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Kirby Yates | Relief Pitcher | #50

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Yavapai CC
Drafted: 2009 / UDFA / TB
Contract: view contract details

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Yankees recalled RHP Kirby Yates from Rookie-level Pulaski.
Yates was down for a couple days in a procedural move as the Yanks added a fresh arm. He'll resume a middle relief role. Sep 2 - 12:59 PM

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Yankees optioned RHP Kirby Yates to Rookie-level Pulaski.

It's a procedural move designed to get Yates back to the majors when rosters expand in September. The 29-year-old owns a 5.40 ERA and 44/14 K/BB ratio in 35 innings this season.
Aug 30 - 2:50 PM

Yankees recalled RHP Kirby Yates from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Yates will give the Yanks a fresh bullpen arm -- a much-needed thing after their couple recent blowout losses. The right-hander holds a 5.72 ERA in 30 appearances this year in the major leagues.
Aug 17 - 10:46 AM

Yankees optioned RHP Kirby Yates to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The 29-year-old hurler has had a rough go of it out of the Yankees bullpen this season, compiling a 5.72 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 35/13 K/BB ratio over 28 1/3 innings. He'll try to right the ship in the minor leagues before returning later in the season.
Jun 28 - 4:49 PM

Yankees acquired RHP Kirby Yates from the Indians in exchange for cash considerations.

Yates was designated for assignment earlier this week after the Indians' signing of Mike Napoli became official. It will be the third team he's been on since Thanksgiving, as he was previously claimed off waivers by the Tribe from the Rays. The 28-year-old reliever holds a career 5.27 ERA at the big league level, but he's struck out 63 over 56 1/3 innings and also boasted gaudy strikeout totals in the minors. The problem is that Yates is a flyball pitcher, which isn't a good fit at Yankee Stadium.
Jan 8 - 2:33 PM

Indians designated RHP Kirby Yates for assignment.

Yates becomes a roster casualty due to the Tribe's signing of Mike Napoli, which became official on Tuesday. The 28-year-old reliever was traded from the Rays to the Indians in November after the Rays DFA'ed him. He was walloped in his 20 1/3 innings this past season, pitching to a 7.97 ERA while allowing 10 homers in limited action. For what it's worth, he posted a 3.75 ERA in 36 innings two seasons ago. Given that he has just two seasons of major league action under his belt, he'll likely find a home elsewhere before spring training.
Jan 5 - 1:39 PM

Indians acquired RHP Kirby Yates from the Rays for cash considerations.

Yates was designated for assignment last week after posting an ugly 7.97 ERA in 20 appearances with the Rays this season while allowing 10 home runs in just 20 1/3 innings. The 28-year-old was much better in 2014 and the Indians will try to get him back on track.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 01:58:00 PM

Rays designated RHP Kirby Yates for assignment.

After a strong debut with the big league club in 2014, Yates took a major step back by registering a 7.97 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 21/7 K/BB ratio over his 20 1/3 innings in 2015. If he refuses the assignment, he should be able to land a minor league deal with a spring training invitation elsewhere.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 08:02:00 PM

Rays recalled RHP Kirby Yates from Triple-A Durham.

Another bullpen arm for the Rays. Yates has allowed home runs in each of his last five appearances in the majors and owns a 9.82 ERA over 11 innings overall.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 09:37:00 AM

Rays optioned RHP Kirby Yates to Triple-A Durham.

The Rays needed to make room for Drew Smyly, who is coming off the disabled list on Sunday. Yates has had a rough go of it, allowing a run in each of his last five outings. He could be back when the rosters expand to 40 on September 1.
Sat, Aug 15, 2015 11:38:00 PM

Rays recalled RHP Kirby Yates from Triple-A Durham.

Yates replaces Kevin Jepsen on the roster and in the bullpen. He's given up five runs in 7 1/3 innings in the majors this season, but he should prove better given a longer look.
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 02:43:00 PM

Rays optioned RHP Kirby Yates to Triple-A Durham.

Yates allowed two runs over two-thirds of an inning Tuesday to push his ERA up to 6.14. The Rays will announce a corresponding move on Wednesday.
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 10:07:00 PM

Rays recalled RHP Kirby Yates from Triple-A Durham.

He'll replace Enny Romero in the Rays' bullpen. Yates, 28, made four appearances at the major league level earlier this season before coming down with a pectoral injury.
Tue, Jun 23, 2015 03:36:00 PM

Rays activated RHP Kirby Yates from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Durham.

Yates is over his pectoral injury, but the Rays opted for Preston Guilmet for the bullpen over him. He'll be back with the big club at some point.
Wed, Jun 10, 2015 03:35:00 PM

Kirby Yates (pectoral) allowed two runs -- one earned -- over an inning in his first rehab appearance with High-A Charlotte on Thursday.

Yates has been on the shelf since late April with a right pectoral strain. He could rejoin the Rays' bullpen soon.
Fri, Jun 5, 2015 11:27:00 AM

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