The Yankees promoted 22-year old right-hander Trevor Stephan to Trenton on Tuesday afternoon. The 2017 third-round draft selection out of Arkansas was 3-1 with a 1.98 ERA in seven starts for High-A Tampa. In 40 innings of work for the Tarpons, Stephan allowed just 23 hits and issued nine walks while fanning 49 batters; Florida State League opposition hit just .160.
Stephan took the ball for the Thunder in game two of their double-header against Akron on the road at Canal Park on Tuesday night. In his first taste of Eastern League action, the Western Division-leading RubberDucks delivered a rude welcome to the highly touted hurler. Stephan lasted just 4 1/3 innings, allowing six earned runs on nine hits and two walks to go along with five strike outs in his 73-pitch debut. He suffered the loss in a 6-3 Trenton defeat.
The promotion of Stephan to Double-A is a sign that the Yankees may have plans to move the righty through the system quickly. Having not even spent one calendar year in professional ball, Stephan already finds himself at perhaps the most vital level of development. In 75 1/3 career innings entering Tuesday between stops with the Gulf Coast Yankees, Staten Island Yankees and Tampa, Stephan was 4-2 with a 1.67 ERA with a 93-15 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Meanwhile, right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday and started game one for the Thunder. In his first start back since being placed on the shelf with a blister on May 14, the 23-year old Loaisiga surrendered one earned run on five hits over his three innings of work against Akron; he took a no-decision in the eventual 4-3 Trenton defeat.
Right-hander Domingo Acevedo tossed two innings in extended spring training on Monday afternoon down in Tampa. The imposing right-hander has been out of action since being placed on the disabled list on April 13 with a blister. While on the DL, Acevedo suffered a concussion which has pushed back his return. After flying down to Tampa last Monday, the Yankees hope to build his pitch-count back up in extended spring outing before ultimately having him rejoin the Thunder in the coming weeks.