New York Yankees: Scouting Report on Each September Call-Up
The New York Yankees have struggled all season in keeping a 25-man roster healthy and filled, but with the major league roster limit expanding in September the team was able to bring in some needed support for the stretch run.
The six players the club brought up to The Show cover nearly every area of the team. Among them are an infielder, catcher and three pitchers. Collectively they give manager Joe Girardi the luxury of depth that has been lacking during the first five months of 2013.
Here is a closer look at the call-ups and what they bring to the Yankees.
David Adams is already familiar with the route from Scranton to the Bronx as he has made the journey more than once this season.
After starting the 2013 campaign with the Triple-A RailRiders, Adams was called up to the club to help fill the hole left by the Kevin Youkilis injury.
During the second half of May the infielder hit .241, but in June his average plummeted to .125, and his playing time diminished.
A week later he was, as you may have guessed, he was back in Scranton.
The Yankees may want to consider renaming the trip between Scranton and New York City to "The David Adams Express."
With his call-up this month, Adams figures to be on the club for the remainder of the regular season.
He gives the team a decent infield glove and the potential to develop into a solid hitter. In 59 games at Scranton he hit .268 with five home runs.
Adams has the versatility to play first, second or third base, and that is where he provides value to the oft-injured Yankees.
23-year-old Brett Marshall is making his second appearance with the big league club.
On May 13, he was brought up to provide an extra arm in the bullpen, and he made his only start of the season two days later at Yankee Stadium.
That outing was not one that Marshall will be putting into his scrapbook as the youngster gave up five runs and nine hits in five and two-thirds innings against the Seattle Mariners.
The next day he was on his way back to Scranton.
With the RailRiders the right-hander has gone 7-10 with a 5.13 ERA. He features a fastball that averages around 90 mph and a changeup. In 138 innings he has struck out 120 and walked just 68.
Obviously the young hurler still needs to develop, but he gives the Yankees someone to turn to when they are trying to preserve other tired arms.
The experience Marshall gets in September could prove valuable to his career in pinstripes.
Dellin Betances is a story of two different pitchers.
His career began as a highly regarded starting pitcher in the Yankees organization.
Unfortunately he suffered from control issues and walked 99 in 131 innings in the minors during the 2012 season.
A change of "perspective" seemed to be in order for the 25-year-old, and this year he was moved to the bullpen.
Betances has thrived.
In 84 innings the right-hander has struck out 108 and walked 42. At Scranton he held a 2.68 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. With a mid-90s fastball and a curve that he can drop into the low-80s, the hurler appears to have found a home as a reliever.
He gives Joe Girardi another weapon to put on the mound late in the game.
If he can translate what he has accomplished at Triple-A to success in the Bronx, Betances might secure himself a spot with the club next season.
J.R. Murphy is a 22-year-old catcher out of Bradenton, Florida. Since joining the Yankees in 2009, he has advanced at least one level each season.
This year started with the Double-A Trenton Thunder, and after 49 games Murphy was promoted to Triple-A Scranton where he played in 59 games before the September call-up.
In 2013, the young backstop has been remarkably consistent. At Trenton he hit .268 and with Scranton his average was .270. At both stops he showed some power, hitting a total of 12 home runs in the combined 108 games.
Behind the plate he still requires some growth as he has been charged with 13 passed balls in 2013, but he has thrown out potential base stealers at a 37 percent rate. By contrast, primary catcher Chris Stewart has a 32 percent CS rate.
Already manager Girardi has shown a willingness to give Murphy game action, letting him pinch hit for Robinson Cano in the eighth inning of a blowout 9-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 2.
Making the most of the opportunity given to him, Murphy singled in that solitary at-bat.
With some valuable September experience under his belt, and with continued development behind the plate, Murphy will certainly be among the catchers competing for the starting job in the Bronx just a few short years down the road.
In April of 2012 the 24-year-old Dominican suffered a stress fracture and was lost for the season.
The young hurler's call-up to the Bombers in September represents the fourth level within the organization that he has seen this year.
His return to baseball in 2013 began with the Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League and was followed by stops at Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton.
At first glance one would not be impressed with what Cabral has done in the minor leagues this year. In 30 games he has a 5.40 ERA.
A closer look reveals the "Baby Bomber's" potential. In 36 innings he has struck out 43, and over his minor league career (dating back to 2006) he is striking out batters at over a one-per-inning rate. In his only appearance in the Bronx this year (the 9-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 2), Cabral pitched one inning and struck out two while yielding one hit and no walks.
Southpaws are a valuable commodity out of the bullpen, and given the potential Cabral has shown it is no wonder that the big league club decided to give him a look over the final month of the season.
With recent news that David Huff would be taking Phil Hughes' spot in the rotation, the opportunity is there for Cabral to establish himself as a backup lefty specialist to Boone Logan in the bullpen.
A good September for the youngster could mean regular appearances in the Bronx next season.
Of the six September call-ups by the Yankees, Preston Claiborne is the most proven.
The 25-year-old was brought up at the beginning of May and promptly showed what he is capable of doing by giving up just one run in 14 and two-thirds innings that month (0.61 ERA).
He would stay with the big league team through Aug. 26 when, in a somewhat puzzling move, he was demoted to Scranton to make room for the return of Derek Jeter.
At the time of his demotion, Claiborne was sporting a 2.78 ERA in 37 appearances, and his WHIP was 1.12.
Fortunately, September was under a week away and the right-handed reliever was added back to the roster when it expanded.
Claiborne features a fastball that averages around 93 mph and complements it with a changeup and slider that are major league quality.
Through his performance this season Claiborne has shown he can handle the pressures of playing in New York, and he will become a valuable, if not necessary, addition to the bullpen in the Bronx for years to come.