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Cody Carroll, a 22nd-round draft pick two years ago out of Southern Miss, is looking like quite a steal for the New York Yankees. The 6-foot-5 right-hander has reached Double-A and is having success at that level with an impressive arsenal of pitches. In 11 relief appearances for Trenton, Carroll has a 1.50 ERA. He put up a 2.25 with two saves at high Class A Tampa before earning a late May promotion. He has 60 strikeouts in 44 innings all told. Carroll has added a split-finger pitch to his upper 90s fastball and slider, according to reports. At age 24, he could be poised to move up again soon. Carroll went 4-4, 3.15 with three saves at low-A Charleston in 2016, making six starts among his 26 appearances. He has pitched solely in relief in 2017 but isn’t confining himself to that role. “I can definitely be a whatever-you-need kind of guy,” Carroll told scout.com. Carroll was a solid if not outstanding pitcher at USM. As a junior in 2015, he went 5-5, 3.08 but was overshadowed by Ferriss Trophy winner James McMahon. P.S. Mississippi State product Jonathan Holder, who was fast-tracked by the Yankees after being drafted in 2014, is back on the big league roster after a brief demotion to Triple-A. Holder has a 3.78 ERA in 32 games for New York in 2017. He first reached the majors late last season.

Mike Christensen

Mike Christensen

A long-time sports fan and 30-year newspaper veteran muses on all things baseball in Mississippi. Contact: mwchristens@gmail.com
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