Astros: Fresno Player Spotlight- The New Pitchers
By Colin Gay
The youngest pitcher brought up of these six; Yuhl was drafted in the 35th round of the 2014 Draft out of Concordia University.
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His stats in Double-A Corpus Christi this season show why he deserved the call-up. In 19 appearances, including 17 starts, Yuhl had a 3.04 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP and a .258 average against. He also struck out 75 in 97.1 innings pitched.
As of the posting of the article, Yuhl has not made his debut for the Grizzlies, so it is unclear what his role will be. However, he has proven he can do both. In his two games out of the bullpen, he has a 1.13 ERA and a 0.38 WHIP in eight innings. He also has a save and has struck out seven. As Knight said in another Corpus Christi spotlight, this ability is similar to what Chris Devenski is doing at the major league level.
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With a rotation that is spotty after Brady Rodgers and Mike Hauschild, Yuhl would fit right in perfectly in the rotation. However, he could be a valuable long man from the bullpen as well. However they use him, the Fresno Grizzlies have yet another underrated weapon that will elongate whatever position he plays.
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