Tarpley with the New York Yankees in 2019
|New York Yankees – No. 71|
|Born: February 17, 1993|
Los Angeles, California
|September 2, 2018, for the New York Yankees|
|MLB statistics |
(through September 25, 2019)
|Earned run average||6.06|
Tarpley attended Gilbert High School in Gilbert, Arizona. The Cleveland Indians selected him in the eighth round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft. He did not sign with the Indians and enrolled at the University of Southern California (USC) to play college baseball for the Trojans. After one year at USC, he transferred to Scottsdale Community College. In 2013, his sophomore and lone year at Scottsdale, he went 3-2 with a 2.35 ERA in 16 games (15 starts).
The Baltimore Orioles selected Tarpley in the third round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft. He signed with the Orioles, receiving a $525,000 signing bonus, and spent 2013 with the Gulf Coast Orioles where he went 0–1 with a 2.14 ERA in seven starts. He spent 2014 with the Aberdeen IronBirds and compiled a 3–5 record and 3.66 ERA in 13 games (12 starts)
On January 27, 2015, the Orioles traded Tarpley along with a player to be named later to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Travis Snider. Pittsburgh assigned him to the West Virginia Power of the Class A South Atlantic League and he spent the whole season there, pitching to an 11–4 record, 2.48 ERA, and 1.15 WHIP in 20 starts. He began 2016 with the Bradenton Marauders of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League (FSL) and posted a 6–4 record and 4.32 ERA in 20 games started.
On August 30, 2016, the Pirates traded Tarpley and Tito Polo to the New York Yankees as the players to be named later in the August 1 trade for Iván Nova. New York assigned him to the Tampa Yankees of the FSL, and he pitched in one game for them, giving up five runs in five innings. He spent 2017 with both Tampa and the Trenton Thunder of the Class AA Eastern League, going a combined 7–0 with an 0.88 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 18 total relief appearances between the two clubs.
In 2018, Tarpley pitched for Trenton and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the Class AAA International League. The Yankees promoted him to the major leagues on September 1, and he made his major league debut the next day. Tarpley pitched in 10 regular season games for the Yankees during his September call up and impressed the Yankees enough to be placed on their post-season roster. During the playoffs he pitched one inning in game three of the 2018 American League Division Series against the Red Sox.
On June 9, 2019, Tarpley recorded his first career save in an extra-innings win against the Cleveland Indians.
On June 26, 2019, Tarpley was called up back to the majors after Jonathan Holder blew a 10-2 lead after allowing 5 runs, including a grand slam without recording an out before being lifted from the game, and was optioned to Triple-A the very next day.
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