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House of Shlain: Baby Bombers

Nick Shlain

Nick Shlain

Nick analyzes prospects for RotoWire and focuses on the Midwest League during the season.

In 2009, the Yankees won the World Series with three regular everyday players 28 years old or younger. Aside from the regulars, the club also received positive contributions from pitchers Joba Chamberlain (31 starts of 97 ERA+), Phil Hughes (1.40 ERA in 51.1 IP as a setup man), and David Robertson (3.30 ERA and 63 SO in 43.2 IP). Throw in Alfredo Aceves' best year and the Yankees found positive contributions from eight players 28 or under acquired through the draft, international signings or trade (Nick Swisher, and all he cost the Yankees was Wilson Betemit and Jeffrey Marquez).

In 2010, the Yankees had just five of these players on the roster and again two were relievers. This time it was Chamberlain and Robertson in the bullpen as Hughes went back to the rotation where he won 18 games, made the All-Star team with a hot first half, and ended the season with a 103 Adjusted ERA. Robinson Cano led the team with a .319/.381/.534 slash line and Gardner led the team with a .383

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