Yankees drop rookie sensation after record debut to open up roster for reliever

Clayton Beeter makes his MLB debut for the Yankees vs. Astros on March 30, 2024.
John Allen
Sunday March 31, 2024

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On Saturday, the Yankees made a roster change aimed at reshuffling their bullpen. The team dropped newcomer Clayton Beeter, as he achieved a milestone many aspire to – securing a spot on the Opening Day roster to accommodate left-handed reliever Tanner Tully.

The anticipation soared as Beeter received the call for his inaugural appearance in the majors on Saturday night, taking the mound in his native Texas. Supported by a cheering crowd of friends and family at Minute Maid Park, the young Texan concluded a resounding 7-1 victory for the Yankees, dazzling spectators by striking out the Astros in a mere three pitches. This remarkable achievement carved his name into Yankees lore, marking him as the first pitcher since Paul Quantrill in 2024 to accomplish such a feat.

Beeter’s joy was short-lived. Just ahead of Sunday’s game, a summons to Yankees manager Aaron Boone’s office delivered sobering news: he was being demoted to Triple-A to accommodate the call-up of left-handed reliever Tanner Tully.

The Yankees’ roster strategy

The decision stemmed from Boone’s desire for roster adaptability, particularly after all eight Yankees’ relievers had already seen action in the first two games – three on Opening Day and five on Friday. Beeter’s limited experience as a reliever, having primarily functioned as a starter in the minors and during spring training, weighed heavily in the manager’s considerations. Boone opted not to risk thrusting him into consecutive appearances.

Yankees prospect Clayton Beeter is pitching for the Somerset Patriots
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Aaron Boone elaborated on the choice to send Beeter down to Triple-A, noting the bullpen’s shortage of arms. Given Beeter’s background as a starter, the Yankees manager was hesitant to expose him to potentially challenging circumstances as a reliever. He voiced apprehension about deploying Beeter in an unfamiliar role due to his limited experience in bullpen duties. Boone outlined the strategy for Beeter to maintain his edge in Triple-A with the aim of a swift return to the majors. Despite the temporary setback, the skipper remained upbeat about Beeter’s capacity to make a substantial impact on the team’s performance throughout the season.

To make room for Tanner Tully’s activation, the Yankees had to open up a spot on their 40-man roster. In order to accomplish this, left-handed reliever Nick Ramirez was designated for assignment. This signifies Tully’s return to the major leagues for the second time, having previously pitched three games for the Cleveland Guardians in 2022. In that brief period, he allowed four runs across six innings of play.

Tanner Tully, the new signing of the Yankees
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Despite delivering impressive performances in spring training for consecutive years, Tanner Tully, a 29-year-old left-handed pitcher, failed to secure a spot on the Yankees’ Opening Day roster. This spring, he sustained his dominance, conceding only one run across six innings in three Grapefruit League appearances. His success extended further when he commenced the first exhibition game in Mexico City last Sunday, holding the Diablos Rojos to just one run over 4 1/3 innings.

In discussing Tanner Tully’s promotion, the Yankees manager emphasized the pitcher’s distinctive approach. Boone characterized Tully as a “throwback” player who emphasizes varying speeds over sheer fastball velocity. He specifically praised Tully’s precision during spring training, highlighting his consistent delivery of a “crisp heater” averaging 91-92 mph and his exceptional control. Boone conveyed assurance in Tully’s present condition, indicating that he is “in a pretty good spot right now.”

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