CC Sabathia (SP)
Yankees left-hander, CC Sabathia, threw two innings on Tuesday night allowing two runs on four hits and added two strikeouts in his first appearance of the spring.
Fantasy Impact: CC Sabathia was happy to make it through the outing without any pain and said he felt great afterward. He had a sharp 1-2-3 first inning before allowing two runs in his final frame. According to the radar gun on the YES Network, Sabathia unofficially topped out at 96 MPH, typically throwing his fastball in the low 90's, which was encouraging. He will have several more spring starts prior to Opening Day so prospective fantasy owners should monitor his progress over the next couple of weeks.
Category: Game Recaps
The much anticipated spring debut of CC Sabathia will finally happen Tuesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays. This will be Sabathia's first appearance in a game since undergoing knee surgery last season. (Source: ESPN New York)
Fantasy Impact: All the Yankees are hoping for in this outing is for CC Sabathia to make it through his outing unscathed. This will be the first step in his return to the Yankees rotation. His success or failure, statistically speaking, in his first outing really won't give us fantasy owners too much info on how he will be able to handle the long summer. CC Sabathia, when healthy, is great at eating innings and can be a solid fantasy pitcher. But with the uncertainty in his knee, drafting him will be a risk, hopefully one that pays off.
CC Sabathia will pitch a simulated game on Thursday in hopes of following it up with his spring debut soon after. (Source: USA Today)
Fantasy Impact: CC Sabathia has taken things slowly so far this spring after undergoing knee surgery in 2014. He stated everything is going as planned and he feels good, so assuming the simulated game goes well, he should pitch in a game soon afterward. Sabathia has been a workhorse and always has been able to eat up innings and rack up strikeouts. Fantasy owners should monitor him throughout the rest of the spring. He could be a high risk, high reward pick in this year's fantasy drafts.
CC Sabathia threw 29 pitches on Sunday to Greg Bird and Rob Refsnyder, utilizing all his pitches. He will likely pitch a simulated game next, followed by his first Grapefruit League action. (Source: MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: CC Sabathia says he is on schedule with what he and Yankees decided heading into the spring following his rough 2014 where he made only eight starts and ended up having knee surgery. The biggest question is whether Sabathia can retain his old form and be a top of the rotation pitcher. That is still yet to be known but he was, until last year, a perennial 200 inning pitcher. He could be a high risk, high reward pick in your upcoming draft.
CC Sabathia threw 20 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday and said he is ready to pitch an exhibition game if asked. Sabathia was quoted as saying he, "Felt good. No problems." (Source: Newsday)
Fantasy Impact: Coming of a 2014 season in which he was only able to make eight starts and had knee surgery, the news is encouraging. CC Sabathia put on weight in the offseason and reported to camp at 305 pounds and stronger. That's the weight he feels he needs to be at in order to, as he put it, 'have his legs under him'. The Yankees and fantasy owners are looking for Sabathia to return to his usual form of 200+ innings and a dependable starter every five days.
CC Sabathia threw 41 pitches after an offseason where he had his knee arthroscopically cleaned and needs a knee brace. Sabathia also arrived at camp over 300 pounds, so knee issues would be a logical problem. Sabathia says that he is fine and that he feels even better now that the knee is cleaned out. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Sabathia had his worse MLB season in 2013 and was both injured and ineffective in 2014, so he is coming off of two lost seasons and a long stretch of a lot of innings pitched. He averaged 213 IP per season from 2001-2013 and 223 IP per season since coming to the Yankees in 2009. He may not be the Cy Young candidate as he was in the past, but a healthy Sabathia should be able to pitch 200-215 innings this season. Mind this though: other than a poor 2013 season, Sabathia has averaged an 18-7 record with a 3.22 ERA and 205 strikeouts in four Yankee seasons. There is upside as an SP3 or SP2 in AL-only leagues for Sabathia if he is healthy; sadly this is the story for almost of the pitchers in the Yankees rotation so buyer beware for any Yankee SP.
Category: , Injury Updates
Sat, Feb 21st 9:05pm EST
By Christopher Carelli
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia came into camp topping 300 pounds and feels stronger than he did last season when he arrived 30 pounds lighter than previous years. The 34-year-old southpaw threw his first bullpen Saturday, tossing fastballs and changeups in a 25-pitch session. (Source: ESPN New York)
Fantasy Impact: Sabathia is coming off arthroscopic right knee surgery which cut his 2014 season short. Sabathia made just eight starts in 2014, going 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA (4.78 FIP), 1.48 WHIP and 48 K in 46 innings. After also turning in a dismal 2013 season (14 W, 4.78 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 175 K in 211 IP), Sabathia’s road to a turnaround begins with his health and ends with his ability to get batters out without a high velocity fastball. Sabathia must resort to off-speed pitches to keep batters off balance in order to rein his rate stats. Sabathia currently holds an ECR of 355 and because of two big question marks – his health and his repertoire – selecting him much earlier than that might be begging for fantasy trouble down the road.
Sat, Feb 7th 9:52am EST
By Chris Zolli
CC Sabathia was the definition of a workhorse over the first 13 years of his career, averaging 213 innings pitched per season, but had arm and knee issues that have ruined the past two seasons. Yankees' GM Brian Cashman thinks that those injuries are in the past and the 34 year old can be successful. (Source: New York Post)
Fantasy Impact: If Cashman's assertion is correct, that would be massive for fantasy purposes, as he had a 3.22 ERA, 226 innings pitched per season, and a 1.18 WHIP over the first three seasons of his Yankees career. This may not be feasible, but Sabathia, if healthy, should be able to log 200 or more innings and provide stability to the middle of the Yankees rotation and a fantasy rotation as well. A huge positive for those considering Sabathia's merits: even though his velocity is down over the past four seasons, he had his highest K/9 of his career in 2014 and second best K:BB as well. Sabathia may not be a power pitcher anymore, but may be reliable as a crafty veteran. If his knee and arm are healthy, huge question marks at this point, he should be relied upon for fantasy purposes.
Sun, Jan 11th 7:41pm EST
By Chris Zolli
CC Sabathia says he has no pain after right knee surgery and should be ready to report with pitchers and catchers on February 20th. (Source: MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: Sabathia was 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA last year in eight starts, but did have his first season with a K/9 better than 9 and his best K:BB with 4.8. Sabathia has seen his velocity drop, but has also refined his control and worked on his pitching repertoire. Sabathia's issue over the past two seasons has been a sharp increase in hits and home runs allowed and his rehabilitation from injury could show if these issues were physical or from his talents diminishing. He may not be worthy of drafting until later in the draft, but could have some value if his rehabilition leads to better pitching habits.
Scouts believe that Sabathia is a smart pitcher that learns from scouting batters and has aggressively sought new ways to pitch. These traits will be useful for the 35 year old that has been on and off the DL for the past two years. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Over the 12 years of his career, Sabathia was the model of a workhorse, posting eight seasons with 15 or more wins and seven seasons with 200 or more innings. The past two seasons have been rough, though, as he has had a 17-17 record and a 4.87 ERA, missing much of the 2014 season with a knee injury that limited him to only eight starts. Although his velocity on his fastball has declined, dropping from 94 mph in 2009 to 88 mph in 2014, Sabathia has maintained an 8.2 K/9 ratio in that five year period, mixing in a cutter in the past two seasons. If Sabathia is able to keep developing as a crafty veteran and if his knee problems do not flare up again, both huge question marks, there is potential for him to be a good rebound pick in the 16-19th round of the draft.