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165.1 IP, 16-4, 3.70 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 98 K, 57 BB
Ivan Nova was a a huge surprise in 2011 by coming out of nowhere and winning 16 games with a 3.70 ERA. Nobody saw that coming, he was not a highly-touted prospect, and he was not praised as a long term answer by the Yankees' organization.
Nova can hit 97 mph on his fastball, but it normally sits around 93 mph. Nova will only get better with more experience, and he flashed his high potential last season.
Nova went 8-0 and posted a 3.09 ERA after July 1st despite being sent back down to Triple-A to make room for Phil Hughes in the rotation in July. Joe Girardi refused to give him a permanent spot in the five-man rotation, instead he had a six-man tryout rotation at the end of the season. Despite this when it came down to it Ivan Nova was made the Yankees' number two starter in the postseason.
Perhaps the most impressive thing about Nova was his Game 1 (part two) start in the ALDS. Nova went 6.1 innings of shutout ball before Luis Ayala came in and gave up back-to-back hits to let two runs score.
In 2011 Nova showed that he can pitched in high pressure situations in hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium in the AL against great offenses.