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Gabay promoted from Riverdogs to Tampa Yankees

CHARLESTON, SC - The New York Yankees have announced that former Herkimer Generals pitcher Willie Gabay will be promoted to High-A Tampa with right hander Domingo German assigned to Class A Charleston.

Gabay – from Mahopac, NY – got the call to the Florida State League after blowing by South Atlantic League hitters with his high velocity. He went 2-1 with a 4.44 ERA while punching out 27 batters and walking 13 in 24.1 innings of work with Class A Charleston. The right-hander gave up 15 hits in his 14 relief appearances with opponents hitting just .179 against him as a reliever for the RiverDogs. Gabay logged two scoreless innings while striking out a pair in his Tampa debut on Saturday night (6/25).

Gabay was originally a 15th round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012, becoming the first player ever drafted out of his alma mater Herkimer County Community College in New York. He piled up 141 strikeouts in two seasons to become the Generals all-time strikeouts leader before being selected 482nd overall.

After his best season as a pro in 2014 where Gabay posted a 0-1 record with a 2.57 ERA, he was released by the Rays. In June (2015) he signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees, spending last season in rookie ball with Pulaski. There Gabay went 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA in 24.0 innings out of the bullpen with 20 strikeouts.

“Willie has an outstanding work ethic, and has made the most of the opportunities given to him,” said Head Baseball Coach Jason Rathbun. “He’s a great representation of what a Herkimer baseball player really is. We’re all proud of each accomplishment he makes!”

-Giorgio Varlaro

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