As the Yankees have spent their offseason making over their bullpen to be arguably the best in the game, it is likely that one final spot will be up for grabs heading into spring training. Prospect Nick Rumbelow will be among the relievers in that talented group vying for the opportunity to break camp with the major league club.
The 24-year old Rumbelow, a product of Lousiana State University, made his big league debut on June 23rd last summer and posted a 1-1 record with a 4.07 record in 15.2 inning over 17 games for the Bombers.
Rumbelow spent much of the summer riding the shuttle between the Bronx and Scranton as the 25th man on the big league roster. During his time with the RailRiders, he posted a 4.27 ERA with 57 strikeouts in 52.2 innings of work over 37 games.
Since his selection in the seventh round of the 2013 draft, Rumbelow ascended through the farm system in less than two full seasons in pro- ball. After an impressive 2013 rookie campaign with Staten Island, Rumbelow soared through four levels (Low-A Charleston, High-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton) in 2014. The 6’0″ right-handed hurler posted a 5-2 record with a 4.26 ERA while fanning 81 and allowing just 45 hits in 58 innings.
Rumbelow comes equipped with a mid to upper-90’s fastball and a very sharp curveball that’s generated plenty of swing-and-misses. In college, Rumbelow was essentially a two-pitch pitcher but he has worked to develop a solid change-up while also adding a slider to his repertoire since being drafted.
“In college people were very nervous about command issues,” a scout for an NL West ball club said. “Coming up through the Yankees system though, he has had really good command and it has helped him move very quickly.”
In three years at LSU from 2011-2013, Rumbelow walked 40 batters in just over 70 innings. Since being drafted, he has walked just 41 in 149.1 career innings.
After getting his feet wet with good experience in 2015, Rumbelow will battle a talented crop of young arms for a spot in the big league bullpen during spring training. Whether he cracks the Opening Day roster or not will not be determined until that point, but it is almost certain that he will be in the Bronx again at some point in 2016.