Great for Melancon and Wright…best of luck to them. But Wordekemper to Tampa? He’s been lights out since the beginning of June. 1.37 in his last ten outings. He had an ERA under 0.75 in Tampa last year. What will he get out of Tampa? If he doesn’t have a big enough arm for the Yankees, let him go someplace where he’s wanted.
I didn’t stay in Tony Franklin’s office for the entire session, but I think they may send Wordy there to convert him to a starter…no idea yet, but he certainly didn’t do anything that would warrant getting sent down. Neither did Josh Schmidt, and he hasn’t been heard from in a long time…so who knows, really.
why not let wordy be a starter at double A if that is the supposed reason he is going to tampa?? I think he only gave up 3 earned runs in tampa last year and none after the month of May. its hard to improve when you don’t get challenged. I agree with the earlier comment, just let him go somewhere else then. A ball is no place for him. You’re messing with guys mentally when you make moves like this.
I don’t agree with sending him down but this team and farm system usually move someone down when converting them to a starter (besides Joba) so if that is the case it makes sense to let him face lesser competition and get his arm built up to handle the innings load. Facing equal competition and trying to build your arm up is a dangerous game because he will often be fatigued at the end of appearances
Melancon started in Tampa and there’s legit talk that he could be with the Yankees in September…there’s no doubting that it would be a big jump for McAllister, but if they’re not going to shut him down, the Thunder are going to need a starter…