Danny Farquhar is one of the best stories of the spring for the New York Yankees and Aaron Boone has high hopes for the reliever.
Danny Farquhar, 32, is a reliever that the team has high hopes for, despite the fact that he was recently reassigned to minor league camp.
“I think he just needs to pitch,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone told the Associated Press. “We saw enough that suggest he can get back to where he was. He just needs to go out and not be in a hurry to do it, because he’s a lot closer than it may appear.”
It may seem strange that the Yankees are putting so much faith in a 32-year-old, but Farquhar is far from your average journeyman reliever.
In April of 2018, as a member of the Chicago White Sox, Farquhar collapsed in the dugout and suffered from brain hemorrhaging due to a brain aneurysm.
But now Farquhar is looking to make the inspirational return to the major leagues and the Yankees seem to believe that he can regain his previous form.
In 253 career appearances (all in relief), the right-hander has a 3.93 ERA and 309 strikeouts against just 106 walks. As recently as 2016, Farquhar pitched to a 3.09 ERA and in 2014, he posted a 2.66 ERA in 71.0 innings.
The good news for Farquhar and the Yankees is that he looks healthy and there is no need to rush him back. If he can pitch like he did in 2016, or better yet 2014, the Yanks will add another solid arm to a dangerous bullpen.