Just one day after designating Mike Myers for assignment and calling up Jim Brower, the Yankees are calling up 21 year old Joba (pronounced JAH-bah) Chamberlain. This according to Peter Abraham and LoHud. I would imagine (as does Peter) that Jim Brower will be sent back down in order to make room on the roster.
Little background on Joba. Chamberlain as most of you know, is Native American, as is Red Sox phenom Jacoby Ellsbury. Joba started off at Division II University of Nebraska-Kearney where he lead the team in ERA, K’s and complete games. In 2005 he transfered to University of Nebraska-Lincoln. That year Joba helped lead the Huskers to the College World Series by posting a 2.81 ERA, 10-2 record, 130 K’s in 118 innings and 33 walks. He suffered through 2006 with some triceps tendinitis, but still finished with a respectable 3.93 ERA in just under 90 innings pitched. He was drafted 41st overall (Thank you Tom Gordon and the Phillies) in 2006 by the Yankees. His throws a plus fastball with plus control ranging from 93-98, as well as a changeup, curve and a 10-4 slider that serves as his out pitch.
So far his numbers in 2007 have been spectacular.
Tampa: 4-0 2.03 ERA 40 Inn. 51 K’s 11 BB
Trenton: 4-2 3.35 ERA 40.1 Inn. 66 K’s 15 BB
Scranton: 1-0 0.00 ERA 8 Inn 18 K’s 1 BB
Let’s hope Joba can handle the pressure cooker that is New York, but otherwise the talent is there. Even though he has been a starter for the majority of his career I think the Yankees will be looking to groom him into the eventual 8th inning guy and after that the replacement (gulp!) for Mo. But let’s take one day at a time. Welcome Joba and best of luck!