Minor League Notes: Bootcheck, De La Cruz

9/9-9/12 Series Preview: Baltimore Orioles
Game 144: Win It For The Bullpen
Trenton's Game One starter. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Trenton’s Game One starter (I think). (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Double-A Trenton opens the Eastern League Championship Series against the Harrisburg Senators (Nationals) tomorrow night in Trenton. I believe LHP Nik Turley will get the ball in the first game of the best-of-five series, but don’t hold me to that. The Thunder are the Yankees’ only minor league affiliate still playing. Here are some more minor league notes:

  • RHP Chris Bootcheck was granted his release after opting out of his contract, reports Chris Cotillo. The Yankees technically controlled his rights for another two or three weeks even though Triple-A Scranton’s season ended last week. Bootcheck, 34, was the RailRiders’ most reliable starter this year, pitching to a 3.69 ERA (4.20 FIP) in 136.2 innings across 23 starts (and one relief appearance). He made a one-inning cameo with the big league team back in June.
  • The Yankees have re-signed RHP Joel De La Cruz to a minor league contract, according to Matt Eddy. The 23-year-old had a very strong season with High-A Tampa, throwing 85 innings of 3.28 ERA (2.85 FIP) ball. His strikeout (7.73 K/9 and 21.0 K%) and walk (2.86 BB/9 and 7.8 BB%) rates were good but not great. De La Cruz is a prospect but not a standout. He was rumored to be one of the names involved in the Alfonso Soriano trade before Corey Black went to the Cubs.
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9/9-9/12 Series Preview: Baltimore Orioles
Game 144: Win It For The Bullpen
  • kenthadley

    Maybe the GM learned a lesson from the Quintana incident…although Quintana’s numbers and performance were much better than De La Cruz.

  • RetroRob

    With the Yankees pitching staff having issues, I’m surprised they couldn’t find a spot on the staff for Bootcheck.

  • kenthadley

    Is there a connection between the De La Cruz signing and the mistake with Quintana being not signed? My original comment seems to have been removed.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Mark Teixiera – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew)

    I am surprised with the depleted bullpen right (and the guys they are running out there) that Bootcheck didn’t at least get a look. Couldn’t be much worse than Hughes/Joba/Huff and co right now.