Phil Hughes, the future, retired all six batters he faced in two innings and had Jorge Posada predicting the 19-year-old right-hander could play at Yankee Stadium this season.
"This is great," Hughes said of his first big-league camp. "It won't be a shock when I get [to the big leagues]."
Considering he hasn't pitched above Class A, the Yankees' No. 1 pick in 2004 could need extended seasoning. However, Posada predicted Hughes' arrival in Yankee Stadium could be swift.
"Everything is there," said Posada, who caught Hughes' two innings. "He is a no-miss. He will be in the big leagues soon."
Asked if he ever felt that way about another young Yankees pitcher, Posada didn't hesitate.
"Andy Pettitte," Posada said. "Just the way [Hughes] carries himself and goes about his business. You see the arm and the tools, but [it's in his head, too]. He listens. It wouldn't surprise me if I see him before the season is over."
Joe Torre took some of the air out of Posada's words but was impressed with the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder whose delivery mirrors Roger Clemens', even though Hughes said he didn't pattern it after the Rocket.
"He is a young kid; he is pretty impressive, but a lot of things can happen on the way," Torre said of Hughes. "He seems pretty grounded for a kid his age. He located pretty well today in his first opportunity on this field. We will see him, he will be around for a little bit."