Tenure with the New York Yankees
October 8, 1985 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|April 23, 2011 for the Texas Rangers|
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||4.61|
Eppley attended Northern High School in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, where he pitched for the school's baseball team. He then enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where he played college baseball for the VCU Rams baseball team, competing in the Colonial Athletic Association of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I.
He pitched for the Arizona Rangers of the Rookie-level Arizona League and Clinton Lumber Kings of the Class A Midwest League in 2008. He was named an Arizona League All-Star. Eppley played for the Hickory Crawdads of the Class A South Atlantic League in 2009. The Rangers promoted Eppley to the Bakersfield Blaze of the Class A-Advanced California League to begin the 2010 season, and then promoted him to the Frisco RoughRiders of the Class AA Texas League in May and Oklahoma City RedHawks of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL) in July. He was assigned to the Round Rock Express, the Rangers' new PCL affiliate, in 2011.
The Rangers designated Eppley for assignment at the end of spring training in 2012. The Yankees claimed him off waivers.
New York Yankees
Eppley started the 2012 season with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees of the Class AAA International League. They recalled him on April 19, then optioned him to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after long reliever D. J. Mitchell was recalled to the Yankees on April 29, 2012. Eppley was 0-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 4 games with New York.
On May 4, 2012, Eppley was called back up to the parent club to take Mitchell's roster spot, along with outfielder DeWayne Wise after pitcher Mariano Rivera sustained an Anterior cruciate ligament tear. He was optioned back to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and recalled again on May 15 to replace David Robertson, who strained an oblique muscle.
Eppley made the Yankees Opening Day roster in 2013, but after giving up 4 runs in 1.2 innings, he was optioned to Triple-A. After pitching to an 8.53 ERA with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre through 19 games in the 2013 season, the Yankees released Eppley on June 5.
On June 14, the Minnesota Twins signed Eppley to a minor league contract, and assigned him to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings of the International League. He opted out of his contract August 21. In 22 appearances with Rochester, he was 2-0 with a 4.88 ERA, striking out 20 in 24 innings.
Eppley made 6 appearances with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball in September, going 0-1, giving up 1 run in 4.1 innings with 4 strikeouts. Despite now pitching in independent baseball, Eppley said, "being able to get out and wake up every morning and go to the ballpark, that's what it's all about."
Eppley signed a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates on November 26, 2013. Eppley gave up 2 runs in 5.2 innings over 7 appearances with 3 saves in Spring Training. He began the season with Triple-A Indianapolis, where in 13 games, he was 2-1 with a 6.43 ERA. On June 19, Eppley was released by the Pirates.
Eppley throws with an unusual sidearm delivery. He throws a four-seam fastball and sinker in the high 80s. He also has a slider in the low 80s and an occasional changeup. Eppley's low arm slot makes him very effective against right handed batters, but also largely ineffective against left handed batters. It also allows him to generate a very large number of groundballs.
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