Yankees’ rising star Luis Gil earns unlikely admiration from former rival Martinez

Yankees' Luis Gil reacts during his pitching against the Astros at Yankee Stadium on May 8, 2024.
Sara Molnick
Sunday May 12, 2024

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The rise of Luis Gil as a potent pitching force for the New York Yankees has almost filled the rotation gap caused by Gerrit Cole’s injury. His impressive showing has even earned him high praise from Boston Red Sox legend and Hall of Famer Pedro Martínez.

Martínez expressed great admiration for Luis Gil’s potential, emphasizing that if given the opportunity to mature and adapt to the challenges of the major leagues, he could develop into an exceptional player. While acknowledging that the pitcher is still refining his skills and growing as a pitcher, the Boston legend highlighted the young hurler’s promising performances in his limited time at the highest level.

“I love what I’m seeing from this kid,” Martinez said. “He has the opportunity to become really special. If they let him mature and get accustomed to doing what he needs to do. He’s still raw, make no mistake about it, he’s still raw. But as you can see in an abbreviated time in the big leagues, he’s shown that he can be special and I hope they continue to let him pitch in the starting rotation and not have him wander around.”

Luis Gil of the Yankees returns to dugout after pitching against the Diamondbacks in Arizona on April 01, 2024.

Luis Gil a revelation for the 2024 Yankees

Currently, the Yankees are off to their best start in years, boasting an impressive 25-15 record. Despite facing numerous injuries, the team has managed to excel in nearly every aspect of the game largely because of its pitching performance.

As key players begin to return to the lineup, the Yankees are poised to become even more formidable. Additionally, the team has benefited from the unexpected standout performances of several young players. One such player who has exceeded expectations is the young starting pitcher Luis Gil.

Yankees' Luis Gil shouts during his pitching against the Astros at Yankee Stadium on May 8, 2024.

At just 25 years old, Luis Gil has made seven starts this season, posting a remarkable 2.92 ERA and a 45-to-24 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 37 innings pitched.

Martinez expressed hope that the Yankees would continue to utilize Luis Gil as a starting pitcher, providing him with consistent opportunities to flourish in that role.

Luis Gil’s emergence has been a revelation for the Yankees, and fans of the team have every reason to be excited about his future prospects.

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  1. This scares me. Pedro loved Deivi Garcia too, then the Yankees then-new Pitching gurus/brain trust messed him up.

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