Jonathan Albaladejo came to the Yankees from the Nationals for starting pitcher Tyler Clippard. I had to do some research on this guy because I had never seen him pitch. Chad Jennings who runs a blog on Scranton had some helpful info about Albaladejo. It looks like he's mainly a fastball/slider kind of pitcher who can mix in a change up and curveball as well. His fastball is clocked in the low 90's, and it is said that his slider is his out pitch. Last season he had a 1-1 record with a 1.88 ERA, and 12 strikeouts in 14.1 innings. He only allowed two walks, and 7 hits in that time for a WHIP of 0.63. Of course, that's a very small sample size so its hard to draw much of a conclusion from his numbers alone.
My Fearless Prediction:
I think Albaladejo will end up in the bullpen for opening day but go to the minors later in the season. Like Britton, I think the Yankees will want Albaladejo to pick up a splitter to help him be more effective. Right now, another fastball/slider guy who doesn't have a good fastball does not sound very appealing. He has good control, and will throw strikes, but that may get him hurt. Nonetheless, I think Albaladejo will get some outs, though I do not expect him to pitch more than 40 innings for the Yankees next season.
Little Known Albaladejo Fact:
Albaladejo suffers from a recurring nightmare in which Shelley Duncan is trying to eat him!