His first 3 1/2 months in a Yankees uniform included some highlights, but his good power numbers have dwarfed the ones that he put up last season when hitting 59 homers and winning the NL MVP playing for the Miami Marlins.
I was trying to decide whether I bowl it or throw it at ’em or throw it up, Stanton said.
He’s kind of switched from more of a curveball to a slider and we’ve seen a little bit of a bump in the velocity since spring training, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. I know a year or two ago he was throwing harder, and he had lost some of the velocity. We’re routinely now seeing 92, 93, 94 mph, and the one thing he does great is pound the strike zone.
But he’s relied more on the slider as opposed to the curveball early in the year, and that’s become a real weapon for him.
Holder began the year with the big club, but was optioned to Triple-A after allowing seven runs, six earned, over his first three outings.
Being sent down motivated Holder, a 25-year-old from Mississippi who as a rookie in 2017 was 1-1 with a 3.89 ERA over 37 appearances.
Looking at primary skill-position players only—running backs, wide receivers and tight ends—and taking past accomplishments, accolades and to a lesser degree upside into account, here’s how we rank every NFL quarterback’s supporting cast ahead of the 2018 season.
Rookie No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold will eventually take over for veteran Josh McCown as the quarterback of the New York Jets, and when that happens, Darnold’s supporting cast might face a quantity-over-quality dilemma.
You’d think somebody would be bound to emerge among a receiving corps that includes 2017 breakout player Robby Anderson, 2016 breakout player Quincy Enunwa, second-year third-round pick ArDarius Stewart as well as the more established Jermaine Kearse and Terrelle Pryor.
The problem there is Anderson has had a string of arrests, Enunwa is working to get back from a lost season due to a neck injury, Stewart has proved nothing after catching just six passes as a rookie last season, Kearse hasn’t come close to the 1,000-yard mark in six NFL seasons, and Pryor has a lot to prove as a converted quarterback after a disappointing 2017 season in Washington.