Ron Marinaccio’s Yankees career seems to be in jeopardy

Ron Marinaccio is on the mound on March 30, 2023, pitching for the Yankees against the Giants.

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Despite Ron Marinaccio making a strong impression in Triple-A, the Yankees are dithering to recall the reliever to their MLB roster. This has led to uncertainty over the fate of his career in pinstripes.

In Saturday night’s game for the RailRiders, Ron Marinaccio, who was sent down to the minors, had an outstanding performance. He retired six batters in a row to secure a 7-2 victory for the International League in Rochester.

Yankees ignoring Ron Marinaccio

Even though Ron Marinaccio, who hails from Toms River, New Jersey, had a strong performance in Triple-A, it wasn’t sufficient to earn him a return to the Major Leagues after spending over a month in the minor leagues.

On Sunday, there was a vacant bullpen position due to Ian Hamilton’s placement on the 15-day injured list since he got a strained groin. However, the available roster spot was filled by another rookie right-handed pitcher, Greg Weissert, instead of Ron Marinaccio.

The same situation occurred on Friday. When the team expanded its roster from 26 to 28 players and the Yankees decided to add a 14th pitcher, they chose rookie starter Randy Vasquez for the call-up. Randy Vasquez will be pitching in a relief role during September.

Ron Marinaccio is on the mound on March 30, 2023, pitching for the Yankees against the Giants.

Ron Marinaccio’s Yankees future at stake

The Yankees reliever, who is 28 years old, is undoubtedly feeling disappointed. His ongoing uncontrollable problems played a significant role in his demotion to the minors on July 31, and unfortunately, those problems persisted during his time with the Scranton team. In the 10 games Ron Marinaccio has played so far in Triple-A, his earned run average (ERA) stands at 6.17. Additionally, he has recorded nine strikeouts but also issued 13 walks in just 11 and 2/3 innings pitched.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone mentioned on Sunday that there had been some struggles for Ron Marinaccio down there before the Saturday outing. He also noted that there was no doubt about his ability, talent, or the significance of his contributions to the team in the previous year. Furthermore, he commented that during the early part of this year, Ron Marinaccio had been throwing the ball pretty well.

Ron Marinaccio’s 2023 performance


At the beginning of last season, Ron Marinaccio began playing in Triple-A. Although he received his first opportunity to join the major league team in early May. During his rookie season, he did really well and accumulated a 1-0 record with a 2.05 ERA. In total, he got 56 strikeouts and issued 24 walks in 44 innings of play.

This year, Ron Marinaccio started the season as a part of the Yankees‘ team from the beginning. In his first 14 games, he had a very low 1.65 ERA as a pitcher.

Ron Marinaccio’s problems started on May 11th, when he gave up two runs in just one-third of an inning while playing against Tampa Bay. Two days later, he faced the Rays again and had a similar performance. In his following game, he managed to pitch a scoreless inning without giving up any runs. Then, in the game after that, he struggled again, allowing three runs in just one inning.

In July, Ron Marinaccio began to accumulate more walks, and when he was eventually sent to the minors, his ERA had risen to 4.08. He had issued a total of 25 walks in 46 1/3 innings, with nine of them occurring during the 11 innings he pitched in July.

But the Yankees’ deliberate dithering approach puts a bigger question mark on his return.

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