General manager Brian Cashman doesn't want to start that trend now with their two top pitching prospects, lefty Manny Banuelos (pictured) and right-hander Dellin Betances.
"They shouldn't be caught up in our major-league problems," Cashman told the New York Post 's Joel Sherman .
So, no matter what happens with Andy Pettitte, the Yankees are hoping to start both in the minor leagues, likely Double-A, where both have made just three starts.
Banuelos won't turn 20 until March 13, but is one of the team's most valued prospects. The left-hander pitches in the 90s and can hit 95, despite standing just 5-foot-10.
Betances is older (he will be 23 in March) and taller (by nearly a foot, standing 6-8), but had surgery to reinforce an elbow ligament in 2009. Still, he came back throwing in the high-90s and has a plus-plus curveball.
Sherman notes the two could get some time in the bullpen in 2011, but it still seems a bit premature to fit either for pinstripes just yet.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans