It didn’t take long for the Yankees to replace George Kontos, who was traded for catcher Chris Stewart on Wedneday, in the Triple-A bullpen as they signed righty Cody Eppley for the role, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
“He gets right-handers out,” Cashman told Hoch. “Obviously, we’ve had a number of things happen. [David] Phelps is obviously up here. We just traded [George] Kontos, so there’s a couple of different things there. He was on the waiver wire. He gets right-handers out extremely well.”
Eppley, 26, was drafted in the 43rd round of the 2008 draft by the Rangers. He was not ranked among the Rangers top 30 prospects by Baseball America this year or last. He made his major league debut last season and had an 8.00 ERA, a 6.0 K/9, and a 5.0 BB/9 in nine innings and 10 appearances. He had a 2.86 ERA, a 10.2 K/9 and a 2.8 BB/9 in his minor league career.
Not a bad arm to grab off waivers. Don’t expect him to do much in the Bronx this year, but he could get a chance or two in an emergency situation. He’s a perfect sign-him-and-see-if-he-does-something type.