The New York Yankees have announced the first wave of September call-ups and among those heading to The Bronx is right-handed pitcher Jonathan Holder.
Holder, 23, was a surprise name to see listed as a September call-up as he is not on the 40-man roster and is not yet eligible for the Rule 5 draft. The call-up comes just days after reports that the Yankees were not planning on calling up players who are not eligible for the Rule 5 this year.
This season Holder spent time at three different levels of the farm system, he started off the year in High-A with the Tampa Yankees where he threw just four innings, striking out 7, before earning the promotion to the Trenton Thunder. In Double-A he was impressive, striking out 59 batters, walking just 7 and earning ten saves in 28 games.
He continued to impress out of the bullpen after being promoted to Triple-A where with the RailRiders he struck out 35 batters in 20 1/3 innings over 12 games, including a 12-strike out, four-inning performance in his last Triple-A game on August 28, 2016.
Also among those called up are Nick Goody, Rob Refsnyder, Luis Severino, Kirby Yates, and Eric Young Jr.
Goody, 25 made his MLB debut last season in September and sent the majority of his 2016 season in the majors. With the New York Yankee this year he had a 4.23 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 27 2.3 innings out of the bullpen. In Triple-A he struck out 35 batters over 23 1/3 innings and earned a 1.93 ERA.
Fan favorite Rob Refsnyder, 25, is now back in the bigs. The utility man hit .316 in 54 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. During his time in the majors this season he hit .264 and found himself playing all over the field with time at second, third, and outfield.
Severino, 22, has struggled as a starter in the bigs this year that caused him to be demoted back down to Triple-A. He will likely head to the bullpen down the stretch for the Yankees, hoping to regain some of the confidence he had last season.
Kirby Yates was optioned to Pulaski on August 30 in a paper move that allows him to be recalled today. Yates has 44 strikeouts in 35 innings but also has an ERA of 5.40 out of the bullpen for the big club.
Eric Young Jr. will be making his return to New York, but ths time in The Bronx. The former New York Mets outfielder will be suiting up in the famous pinstripes for the first time in his career. The Yankees acquired him for cash considerations the other day.