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Corey Kluber is the ace the Yankees need

Corey Kluber is the difference maker and impact arm the Yankees need atop their rotation.  In 2017 and 2018, Yankee fans wished ace-like status on Luis Severino, but his inconsistencies have left him just short of owning the name.  Kluber, 32, has been the definition of consistent for the Cleveland Indians, winning 18+ games four out of the last five years and winning 20 games in 2018 for the first time in his career. Kluber has posted an ERA below 3.50 every season since 2014, and has struck out at least 220 hitters in the same span. Kluber keeps getting better, and is not showing any signs of regression. Kluber is an ace, the ace the Yankees need.

Yankees MLB Draft 2017: Yankees draft RHP Austin Gardner 272nd overall

Looking to bolster their future bullpen, the Yankees have once again selected a right-handed pitcher. With the 272nd pick of the ninth round New York has selected right hander Austin Gardner out of The University of Texas-Arlington.
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Standing at 6’2" and weighing in at 215 pounds, Gardner is built to be a reliever.  Splitting time between the rotation and bullpen at UT-Arlington, the righty posted a 2.42 ERA over 44.2 innings during his 2017 campaign.

Gardner really hit his stride as a reliever this past season, allowing only seven of 22 inherited runners to score. His ERA out of the bullpen was an impressive 2.11, making him the Mavericks go-to reliever.

Gardner pitched for the Wichita State Shockers as a freshman in 2014 where he saw only a combined one inning of action in two appearances, allowing two earned runs.  He played his sophomore season at a junior college, before transferring to UT-Arlington for his junior season of 2016.

After a sub-par junior season in which he posted a 9.12 ERA in 25.2 innings, Gardner finally found his groove during his senior season. He will look to keep it going as a member of the New York Yankees.

Article by: Matthew Smith

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