Saturday, June 11, 2011

Welcome to Yankee Stadium: Kevin Whalen

In this segment I will give a background on any top prospect that is called up to the MLB squad.  The first this season is Kevin Whalen who is a relief pitcher.

Whalen made his major league debut last night against the Indians.  He arrived on the Yankees in November of 2006 in the trade that sent Gary Sheffield to Detroit.

His 2007 minor league stats were a 6-2 record in 2 levels (A and AA) with a 2.62 ERA in 38 appearances and 8 starts.  He struck out 96 in 82.1 innings.  This was the last year he made any starts.  He won pitcher of the week while a A and was named and AFL rising star.

In 2008, he went 3-0 with a 4.50 ERA.  Again between the 2 same levels.  He struck out 48 in 36 innings.

In 2009 he again played at 2 levels but this time it was AA and AAA.  That season he went 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA.  He struck out 85 in 67.1 innings.

In 2010 he again went between AA and AAA.  This season was much worse though.  He went 5-4 with a 6.02 ERA.  Striking out 62 in 42.1 innings.

This year, 2011, he finally put it together at AAA.  He was 1-1 with 18 saves and a 1.67 ERA.  He has been the closer at AAA Scranton/Wilkes Barre all season.  He has 30 strikeouts in 27 innings.

With all the injuries to the bullpen he has now been called up to pitch for the MLB team.

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