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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Chamberlain and Kennedy promoted to AAA

The Yankees last night promoted right-handers Ian Kennedy and Joba Chamberlain -- their top two draft picks last year -- from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Both started the season with Class A Tampa.

There is some thought in the organization that Chamberlain could help the big-league team this year out of the bullpen.

Lefty Chase Wright and right-hander Tyler Clippard, both of whom made starts for the Yankees this year, were demoted from Scranton to Trenton (source).
Both promotions seem deserved. Kennedy is 5-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 48 2-3 innings pitched in AA Trenton. He has struck out 57 and walked 17. Chamberlain is 4-2 with a 3.43 ERA in 39 1-3 innings pitched in Trenton as well. He has struck out 64 and walked 15.

It's also interesting to see Wright and Clippard demoted. It really shows how their promotions to the Majors earlier this season were panic moves.

I'd prefer that they don't call up Chamberlain this season to be used in the bullpen, and it looks like they won't.


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