Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lail, Lindgren, Smith Called Up to Tampa

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RiverDogs pitching trio promoted following strong final outings at Savannah last week

CHARLESTON, SC – The New York Yankees have announced that Charleston RiverDogs right-handed pitcher Brady Lail and left-handed pitchers Jacob Lindgren and Caleb Smith have been promoted to the Single-A Tampa Yankees. Lindgren, New York’s first draft pick in 2014, remains on a fast track up the Yankees’ system while Lail and Smith, who were both South Atlantic League All-Stars this season, earn promotions as well.

Also, the RiverDogs have activated left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin from the disabled list and received right-handed pitchers Andy Beresford and Stefan Lopez from the short-season Single-A Staten Island Yankees and the Single-A Tampa Yankees, respectively. Charleston’s roster will continue to hold the maximum of 25 active players.
Lail was a consistent performer on Charleston’s pitching staff to open the season. He won a team-record six straight starts earlier this year and also picked up a win in his last RiverDogs appearance on July 12 at the Savannah Sand Gnats. Lail leaves the RiverDogs with a team-best eight victories and 95 strikeouts, the latter ranking second in the entire South Atlantic League.

Smith also posted a solid streak with the RiverDogs and won his last start with the team. Smith tossed 23.1 consecutive scoreless innings, striking out a then-Minor League Baseball-best 13 Delmarva Shorebirds on April 24 during that streak. He earned five wins for Charleston and recorded six shutout innings in a victory at the Savannah Sand Gnats on July 13 in his last start.

Lindgren had a short but successful stint in the RiverDogs bullpen. After making his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Yankees 1, Lindgren earned his first career victory and first career save while making four relief outings with Charleston. The southpaw picked up a rare four-strikeout inning to record his first professional save on July 12 at the Savannah Sand Gnats.

Clarkin returns to the active roster with a 3-3 record and a 3.49 ERA over his first two months in Charleston’s rotation. Clarkin was drafted by the Yankees last season with the 33rd overall pick at the end of the first round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

Lopez and Beresford return to Charleston for their second stints in the Lowcountry. Lopez was promoted to the Tampa Yankees in May and spent the past two months in the T-Yanks bullpen. Beresford was a starter for Staten Island over the last month, posting a 1-0 record and a microscopic 0.46 ERA.

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