Yankees like what they see from pitchers Ian Hamilton, Nick Ramirez and Jimmy Cordero
TAMPA, Fla. — Each spring training, there seems to be a pitcher who enters Yankees camp without much expected of him who then puts himself on the club’s radar.
That pitcher might leave camp with the team or make enough of an impression to be among the first considered when an injury occurs.
Lucas Luetge and Ron Marinaccio are among the more recent examples.
With regard to this year’s camp, manager Aaron Boone mentioned Ian Hamilton and Nick Ramirez, a pair of nonroster invitees, and Jimmy Cordero, who was added to the 40-man roster during the offseason.
“What Hamilton’s done so far, what Ramirez has done so far . . . Those are two guys very early here, look like they could potentially help us [this season],” Boone said before the Yankees’ 5-3 loss to the Tigers on Friday night.
Hamilton, 27, has 15 appearances in the majors across stints with the White Sox and Twins. The righthander has struck out two batters in two scoreless innings in the exhibition games.
“Hamilton is just unique,” Boone said. “The change that acts like a slider. It’s a good pitch, a weird pitch.”
Ramirez, 33, has struck out five of the six batters he’s faced in two outings. The lefthander struck out the side in the sixth inning in a 12-0 loss to the Rays on Tuesday.
He spent the offseason refining a slider he’s always thrown. It now has more of a sweeping movement to it.
“Really good,” one rival scout said. “Best his slider’s ever looked.”
Cordero, 31, last pitched in the big leagues with the White Sox in 2020. He’s spent the better part of the previous two years recovering from Tommy John surgery.
The righty, whose sinker has caught the eyes of evaluators, had a 6.08 ERA in 30 games in 2020 and a 2.75 ERA in 2019.
“We put him on the [40-man] roster for a reason,” Boone said.
Aaron Judge went 2-for-3 with doubles in his first two at-bats Friday night . . . Righthander Michael King, whose 2022 season ended in late July when he fractured his right elbow, struck out four of six batters in two perfect innings in his first outing Friday.