Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees have announced the five man starting rotation
that will begin the season.
opening night April 5 vs. Norfolk will be RHP Tyler Clippard, followed by RHP
Phil Hughes on Friday, RHP Ross Ohlendorf, RHP Matt DeSalvo and RHP Steven Jackson.
2007 season ranked by Baseball America as the seventh-best prospect in the
Yankees' organization...also rated by Baseball America as having the "Best
Changeup" in the Yankees' system...Led all Yankees' minor-leaguers with 175
strikeouts while posting a 12-10 record with a 3.35 ERA in 28 starts with
Double-A Trenton...led the Eastern League in strikeouts and games started (28),
ranked fourth in innings pitched (166.1) and seventh in ERA (3.35)...his 12 wins
were tied for second-most among all Yankees' farmhands...became the first Trenton
pitcher in the 13-year history of the franchise to toss a no-hitter in a 9-0
win vs. Harrisburg on 8/17...won his final nine decisions of the season from
7/4-8/27, surpassing the Trenton-franchise record of eight straight wins held
by Carl Pavano (1996) and Tomo
2007 season ranked by Baseball America as the top right-handed pitching
prospect throughout all of baseball...ranked as the Yankees' number one prospect
for the second straight year and rated as having the "Best Curveball"
and "Best Control" among all Yankees' farmhands...Capped a noteworthy
season with multiple honors and accolades, including the 2006 "Kevin Lawn
Minor League Pitcher of the Year" Award, given annually to the top
pitching prospect in the Yankees' organization...posted a combined record of 12-6
with a 2.16 ERA in 26 starts with Class-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton...led all
Eastern League pitchers with a 2.25 ERA and ranked fourth in the league with
138 strikeouts... was selected to participate in the Eastern League All-Star Game
and was named to the U.S. team for the "Futures" All-Star Game at PNC
Park in Pittsburgh.
of the season with Double-A Tennessee, going 10-8 with a 3.29 ERA in 27 starts
(177.2IP, 180H, 70R, 65ER, 29BB, 125K)...won a season-high seven straight
decisions in a span of 11 starts from 5/11-7/3 and was named the Diamondbacks'
organization "Player of the Month" for June, going 4-0 with a 1.98
ERA...led all Southern League pitchers with four complete games, ranked second in
innings pitched and shutouts (two), ranked fourth in wins and fifth in games
started...following the Smokies' season, was promoted
to Triple-A Tucson for the Pacific Coast League playoffs and made one start,
recording no decision (5.0IP, 1ER).
post a 6-10 record with a 6.40 ERA in 27 games (24 starts) with Double-A
Trenton and Triple-A Columbus...began the season with Columbus and went 1-6 with
a 7.68 ERA in 11 games (eight starts) before being transferred to Trenton on
6/7...earned the win in his first appearance (on 4/9 vs. Scranton-WB) before
losing six straight decisions from 4/14-6/5...tossed a season-high 7.0 innings
and surrendered just one earned run on 4/19 at Scranton-WB, but still suffered
the loss in a 2-1 Red Barons victory...in 16 starts with Double-A Trenton from
6/10-9/3, posted a 5-4 record with a 5.77 ERA...won each of his final two starts
of the season (on 8/29 at Erie and 9/3 vs. Reading), allowing just two earned
runs in 11.1 IP.
8-11 record with a 2.65 ERA in 24 starts with Double-A Tennessee...ranked second
among all Southern League pitchers with his 2.65 ERA and he limited
right-handed batters to a .204 batting average (68-for-333)...in six starts with
Surprise in the Arizona Fall League, posted a 0-2 record with a 7.11 ERA.
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