New York Yankees pitcher Hayden Wesneski records a second strikeout with a Matrix-style flamethrower

New York Yankees pitching prospect Hayden Wesneski made a solid appearance in spring training today, which included three shutout innings. Wesneski spent most of last season with the New York Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate in Scranton.

Hayden Wesneski is one of the New York Yankees’ top pitching prospects and is on the verge of becoming a potential member of the Yankees’ pitching team. Here’s a look at what Wesneski brings to the Yankees’ future.

Yankees No. 15 overall prospect Hayden Wesneski has a ridiculous slider

“No. 15 Yankees overall prospect Hayden Wesneski has a ridiculous slider” – @Talkin’ Yanks

New York Yankees prospect information

Hayden Wesneski was drafted by the New York Yankees in the sixth round of the June 2019 MLB Entry Draft at Sam Houston State University. Wesneski began his Minor League career in 2021 in three different leagues.

Wesneski started in 24 of his 25 games while going 11-6 with a 3.25 ERA. Wesneski pitched 130-1/3 innings for an average of 5.2 innings per start. Look for Wesneski to start the year in Triple-A given the Yankees’ current depth roster.

The Yankees badly need a pitcher of Wesneski’s skill set to help bolster the back of a rotation that has struggled with health issues in recent years.

Gerrit Cole throws during the Wild Card Round - Yankees v Boston Red Sox
Gerrit Cole throws during the Wild Card Round – Yankees v Boston Red Sox

Current Yankees rotation options

The Yankees’ current pitching rotation is led by ace Gerrit Cole and also includes star Luis Severino. Beyond them, the Yankees struggled with the health of players in the rotation. The Yankees need to find more depth after these two starters. The Yankees are hoping Jordan Montgomery can give them reliable innings alongside Domingo German. It will be interesting to see how their rotation holds up over a 162-game season.

Gerrit Cole throws to Giancarlo Stanton today in Tampa:

Domingo German during a Tampa Bay Rays game against the Yankees
Domingo German during a Tampa Bay Rays game against the Yankees

Jordan Montgomery has been one of the Yankees’ most consistent starters, but outside of the mentioned pitchers, the Yankees urgently need depth and durable throwing. Hayden Wesneski could be the starter the team needs.

Expect Wesneski to start in the minors. If the Yankees continue to have health and performance issues from the rotation, then Wesneski will likely make his Major League debut. Watch for the Wesneski breakup in 2022.

Edited by Jodi Whisenhunt

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