Phil Hughes vs Michael Pineda
The New York Yankees have a dilemma that any major league team would love to have, and that's who deserves to be in the rotation. For once, the Yankees have a surplus of pitching and are on the verge of forming their rotation.
As of now, only ace CC Sabathia and free agent signing Hiroki Kuroda are definitely in the rotation. Ivan Nova, 2011's rookie sensation, is likely to get a spot in the rotation as well. Then there's season savior Freddy Garcia who's contributions to the team last season helped the Yankees reach the playoffs.
Garcia is in the mix for the last few rotation spots. As are Nova, Hughes, and Pineda as none of them are officially in the roation as of now.
Hughes and Pineda are similar in terms of pitching style, age, and potential. Hughes was once thought to be the Yankees' future ace. Pineda has the makings of a top of the starter.
Both have had setbacks however but the Yankees have a decision to make. Hughes has pitched well in Spring Training, but Pineda was the guy they traded prized prospect Jesus Montero for. Despite that however, the Phil Hughes deserves to be in the rotation over Michael Pineda.