Prior to tonight’s games, the Yankees have promoted left-handed starter Caleb Smith to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and sent left-handed reliever Tyler Webb to the Trenton Thunder.
Smith, 25, will start the game this evening for the RailRiders after appearing in one game this season for Trenton where he pitched 2 3/3 innings out of the bullpen, struck out three and allowed one run. Last season Smith spent the entire season with Trenton where he appeared in 27 games, seven starts, and earned a 3.96 ERA while striking out 70 batters in 63 2/3 innings.
This will be Smith’s second start for the RailRiders in his career after pitching one game in 2016 for them. Overall Smith owns a 24-23 record with a 3.40 ERA and 344 strikeouts over 370 1/3 innings pitched. He was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers this past offseason in the annual Rule 5 draft and then traded to the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs returned him to the Yankees before Opening Day.
Webb, 26, was also a Rule 5 draftee in 2016 when he was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, he failed to make the team and was returned to the Yankees on April 1, 2017. This season Webb has appeared in two games for Scranton where he allowed six runs over 4 2/3 innings of work. He struck out nine batters, but opponents were hitting .364 against him.
Throughout his career, Webb owns a 13-13 record with a 3.65 ERA and 274 strikeouts in 219 1/3 innings pitched. He spent the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons with the RailRiders and was experimenting with being turned into a starter last season when he started five games for them.