Rumbelow Stressing No Walks

SCRANTON, PA- Right-handed reliever Nick Rumbelow has rocketed quickly through the Yankees minor league system since being drafted in the 7th round of the 2013 MLB Draft. He has assumed the role of the set-up man for the Triple-A RailRiders but has proved that he can close out games too, and his success can be pinpointed to his full attack style of pitching.

Nick Rumbelow seems to have found his stride as he continues to impress the Yankees organization in the 2015 season. The 23-year old set-up man and occasional closer from LSU has appeared in 24 games this season for the Triple-A RailRiders and sits at a 2-1 record with seven saves and a 3.62 ERA in 32.1 innings pitched.

Although these numbers are not eye popping, Rumbelow has continued to work hard and it has paid off for him recently after a slow start to the season. After posting a 5.91 ERA in his first eight appearances this season, he has since posted a 2.49 ERA in his last 16 appearances, including not allowing an earned run in his last five outings.

“You know I think he’s going to be alright," veteran catcher Eddy Rodriguez said. "He’s a real hard worker and he goes through the process of getting ready correctly everyday so I just think this is a little stumble for him but he’ll bounce back [from the slow start]."

Rumbelow is happy about the way the team has looked thus far and his main focus is on going out there and trying to win ball games for his team.

“I think the season has been well so far, we’re winning games and that’s really what everything goes back to. "You know, I’m getting in there competing and trying to help the Railriders win some games,” Rumbelow said.

Rumbelow began his professional carrer in 2013 with Staten Island where he went 2-2 with a 2.35 ERA in 23.0 innings pitched. These numbers were good enough to earn Rumbelow a promotion to Charleston for the start of the 2014 season, where he did not stay long after throwing 9.0 scoreless innings.

After his success continued with Tampa and Trenton, Rumbelow found himself with the Triple-A RailRiders for the end of the 2014 season. Upon being drafted, the biggest concern for the Yankees with Rumbelow was his command; however that has not been an issue for the hard throwing righty as he has only walked seven batters total this season.

Rumbelow credits pitching coach and former big leaguer Scott Aldred for his command so far this season.

“You know Scotty’s a great pitching coach so working with him day in and day out has really paid dividends for me,” Rumbelow continued. "It’s all about having the right approach as I go out there every single outing and we’ve really been stressing no walks.”

Rumbelow’s repertoire consists of a fastball that sits in the mid-90’s, an above average changeup and a plus curveball that has been improving throughout the course of his career. Rumbelow feels that he has the confidence to throw any one of his pitches regardless of the situation.

“Since I’ve been in Triple-A working with Scotty I’ve really developed my changeup to be an out-pitch for me,” Rumbelow continued. "I’m comfortable going with my changeup or curveball at any time whether it be for a strikeout but all three of my pitches I feel like I can throw for a strike.”

Catcher Austin Romine has been confident in Rumbelow’s abilities dating back to last year and believes that the 23-year old righty is constantly getting better.

“You know he’s pretty much doing the same thing he was doing last season,” Romine said. "He’s getting ahead on the count, he has a good curveball, good pitches, and he’s getting ahead with his heater. He throws the ball hard so he’s not afraid to go at some people. I’d say he’s doing the same, probably a little better than last season so far."

As Rumbelow continues to pitch in Triple-A, he tries not to concern himself on when the call to the show is coming and is just focused on attacking batters and limiting walks.

“You know that’s something I don’t necessarily overwhelm myself with. I’m here I’m pitching for the RailRiders right now and I’m doing everything I can for us to win games here,” Rumbelow flatly said. “But if that time comes I think I’ll be prepared. I mean I think it goes from the process of me going through my routine and doing what I have to do every day here.”

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