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Yankees name the four pitchers going to the Arizona Fall League

09/12/2013 12:20 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Vidal Nuno is one of four pitchers going to the Arizona Fall League for the Yankees.(AP)
The Yankees announced on Wednesday which four pitchers they'll be sending to the Arizona Fall League, tabbing RHPs Brett Gerritse and James Pazos and LHPs Fred Lewis and Vidal Nuno for a trip west.

Those four will join outfielder Tyler Austin and Mason Williams and catcher/third baseman Peter O'Brien, who were announced last month, in representing the Bombers on the Scottsdale Scorpions roster when AFL play begins October 8.

Gerritse, 22, was a 12th-round pick in the 2009 Draft and spent 2013 at Class-A Charleston, going 8-7 with a 3.56 ERA and striking out 108 in 101 innings over 30 appearances (nine starts) in his second full season with the RiverDogs.

Pazos, 22, was the Yankees' 13th-round pick last year and spent almost all of 2013 with the RiverDogs as well; after one scoreless appearance with Staten Island, he was promoted to Charleston and went 3-1 with a 4.05 ERA and one save in 24 appearances out of the RiverDogs' bullpen.

Lewis, 26, was drafted in the 47th round in 2010 and made appearances at three levels in 2013; he spent most of the year at Double-A Trenton, where he was 0-4 with a 2.28 ERA in 20 games (five starts), but he also made eight relief appearances at Class-A Advanced Tampa - posting a 3.86 ERA in 14 innings in April and early-May - and had one scoreless outing at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in June.

He was also on the Thunder's active roster for both rounds of the Eastern League playoffs, but he had not made an appearance in any of Trenton's first five playoff games through Wednesday.

Nuno, 26, is the only one of the group with any Major League experience, as he made his MLB debut in April and was 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA in 20 innings over five appearances (three starts) with the Yankees.

He also made five starts at Triple-A, going 2-0 with a 1.44 ERA before being placed on the disabled list in mid-June with a severe groin injury, but Nuno recently began a throwing program and should be back to 100 percent in time for the AFL season.

However, because Nuno was called up and placed on the 60-day disabled list to open a 40-man roster spot last week, the Yankees will have to reinstate him from the DL prior to the start of the AFL season - as they did with Dellin Betances in 2012 - so a roster move will have to be made.

 

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