Yankees claim Brian Schlitter


Via Carrie Muskat, the Yankees have claimed righty reliever Brian Schlitter off waivers from the Cubs. I’m guessing new pitching coaching Larry Rothschild had something to do with this. The 25-year-old made his big league debut in 2010, taking the place of Carlos Zambrano when he was suspended for one of his various tirades. He got rocked in eight appearances (8 IP, 18 H, 11 R, 5 BB, 7 K), but his minor league career features 8.6 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 in 190 IP (all relief). The Cubbies originally acquired him from the Phillies in exchange for Scott Eyre back in 2008.

Baseball America did not rank Schlitter among Chicago’s top 30 prospects in last year’s Prospect Handbook. The Baseball Info Solutions data at FanGraphs says he throws a fastball that averages 93 mph and a slider, so it’s a pretty generic repertoire. He’s a big boy though, listed at 6-foot-5, 235 lbs. on the Cubs’ official site. Schlitter’s just another arm for depth purposes, nothing wrong with another hard-thrower.

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  1. S.King says:

    Schlitter? I barely know her.

    …slow night.

  2. OldYanksFan says:

    It can’t hurt to get decent guys off the cheap heap.

  3. mike c says:


  4. dalelama says:

    His #1 pitch is the shitter.

  5. The Yanks’ off-season has really gone into the Schlitter since they missed out on Cliff Lee.

  6. bonestock94 says:

    He seems better than a typical waiver wire pick up.

  7. Stratman9652 says:

    190 innings in relief? Thats seems like a decent chunk for a reliever to me.

  8. MattG says:

    This move makes the Yankees Schlittier.

  9. SRB says:

    Slug # 127 we’ve talked about this winter

  10. Pounder says:

    College of Charleston SC, just like Brett Gardner.

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