Yankees prospect starting to get 'comfortable'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2013) Yankees starting pitcher prospect Rafael De Paula struck out at least 10 batters for the second time in four starts for Class A Charleston Sunday. He also tossed a career-best five scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 3.63.
"That's the first time I've seen him this way," Charleston manager Al Pedrique said, per MLB.com. "He looked good a couple times in spring training. First outing, first time in front of the crowd, under the lights, he was a little nervous and erratic with his command but mostly fine. He lasted only two innings in his second start and a little better the next one. Today was as good as I've seen him."
De Paula, who was a 2010 international free-agent signing, has 33 strikeouts to nine walks in 17 1/3 innings. Pitching in the Dominican Summer League last year, De Paula was 8-2 with a 1.46 ERA and 0.86 WHIP in 14 starts. He also struck out 85 and walked 18 in 61 2/3 innings. Baseball America considers De Paula the Yankees' 10th-best prospect.
"He's a very quiet kid, very low-key," Pedrique said. "I think he's starting to feel comfortable in front of a crowd, and he showed it today. His composure was much better, more confidence in his stuff. He had a great game."