As first relayed by Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, the Yankees have promoted right-hander Dellin Betances from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and will have him pitch out of their big-league bullpen down the stretch. David Adams was optioned to the Triple-A level in a corresponding 25-man roster move.
Betances cracked Baseball America‘s Top 100 prospects list after both 2010 and 2011, but the 25-year-old never quite put it all together as a starter and finished the 2012 season with a rough 6.44 ERA and 1.85 WHIP in 131 1/3 minor league innings. He was moved to a bullpen role early this summer and has since flourished, boasting a 1.46 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings of relief as of his Sunday morning callup.
The native of Brooklyn, New York should do well as a long reliever in the Bronx.
The Tigers signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor league deal, per an announcement from the Double-A Erie SeaWolves on Friday. Thole is expected to report to Double-A Erie, where he’ll split time with starting catcher Jake Rogers.
Thole, 31, has not appeared in a major or minor league game since 2016. He signed a minors deal with the Diamondbacks back in 2017, but was sidelined through most of the season after undergoing hamstring surgery in April. He was released by the team during spring training and failed to catch on with another major league club through the first two months of the 2018 season.
While the veteran backstop hasn’t tested his skills in pro ball for several years now, he held his own during a short-lived run with the independent New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. Over 17 games in 2018, Thole batted .317/.425/.367 with three extra-base hits and a .791 OPS in 75 plate appearances. He’s expected to serve as catching depth within the Tigers’ organization, but may yet work his way back to the majors if he can get his average back over the Mendoza Line again — a feat he hasn’t managed since 2015.