Yankees have lowkey ‘weapon’ relief pitcher who could make an impact in 2022

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The New York Yankees could use all the pitching support they can get entering the 2022 season, especially with liabilities littered across the starting rotation. Relying on the bullpen to pick up the slack seems likely moving forward, and the Yankees have several lowkey options who could make an impact this season.

One of the lesser-known relief pitchers is Ron Marinaccio, who looked stellar against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. A New Jersey native, Marinaccio was drafted in the 19th round of the 2017 draft out of Delaware. After hovering around 92 mph with his fastball, Marinaccio hit 96 against Toronto, showcasing a massive increase in velocity.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if this guy all of a sudden is throwing 97-98 mph because we turn the lights on in Yankee Stadium and there’s an adrenaline bump,” pitching coach Matt Blake told NJ Advance Media.

Marinaccio spent last season with Scranton and Somerset, climbing the farm system. He is well on his way to making his MLB debut this year after recording a 2.36 ERA over 18 appearances and 26.2 innings of action. In Double-A, Marinaccio also posted a 1.82 ERA with Somerset, giving up 17 hits and eight runs over nearly 40 innings.

“He could be a weapon for us this year,” Blake said, “especially with the expanded roster. He’s done a nice job just going out and attacking and learning from the last outing and hopefully building up as we keep going.”

Ron features a dominant change-up, impressive slider, and increasing fastball with above-average velocity. Marinaccio hit 98 mph with his fastball at one point, showcasing MLB pitch speed but adequate location as well.
With the Yankees expected to be without Zack Britton for the majority of the 2022 campaign, they will need a bit more support in the bullpen. Nestor Cortes could fill that role admirably, but having a minor-league prospect make a positive impact would smooth over any concerns considerably.