BALTIMORE — Joe Girardi said that when he first read about Jonathan Holder’s line from last Sunday, he thought it was “maybe a misprint.”
The righthanded reliever made headlines in his most recent appearance for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, striking out the first 11 batters he faced — and 12 of 13 hitters faced overall — in a scoreless four innings against Rochester.
“That’s pretty amazing,” Girardi said of Holder, one of six call-ups who joined the Yankees on Friday. He struck out Adam Jones in a perfect sixth inning in the Yankees’ 8-0 loss to Baltimore.
As of two weeks ago, Holder, 23, a sixth-round choice in 2014 out of Mississippi State, was not slated to be called up because he was not on the 40-man roster. But he “kind of forced the issue” with his season, Girardi said.
In stops with Class A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton, Holder produced a 1.65 ERA and 0.66 WHIP. “Plus curveball and a pretty good cutter,” said one AL talent evaluator who covers the Yankees’ system. “Don’t know yet, obviously, if it translates to this stage [the majors], but he has the stuff.”
Holder, whose dad and brother made the trip to Baltimore from their home in Gulfport, Mississippi, said his Sunday outing was “special.”
“It was one of those days where everything was kind of just working my way,” he said. “I feel like it was a good last outing and gives me a little bit of confidence coming in. I feel ready.”
The Yankees also promoted righthanders Luis Severino, Nick Goody and Kirby Yates, each of whom had been with the club at some point this season. Goody allowed back-to-back homers to Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo and Yates gave up a home run by Manny Machado on Friday night. Severino pitched a perfect seventh.
Utilityman Rob Refsnyder and outfielder Eric Young Jr., acquired from the Brewers for cash considerations earlier in the week, also joined the team.
Though Severino still is looked at by the Yankees as a starter, he will pitch out of the bullpen for now. “He’s a guy I could use anywhere from an inning stint to, if you needed him three, four or five, you might do that,” Girardi said. “I think his innings are going to be important to us.”