Four ’08 Thunder Pitchers Added To 40-Man Roster

Chad Jennings, as he tends to do, does a much better job of breaking this down than I ever could, so I’ll just post the press release and direct you over his way

(PR) The New York Yankees announced today they have added right-handed pitchers Anthony Claggett, Christian Garcia and Steven Jackson and left-handed pitcher Michael Dunn to the 40-man roster. In order to clear room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated right-handed pitcher Darrell Rasner for assignment.

Claggett, 24, spent the majority of the 2008 season with Double-A Trenton, going 4-2 with nine saves and a 2.15 ERA in 29 relief appearances for the Eastern League champions. He began the year on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain, then made one appearance at Single-A Tampa (3.0IP, 1ER) before being transferred to Trenton. All but five of his outings in 2008 were more than 1.0 inning. Acquired from Detroit along with right-handed pitchers Humberto Sanchez and Kevin Whelan in exchange for outfielder Gary Sheffield on November 10, 2006, he was originally selected by the Tigers in the 11th round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

Dunn, 23, went 5-7 with one save and a 4.49 ERA in 31 combined games (22 starts) with Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in 2008. The left-hander pitched for most of the season with Tampa, going 4-7 with one save and a 4.55 ERA before joining Trenton for the Thunder’s final regular season game and then throwing four scoreless and hitless postseason appearances (4.1IP, 4BB, 7K) for the Eastern League champions. Selected by the Yankees in the 33rd round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Dunn began his professional career as a position player before making the transition to the mound in 2006.

Garcia, 23, combined to go 4-4 with a 4.33 ERA in 14 appearances (13 starts) with Single-A Tampa, the GCL Yankees and Double-A Trenton in 2008, after missing all of 2007 to recover from right elbow surgery. Despite missing more than three months of the season battling right shoulder and elbow inflammation, Garcia struck out 74 batters in 62.1IP, while walking just 25. Originally selected by the Yankees in the third round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Garcia owns a career record of 14-18 with a 3.86 ERA in 60 appearances (49 starts).

Jackson, 26, went 4-3 with six saves and a 4.18 ERA in 49 combined games (one start) with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2008, striking out 91 batters in 79.2 innings pitched. He also made three postseason relief appearances for the International League-champion Scranton/WB Yankees, going 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and recording the win in Game 1 of the IL Governor’s Cup Playoffs at Pawtucket. Jackson was acquired by the Yankees from Arizona along with INF Alberto Gonzalez, RHP Ross Ohlendorf and RHP Luis Vizcaino in exchange for LHP Randy Johnson on January 1, 2007. Selected by the Diamondbacks in the 10th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, he owns a career record of 27-29 with a 4.31 ERA in 145 appearances (66 starts).

The Yankees’ roster now stands at 40.

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