Kirby Yates Recalled | The Process Report

Kirby Yates Recalled

The Rays have recalled Kirby Yates from Durham.

Yates, who originally joined the Rays as an undrafted free-agent by way of Yavapai College, has posted gaudy strikeout rates throughout his minor-league career. He improved his walk rate by an appreciable amount last season, and those gains have remained thus far in 2014. The smallish right-hander fires a low-to-mid-90s fastball and slider from unorthodox arm action—Adam Sobsey has compared it to using a q-tip. He ought to find a home in middle relief.

The corresponding 25-man roster move saw Josh Lueke designated for assignment.

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