The New York Yankees have welcomed back another old-face today, as they acquired Phil Coke from the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League. Coke is a product of the Yankees farm system. He was drafted in 2002 draft, and made his Yankee debut during the 2008 season. Coke’s last season as a Yankee was 2009, where he pitched 60 solid innings and helped the Yankees win the World Series.
Coke was then traded during the 2009 off-season as a part of the Curtis Granderson trade. Since leaving the Yankees, Coke has put up an ERA of 4.31, a WHIP of 1.525 and a FIP of 3.66, in 336.1 innings. Coke only pitched 12.2 innings last season as a member of the Cubs, and Blue Jays. This season he started 1 game for the Barnstormers, allowing 2 earned runs on 6 hits and 1 walk over 4 innings of work, striking out 3.
The Coke signing is most likely just a depth signing, and fans shouldn’t expect him to be up anytime soon. The injuries to several key injuries to several key relievers made the move necessary, but based off his recent track-record the Yankees would be better off calling-up other relievers in situations where they need big league help.