Rafael DePaula to represent Yankees at 2013 Futures Game


RHP Rafael DePaula will represent the Yankees at the 2013 Futures Game during All-Star Weekend next month. He is the team’s only prospect named to the event, however OF Tyler Austin is part of the fan vote for the final roster spot. Click the link and give him some support. Here are the full rosters: World Team and Team USA.

DePaula, 22, has pitched to a 2.73 ERA (~2.03 FIP) in 69.1 innings this year, almost all for Low-A Charleston. His 102 strikeouts (13.2 K/9 and 37.0 K%) are the third most in the minor leagues, but he has thrown significantly fewer innings than the two guys ahead of him. The Yankees originally signed DePaula for $500k back in November 2010, but he was unable to come stateside until this year due to lengthy visa issues. At this point he is pretty clearly the best pitching prospect in the organization.

Categories : Asides, Minors


  1. trr says:

    just don’t get hurt

  2. DERP says:

    This if from Keith Law’s write-up of the players selected:

    Yankee catcher Gary Sanchez is an obvious omission, but the Yanks have been reluctant to push Sanchez, who’s shown some immaturity on and off the field in the past, and probably declined any request for him to participate.


  3. The Doctor says:

    Wow, his walk rates were much better than I thought as well. It’s still pretty early but is say he’s on the cusp of being an elite pitching prospect. It’ll take some good work at AA next year to earn a promotion to AAA and truly get him in that class, but he’s on the right track.

  4. Pseudoyanks says:

    Cracking Top 100 ??

  5. Cuso says:

    I voted 7 times for Austin/Correa but then my fingers got tired

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