Arizona Fall League Yankees Preview
By Wayne Cavadi
The 26-year old righty was a 2009 fifth round draft pick of the New York Yankees out of Vanderbilt. Cotham has been up and down the system in the six years since. This past season he spent time in the Gulf Coast League, and then at Tampa, Trenton, and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was very underwhelming over 10 starts at Double and Triple-A, going a combined 0-4 with an ERA well over five. With a career 13-20 record and a 4.24 ERA, this may be Cotham’s last chance to stick with the system.
Pinder was drafted by the Yankees in the 16th round of the 2011 draft. The 25-year old righty had a strong showing for the Trenton Thunder coming out of their bullpen in 2014. He finished his Double-A season at 2-0, with a 0.56 ERA and four saves. He struck out 18 over 16 while just walking two. When Pinder was promoted to SWB, he picked up another win and a save. The one time spot starter seems to have found new life in the back of the bullpen and will look to hone his skills this fall.