By Jerry Del Priore
Last year with the short-season Single-A Staten Island Yankees of the New York-Penn League (NYPL), right-handed pitcher Drew Finley failed to find his groove. He posted a 0-3 record with 4.28 ERA in six game starts in 27.1 innings of work.
Finley said it was due to a strained flexor tendon in his throwing arm, which curtailed his second season of professional baseball.
But after a few months of rehabbing the injury, Finley said he’s now ready to pitch and win for his current team, and see wherever this season takes him.
“I feel good. I’m starting the season here (Staten Island) and I’ll see what happens from there,” Finley, 20, said Saturday at the Staten island Yankees’ Media Day at Richmond County Ballpark. “But as long as I’m here, hopefully I’ll put my team in a good spot to win. I’m back and better when I was here last year, so I’m excited to see what happens, that’s for sure.”
After the New York Yankees selected him in the third-round of the 2015 MLB amateur draft out of Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego, California, they shipped him to the Pulaski Yankees of the Appalachian League (Rookie).
Finley enjoyed a decent first year of pro ball, recording a 0-1 mark with a 3.94 ERA in six games across 32.0 frames that same campaign.
While getting promoted is something he aspires to, Finley isn’t overly concerned with it at this point. He just wants to feel healthy and pitch well; everything else, he believes, will fall into place once it all happens.
Moreover, “The Show” will come in due course.
“That’s not really my call,” he said of being called up. “Wherever I am, whatever day I’m being called to go throw, I’m going to out there and do the same thing I do wherever I’m at. Each step of the way, my goal is to get to the Big Leagues. However long it takes to get there, I’m okay with it. As long as I’m playing baseball, things can’t be too bad, right?”
Finley is slated to start game two of the season against host and cross-bridge rivals, the Brooklyn Cyclones, Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.