Phil Coke (you might remember him coming out of the bullpen in September for the Yanks) has been named to the Topps Double-A All Star Team. Based on this news and his decent outings this September, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the bullpen full-timethis year – especially because we can always use another Southpaw.
Phil Coke, who impressed the Yankees out of their bullpen as a late-season callup, was named to the Topps Double-A All-Star team on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old Coke served in New York as a left-handed reliever after making his big league debut on Sept. 1. Coke started his season as a starter at Double-A Trenton of the Eastern League before being promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he adjusted to work out of the bullpen.
While with the Thunder, Coke finished second in the Eastern League with a 2.51 ERA, striking out 115 batters in 118 1/3 innings while walking 39.
“I don’t really go out there expecting anything,” Coke said in September. “The only thing I expect of myself is to go out there and throw strikes as often as possible. If you can go out there and do that, then good things happen.”
A 26th-round selection in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft out of San Joaquin Delta Junior College in California, Coke was 1-0 with a 0.61 ERA in 12 relief appearances at the big league level. The Yankees have said they may consider developing him as a starter or reliever, depending on New York’s offseason pursuit of free-agent pitching options.
The Yankees re-signed lefty Damaso Marte to a three-year contract earlier this month, but Coke could also provide another left-handed arm in relief.
“He’s opened up a lot of eyes,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He’s shown that he is more than a one-dimensional pitcher. He started in the Minor Leagues, and he’s also shown that he can be a reliever, too.”