Game three of the Yankees 2019 Grapefruit League season happens today and features James Paxton on the mound – Yankees fans first look at the Big Maple in pinstripes. Â The game will start at 1:05 on YES from George M. Steinbrenner field.
The Yankees throw out this lineup against the Blue Jays and RHP Marcus Stroman:
- Troy Tulowitzki – 1B
- Aaron Judge – RF
- Giancarlo Stanton – DH
- Aaron Hicks – CF
- Gleyber Torres – 2B
- Greg Bird – 1B
- Kyle Higashioka – C
- Trey Amburgey – LF
- Angel Aguilar – 3B
The 30 year old left-hander went 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA for the Mariners last season, striking out 208 in only 160.1 innings.Â While he had some injury issues in ’18:
“Mel Stottlemyre Jr., Paxtonâ€™s pitching coach for the past three seasons, notes that some of the injuries â€” a bruised left forearm thanks to a comebacker last August, for example â€” were simply out of the pitcherâ€™s control. Others were the result of Paxton pushing too hard. â€œHeâ€™s a tireless, relentless worker,â€ says Stottlemyre. â€œWe had to tame it. If he didnâ€™t throw 45 to 50 pitches on the side at 90- to 100-per cent effort level, in his mind, he didnâ€™t feel like he prepared himself.â€
Paxton is healthy this spring and fans are eager to see the results of his relentless preparation.
What to expect?Â The 6’4, 235 pound southpawÂ throws his mid-90s four-seamer roughly 60% of the time and his 88-90 mph cutter around 20% of the time, along with a long 80s curveball.Â He throws fastballs 80% of the time, which BrooksBaseball.com describes as â€œblazing fast.â€ Â
Mike Axisa of riveraveblues.com writes that Paxton is second only to Lance Lynn in fastball usage in the league and he generates a high number of swings and misses in the zone.Â Unfortunately, his home run totals are high as he generates a high number of fly balls as well. Â Fans will be eager to see how this plays out in Yankee Stadium.
I love this rotation with it’s mix of styles and talents, it’s going to be exciting to see their success as a unit and to see how Paxton fares in the midst of it.
Paxton will share his debut with Tulowitzki, who missed the entire 2018 season for the Blue Jays. Â Paxton and Tulowitzki are two important players in the Yankees plans this season for attaining #28.