The next time left-handed reliever Stephen Tarpley takes the mound, it will be in pinstripes in his big-league debut for the New York Yankees.
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders reliever is being called up with the major league rosters expanding, a source told the Times Leader late Friday night.
YES Network’s Jack Curry is reporting that right-handed pitcher Luis Cessa and utility man Tyler Wade will also be recalled.
The 25-year-old hard-throwing reliever has appeared in 17 games for the RailRiders this season, registering a 2-2 record and 2.65 ERA.
Tarpley also brings an impressive strikeout rate to the bigs. He’s struck out 38 batters in 34 Triple-A innings this season.
“He’s got a really good sink, left side. I think he has a really good slider,” RailRiders manager Bobby Mitchell said of Tarpley when the reliever was called up. “Last year he was working on that kind of stuff and working on his command.”
The reliever was recently mentioned as a possible call-up by Yankees general manager Brian Cashman on Aug. 15, when he joined Mike Francesa on WFAN.
“Whether it’s (Chance) Adams, whether it’s (Justus) Sheffield, whether it’s Cessa, starting today, those are going to be your biggest starting contributions,” Cashman said. “We have some other guys that will be — whether it’s Thomas Kahnle — there’s a number of different guys pitching down there extremely well that are catching our eye, whether it’s Stephen Tarpley, who we got in the (Ivan) Nova deal, or Erik Swanson. Just a lot of it is going to come down to roster moves, in terms of being able to slide somebody else on the roster. Sheff’s not on it currently and Tarpley’s not on it currently, but these are guys that we’re taking notice of.”
Since coming over to the Yankees organization in August 2016, Tarpley has registered a 1.88 ERA in 115.2 innings.
Both Cessa and Wade return to the Yankees after multiple stints with the big-league club earlier in the season.
Cessa last pitched for the RailRiders out of the bullpen on Wednesday, giving up a run on two hits in 1.2 innings to earn a blown save. He has been effiecent as a whole for the RailRiders, however, securing a 3-0 record and 2.73 ERA in six appearances.
Wade has struggled for much of his time with the RailRiders in 2018, after dominating the International League a season ago. He was batting just .255 with 18 doubles, four triples, four home runs and 27 RBI in 91 games after hitting .310 in 85 Triple-A games a season ago.
The 23-year-old was out of the RailRiders starting lineup on Friday for what Mitchell described as a mental day.
“Just a little bit of a mind rest because he wants to do so well so badly and sometimes the stress just gets to you,” Mitchell said after the 3-1 win over Pawtucket. “This was just a thing where he can take a break and get back after it tomorrow.”
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