The graduation of Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy put a dent in the farm system's depth of sliders but the Yankees still have quite a few special ones to watch closely. Here are the top ten sliders among pitching prospects in the Yankees' farm system.
February 23, 2008
Josh Schmidt had one of the more legendary seasons with the Staten Island Yankees back in 2005 - posting a ridiculous 0.27 ERA - before mildly struggling in Tampa the following season. With talk of possibly lowering his arm slot heading into last season, he decided that the first step towards re-establishing his dominance was cleaning up his mechanics and that allowed him to bounce-back in 2007.
February 15, 2008
We sat down with Tampa Yankees Manager Luis Sojo for a Q&A session to get his thoughts on what has been the biggest difference in Marcos Vechionacci from earlier in the season until now, if he thinks Austin Jackson is as good as his hot start was, what he has seen from Francisco Cervelli, if he's worried about Jose Tabata's lack of home run power right now, and much, much more.
August 28, 2007
After having one of the more historic seasons in NY-Penn League history in 2005, Josh Schmidt had a down year last season after skipping the low-A level entirely. Now in his second tour of duty in the Florida State League, he looks to be back to his old form. He seems to have gained better control of his pitches than in 2006 and he credits his success to his improved mechanics.
July 23, 2007
The Tampa Yankees shutout the Jupiter Hammerheads by a score of 3-0 on Wednesday, and in doing so, pitchers Kevin Whelan, David Robertson, and Joshua Schmidt accomplished the exciting no-hitter feat. It was Tampa's sixth win in its last eight games and maintained their tight lead in the West Division of the Florida State League.
July 19, 2007
Nardi Contreras, the Yankees Minor League Pitching Coordinator, sits down with PinstripesPlus.com for a Q&A session. In Part Five of our six-part series, Nardi explains why Josh Schmidt had an up and down year, what changes he has in mind for Cory Stuart, if Zach Kroenke is progressing like he would like, what happened to Rolando Japa this past season, and more.
October 29, 2006
Not many pitchers dominate a league quite like Josh Schmidt handcuffed the NY-Penn League in 2005 while closing for the Staten Island Yankees. In 2006 however, after skipping one level of minor league baseball, Schmidt hasn't had the same degree of success in Tampa. Consistency of his control, and a mere three or four inches at times, has been the biggest difference in the results.
August 3, 2006