the kid Barron a break. He doesn’t know anything that you are referring to. It’s the same as the other kid Barron who doesn’t know anything as well.
Barron, I smell TJ in the future.
props to the kid for fighting through adversity and earning a shot in the bigs
Huh? Go troll somewhere else Sox ‘fan’. I called this earlier here (3 days ago) for those of you who want to know who this guy is:
I love it when these kids get a chance. Sure, the decision was made out of necessity, but anything’s possible. Will be Rooting for him.
Ya, I hope he does well. It will likely only be a few starts though. No way he sticks with the team considering he has barely pitched in his pro career. But, if he gets in a few starts it will be a good experience that can drive him in the minors over the next year or two.
Yeah for a Yankees fan…no need to call someone a troll for being real. Yankees are trying to figure it out before they trade their goods. Its a no brainer.
This Kid’s been waiting for his whole life for this. Despite all odds, he was promoted from AA.
Can we show a little class? 12th best NYY prospect. MLB.com says best control out of all, w/ 55 grade and that was last Feb, so it’s probably 60, 65 after 54-to-4 K/BB in 2018, 87K, 7BB in 75.2 IP.
No, he’s not a ‘prospect’
Why do people always ask for class here, knowing full well its the anonymous internet?
Best control is fine and all but he’s still over 4 ERA in his 6 double a starts. He’s only thrown 25 innings so you can take that with a grain of salt but expecting anything out of this start tonight is probably setting yourself up for failure.
Why did you attack dude like that? He has gone thru a fair amount of adversity in getting to where he is today.
Was hoping to see Sheffield but im excited to see this kid nonetheless.
Be happy Cashman is giving him a shot instead of Hale.
Surprised Hale hasnt been DFA
Hale hasn’t been DFA because he isn’t on the 40 man…(yet).
I didnt even know that. Hes been DFA’d, signed to a minor league deal, and brought to the majors so much i lost track lol
Sheffield is still a project, despite his incredible potential. He’s striking guys out due to his sheer stuff, but his BB/9 has to improve before he gets the call. Probably will be an August call-up if I had to guess.
I mainly wanted Sheffield to get some experience with MLB level hitting. Thought a spot start would be good for his development, but i get your point too.
Giants sure could use the rotation help right now. Releasing this guy was probably another of Bobby Evans genius moves.
Giants have 7 minor league affiliates, the Yankees have 9 minor league affiliates, I always wonder if that comes in to play more than people think when players are released in the lower minors due to roster crunches and having 50 less spots in the organization.
Yankees can get pitching because so many teams ready to trade this year.
Yankees are getting ready to play 15 games in 16 days, a few to make up for the weather cancellations. The next couple of weeks are gonna be absolutely brutal and with the BP pretty much spent now, it’s gonna be really difficult with these spot starters that can’t get through the fourth inning to come out of this on the plus side. The Yankees need to trade for a starter of some kind now so when Tanaka gets back they can evaluate how much they’ll need that impactful arm, which they will…deGrom perhaps.
deGrom isn’t an option. Mets won’t do business with the Yankees
Only bad thing… looking at his numbers, he isn’t going to make the super 2 cut off. With his talent that could mean millions more in salary.
I’m sure the highest revenue generating team in all of baseball is going to have a difficult time potentially giving a pitcher a couple extra dollars if he surprises everyone and manages to become a long term rotation piece. Worry about him pitching well before you even think about that nonsense.
Seriously, I wish the Mets would trade DeGrom to the Yanks for prospects. The way pitchers injuries are so prevalent, it’s a matter of time before DeGrom goes down. Maybe Mets fans will stop going to games and the Wilpons will finally get out of baseball.
Ok time for coffee. Fire away! But I love my Mutts and something needs to break.
Yanks aren’t the only team with prospects. Let’s assume they aren’t going to part with Torres and Andujar. That leaves some Florial and Frazier and some combo of their other guys back in return. If they’ll give you those 2 + Sheffield that might be something to consider but if that’s not the case I’d probably look elsewhere or hold on awhile longer.
If the Yankees are willing to offer Florial, Frazier & Sheffield in a trade for a starter I guarantee you the Giants and Mets offer Baumgarner or DeGrom in a trade without hesitation. That omg is better than what Whitesox got for Sale!!!
To further top off the discussion Those 3 start the talks along with Drury and another high ceiling arm like Abrue for Mike Trout. Please stop the nonsense
Florial 3+ years away.
Frazier big ?
Sheffield a #3
Drury a utility player at best
So you wouldn’t send deGrom and Thor?
Florial #1, Frazier #2 & Sheffield #3 prospects which would be almost #1 prospects on almost all of mlb teams!!! Giants or Mets would jump in s second but rest assured Cashman is not stupid to do that even for the best pitcher in mlb!
Now you’re just trying to troll harder….
That’s just stupid talk!
Like Cereal said, he’s just trolling big-time.
Good for him. That’s some impressive heat for somebody that’s 5’11 165lbs.
Excited to see this kid, scouting report sounds nice and his control is said to be really good
Not a Yankees fan, hence the name lol, but good for this young man getting to fulfill his dream!!
Right now he’s depth for the Yankees as a starter, but for the future, he’s likely headed to the bullpen. That isn’t anything against his abilities as a starter, as he has a nice 3 pitch mix, with solid control, but his lack of size and frame, coupled with his injury history has me thinking he’s likely to end up in the pen.
Still though, even as a bullpen piece, it’ll be a big gain for the Yankees who basically just took a flyer on him after he was released by the Giants..
With that being said, I think he could ultimately be a great piece for the pen moving forward. He could be a guy that’s either capable of coming in with runners on to induce a groundball..He could be a guy that occasionally provides then with a couple of quality innings, when their starter gets roughed up early, or he could provide them with a spit start here and there while he’s still stretched out.
Like I said, either way, he was a lottery ticket for the Yankees, so props to them for finding him and helping him reach his potential. Although, still, I hope he proves me wrong, and he’s able to stay healthy as a starter..
Also, the Yankees know they are in this season for the long haul; ultimately, what will likely end up being a season culminating in a long playoff run. Now, with that being said, giving some of their younger depth pieces a shot now, it’ll only help them assess their ultimate needs when the deadline comes up.
Giving these younger men a taste at the big leagues can also reinvigorate them, and during a long season that can be a big boost to a players morale and their drive..
Also, if some of these younger, not as highly rated prospects can show they have promise at the big league level, it can only help their stock moving forward, if the Yankees need to trade one of them to better their roster moving forward..
For you all Yankee fans it’s a very exciting time. Good luck to you all, and hopefully you all and Boston continue fighting, keeping this one of the more interesting division battles in recent memory..
Guys probably destined to be looking for a job, Yanks don’t need BP arms they need starters.
How Much Will It Help If Either Now Or Sometime Before His New York Yankees Host The Boston Red Sox On June 29 For A 3 Game Series At Yankee Stadium,Brian Cashman Trades Albert Abreu,Domingo Acevedo,Clint Frazier & Estevan Florial For Either Madison Bumgarner,Cole Hamels,Patrick Corbin,James Paxton,Danny Duffy,Jacob DeGrom,Chris Archer,Felix Hernandez,Tyson Ross Or Michael Fulmer?
If for any reason they could swing that for deGrom, it would be their division.