The Yankees as an organization have stockpiled a wealth of high-end bullpen depth throughout the system over the course of the last three years. One of the premiere arms in that class is 25-year old left-hander, Tyler Webb.
A tenth-round draft selection out of the University of South Carolina in 2013, Webb has ascended through the farm system at a rapid pace in just two full seasons of pro-ball.
The 6’6″ Webb spent just four games in the New York Penn League with Staten Island before he was promoted for an extended look at Low-A Charleston before his rookie campaign came to a close in the summer of 2013. He struck out 48 batters in just 35 innings while allowing only 24 hits over that span.
Webb turned plenty of heads in 2014 when he flew through three levels of the system, beginning in High-A Tampa and ending in Triple-A Scranton. The southpaw fanned 94 in 68 innings of work and displayed impeccable control by issuing just 22 walks in his first full-season.
In 2015 Webb was talked about quite a bit by Manager Joe Girardi and General Manager Brian Cashman when asked about the eventual construction of their already elite bullpen after he has an impressive stint in big league camp during spring training.
If it were not for a tendon issue in his throwing hand that forced him to the SWB disabled list in June after pitching in just 25 games, there is every reason to believe that Webb would have already made his big league debut last summer.
Webb doesn’t possess overpowering velocity with a low-90’s fastball but he brings a very good curve ball and uses sneaky deception and excellent command of the strike-zone to get opposing hitters out. In his career, he has walked just 41 batters in 123+ innings while striking out 148 of them.
In order to make-up for so many lost innings in the regular season, Webb threw 12 innings for Surprise in the Arizona Fall League and had a successful, pain-free campaign in the desert. Webb will join fellow prospects Jacob Lindgren and James Pazos as immediate southpaw options to help the Yankees out of the bullpen in 2016.