It is no secret that the New York Yankees need an influx of starting talent in the pitching rotation, and former Texas Rangers’ arm Corey Kluber could fit the bill. While pitching for the Cleveland Indians in 2018, Kluber earned a 2.89 ERA with a 44.4% ground-ball rate. Having an elevated ground-ball percentage is perfect for Yankee Stadium, with short porches that oftentimes result in home runs. However, Kluber has only pitched in 36.2 innings over the past two years, as injuries have taken their toll.
Kluber pitched in front of 25 teams on Wednesday morning, showcasing his abilities following injuries the previous two years. He’s a former Cy Young-winning pitcher, earning two trophies in the category since 2014. He is also earned All-Star appearances in three seasons, and if he can return to form, the Yankees could easily benefit from his comeback.
MLB Insider for ESPN, Jeff Passan, stated that Kluber looked sharp in his pitching simulation:
Nearly 25 teams showed up at Corey Kluber’s showcase today, and scouts came away impressed. His fastball sat 88-90 — and he’s got more velocity in the tank as he builds toward spring training. Kluber threw 30 pitches, including all of his off-speed stuff. Strong market expected.