Sunday, February 1, 2009

Brian Bruney 2009

The Yankees signed Brian Bruney to a one year contract several days ago. This seems like a prudent move, especially given the recent news that Mariano Rivera hasn't started throwing yet after October surgery. Bruney actually had his best season last year, albeit in an injury shortened season. Previously an extreme flyball pitcher with major control issues, Bruney struck out 9.3 batters per game and walked "only" 4.5 along with a 42.5% groundball rate in his 34.3 innings of work. If he can keep up those ratios in 2009, he'll be an asset to the Yankees, and if Rivera isn't ready for opening day, Bruney is one of the pitchers who could pick up a few saves as a bonus.

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