Caleb Kent Cotham
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 215 lb.
- School Vanderbilt University
- High School Mount Juliet High School
- Debut July 29, 2015
- Final Game May 28, 2016
- Born November 6, 1987 in Mount Juliet, TN USA
Pitcher Caleb Cotham earned his first major league win for the New York Yankees against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 14, 2015. He registered the last out in the bottom of the 8th after the Rays had taken a 1-0 lead, then was the beneficiary of a two-out rally against closer Brad Boxberger in the 9th. Brett Gardner walked and stole second, Alex Rodriguez tied the game with a double, and after an intentional walk to Brian McCann, fellow rookie Slade Heathcott homered to put the Yankees up, 4-1. Andrew Miller then pitched the bottom of the 9th to seal the win. Altogether, he went 1-0, 6.52 in 12 relief outings for the Yankees that year.
Cotham joined the Yankees as a 5th round draft choice out of Vanderbilt University in the 2009 amateur draft. In six seasons in the Yankees' minor league system, he went 19-24 with a 3.94 ERA. After starting 3 games in 2009, he missed all of 2010, then was used as a reliever in 2011. In 2012, he was a starter for the Charleston RiverDogs and Tampa Yankees, both in Class A, going a combined 5-7, 3.91. In 2013, he reached AAA for the first time with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees after starting the season in Trenton but his numbers weren't so good: 8-7, 5.07 in 28 games. 2014 was a lost season, as he struggled with injuries, had to go back town to the Gulf Coast League for rehabilitation, and when in the upper levels of the system, he made only 10 starts with a record of 0-4 and an ERA well above 6.00. The Yankees then decided to make him a reliever in 2015, and it worked beautifully. He was a combined 6-4, 2.37 between Trenton and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, leading to a first call-up to the Show in late July, and a more extended look in September.
On December 28, 2015, he was one of four prospects, alongside 3B Eric Jagielo, OF Tony Renda and P Rookie Davis, traded to the Cincinnati Reds for closer Aroldis Chapman. The Reds were in full rebuilding mode, stocking up on young players after beginning a wholesale turnover of their veterans in the middle of the 2015 season.