Prospect Profile: Jonathan Loaisiga

The Nicaraguan native had, by far, his best season of his injury-riddled career in 2018. Drafted by the Giants in 2012, he missed a lot of time with injuries, leading to his release in May 2015. After seeing Loaisiga throw 94-95 mph, the Yankees decided to take a chance on him, signing the pitcher in February 2016. Unfortunately, after just one start Loaisiga injured his elbow and underwent Tommy John surgery.

Name: Jonathan Loaisiga
Birthdate: November 2, 1994
Position: Pitcher
Bat/Throw: R/R
Height: 5’11
Weight: 165

Loaisiga started his latest comeback on June 21, 2017 in the Gulf Coast League. He made appearances for both the East and West Yankees teams before eventually been promoted to Staten Island. He went 1-0 with a 0.53 ERA in four starts (a total of seventeen innings). He struck out eighteen and walked only one.

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The Sunday Night Special - Episode 2: "Why Baseball Isn't Fair"

The Sunday Night Special - Episode 2:  "Why Baseball Isn't Fair"

The Sunday Night Special will dive into the trivial, memorable, or bizarre. Many of these videos will show interesting analysis into baseball statistics. Others, though, might just feature a scene from a movie, or serve as a highlight film of a player, the team, or…well, you’ll have to stop by each week to see!

You will never quite know what will turn up on the Sunday Night Special, but we can promise it’ll be worth your time to watch.


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Now is the Time for Tandem Starters

The practice of utilizing an “opener” has become popular throughout baseball as teams search for ways to cover for their lack of starting pitching depth. Prior to Severino’s shoulder injury this past week, the Yankees were not one of the teams that planned to use an opener regularly. However, the Yankees are now faced with opening the season without 2/5 of their starting rotation. While much of the mainstream media has focused on the idea of an opener, I think there is a better path forward. I have long been intrigued by the idea of using the Yankees’ plethora of young arms as tandem starters. To summarize, I think there are multiple pitchers on the Yankees’ 40-man roster that would thrive in 2-4 inning stints due to some combination of inexperience, durability concerns, high-octane stuff, developing command, or the lack of a dependable third pitch. The Yankees could use this strategy to their benefit early in the season.

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