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Prospects on Deck: Tampa Yankees LHP Stephen Tarpley Remains Spotless

The Tampa Yankees are enjoying a run to the postseason as they currently have an 8-game winning streak and lead the Florida State League with 73 wins.

Relief pitcher Stephen Tarpley has been one of the reasons for the Yankees success this season as he is having his best season in pinstripes after coming over in a trade on August 30, 2016 from the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

Tarpley was a starting pitcher with the Pirates system, and he had some success going 20-13, with 280 strike outs in 303.1 innings.

This season with Tampa, the California native has not allowed a run in 14 games in relief.  He is 6-0, allowing eight hits and 36 strikeouts in 30.2 innings.

Tarpley was placed on the disabled list on April 6th and did not come off until June 7th.

In his first five outings after coming off the DL, the left hander did not allow a hit in 9.1 innings spanning five games, all the while keeping opponents from scoring. On June 25th, Tarpley faced the minimum through two innings of work and struck out four batters.

On July 4th, he came in relief and tossed three scoreless innings, allowing his first hit of the season, while striking out three in the process. Then on July 19th, after appearing in two other scoreless outings, Tarpley threw four shutout innings, allowing just one hit, two walks and three strikeouts.

The one-time starter has been able to give the Yankees multiple innings of superb relief as he continues to mow down Florida State League batters.

The injury to Tarpley was undisclosed, but whatever it was, he has shown no signs of letting up and as the Tampa Yankees continue to forge their way towards another Division Title, and Tarpley continues to be one of the difference makers in their bullpen.

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