Thursday, June 25, 2015

Meet a Prospect: Diego Moreno

Diego Moreno was called up this week to join the ever growing list of Yankees pitchers that are making their major league debuts this season for the team. Moreno was called up on Monday and made his major league debut on Monday night against the Phillies pitching well in an inning of work. Moreno was traded to the Yankees back in 2012 in the deal that sent AJ Burnett to Pittsburgh and is now trying to make his name with New York, but not before we introduce you to him first.

Diego Rafael Montero was born on July 21, 1987 in Higuerote, Miranda Venezuela. Moreno stayed in Venezuela until the 2006 season when the Pittsburgh Pirates signed him to an amateur contract out of Venezuela. Moreno did not make his professional debut until the 2007 season and pitched a total of five seasons in the Pirates system before the trade in 2012. Moreno missed all of the 2012 season with an injury forcing his Yankees debut back to the 2013 season when he pitched for the High-A Tampa Yankees. 

In his first season as a Yankees farm hand Moreno pitched for both the Tampa Yankees and the Trenton Thunder posting a combined 3.89 ERA in 37 innings including a dominant 9.1 innings in Double-A where he allowed just one run on four hits. Moreno was back with the team in 2014 and back in Trenton where he continued to put up zeroes forcing the hand of the Yankees and forcing a call up to Triple-A Scranton. Moreno pitched 46.1 innings in Triple-A last season posting a respectable 4.86 ERA with 42 K's to just 15 BB's. 

Moreno began the 2015 season back in Scranton before the revolving door of the Yankees bullpen came calling to him this week. Moreno may not be the sexy name or the big star that the Yankees fans may have wanted but he's been more than serviceable in his minor league career and can be more than serviceable inside the Yankees system this season. Welcome to the family Diego and we hope to see you back in the Bronx soon! 

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