The New York Yankees announced today that Phil Hughes will be the 5th starter to begin the 2010 season. He beat out Alfredo Aceves, Sergio Mire, Chad Gaudin, and other main candidate Joba Chamberlin.
Joe Girardi says that Hughes' change up was a big part of Hughes winning the role. Looking over the entire spring, Girardi was impressed with the progress his change up made.
Joba's next big challenge is winning the set up role for Mariano Rivera, which Girardi says he will have to earn.
Much like Brett Gardner winning the starting center field job over Melky Cabrera last season, if Hughes falls, look for someone else to take that starting spot.