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David Edward Phelps

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Pitcher David Phelps reached the majors with the New York Yankees in 2012.

After graduating from Hazelwood West High School, Phelps went to Notre Dame, where as a sophomore, he struck out 102 batters while posting a 1.88 ERA. fter going 5-5 with a 4.65 ERA and 75 strikeouts as a junior, he was selected by the Yankees in the 14th round of the 2008 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Mike Gibbons and made his pro debut that summer, posting a 8-2 record and 2.72 ERA in 15 starts for the Staten Island Yankees. He began 2009 with the Charleston RiverDogs going 10-3 with a 2.80 ERA in 19 starts. He was promoted to the Tampa Yankees in late July and went 3-1 in 7 starts for the club, allowing just 5 earned runs in that time.

Phelps was with the AA Trenton Thunder to start 2010 and was 6-0 with a 2.04 ERA in 14 starts. He again advanced up the Yankees ladder in early July, joining the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, and went 4-2 with a 3.07 ERA in a dozen outings. He spent the majority of 2011 back with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he posted a 6-6 record and 3.19 ERA in 18 starts. After missing two months of the season with a shoulder injury, he also got into a pair of games with the GCL Yankees on a rehabilitation assignment that summer.

Phelps made New York's Opening Day roster in 2012 and got into his first game on April 8th, coming out of the bullpen and retiring both batters he faced to end the game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Phelps retired the first 12 batters of his career, but the streak was ended by a Vernon Wells home run. He continued to pitch quite well over the next few months, assuring his place as the swingman and long reliever out of the Yankees' bullpen.

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