CHARLESTON, SC - The New York Yankees have announced that All-Star pitchers Rafael De Paula and Dietrich Enns have been promoted from the Charleston RiverDogs to the High-A Tampa Yankees.
Simultaneously, pitchers Wilton Rodriguez, Zachary Varce, and Cuban lefty Omar Luis have all been promoted to Charleston from Extended Spring Training and immediately placed on the DL. Also new to the RiverDogs roster is third baseman Eric Jagielo who was selected by the Yankees in the first round of this year's MLB Amateur Draft. Jagielo has also immediately been placed on the DL.
De Paula, a 6'2", 215 pound right-hander from La Victoria, Dominican Republic, compiled a 6-2 record and 2.94 ERA over 13 starts with Charleston. He tossed 64.1 innings and allowed just 21 runs, all earned, on 43 hits with 23 walks and a South Atlantic League best 96 strikeouts. He was also named the starting pitcher for the South Atlantic League Southern Division All-Star team.
Enns was equally dominant for the RiverDogs, sporting a 4-1 record with one save and ranked tops on the team in ERA at 0.61. The 6'1", 195 pound lefty from Frankfort, IL threw 44.1 innings for Charleston this season and surrendered just three earned runs on 23 hits to go along with an impressive 69 strikeouts and only 14 walks. He was originally drafted by the Yankees in round 19 of the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft out of Central Michigan University.
Both Rodriguez and Varce rejoin the RiverDogs after each spending time in Charleston in 2012 before having their seasons ended due to injuries. Luis is a highly touted 20-year old lefty pitching prospect for New York. He signed for $4 million in July of 2012. Jagielo, a 21-year old right-handed hitting third baseman, was the 26th overall pick in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft out of the University of Notre Dame.