Full name is Brooks Joseph Kriske...In four seasons at USC (2013-16), went 4-5 with six saves and a 3.28 ERA (120.2IP, 104H, 55R/44ER, 55BB, 106K) in 71 appearances (seven starts)…finished his collegiate career tied for sixth on the school’s all-time leaders list with 64 relief appearances...Graduated from Palm Desert H.S. (Calif.) in 2012, where he earned all-state honors as a junior and senior…helped team to win two state titles in 2010 and 2012, and threw a complete game shutout in the CIF championship game in 2012.
Posted a 14.73 ERA (3.2IP, 6ER) without recording a decision in four relief appearances over three stints with the Yankees (7/26-8/3, 8/25-30, served as the Yankees’ “29th Man” on 9/11)...Made his Major League debut on 7/29 at Baltimore, closing out the game with a scoreless ninth inning (1.0IP, 1BB, 2K)…struck out Pedro Severino (looking) for his first career strikeout…prior to his debut, had never pitched professionally above the Double-A level...Allowed 5ER in 1.1IP in Game 1 on 8/30 vs. the Mets (2H, 3BB, 4K, 1HR, 2WP)…entered with the bases loaded in the fourth inning and struck out Brandon Nimmo to strand all three inherited runners...Closed out the game with a scoreless seventh as the Yankees’ “29th Man” in Game 2 on 9/11 vs. Baltimore (1.0IP, 1BB, 2K).
Combined to go 3-3 with 12 saves and a 2.08 ERA (60.2IP, 34H, 15R/14ER, 80K) in 43 relief appearances between Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton..opponents batted .161 (34-for-211, 3HR); LHH .206 (22-for-107), RHH .115 (12-for-104)..his 12 saves between Tampa and Trenton were a career-high..his 11 saves with Trenton ranked 10th among Eastern League pitchers...Started the year with Tampa, going 1-1 and allowing just one unearned run in seven relief appearances (12.0IP, 4H, 5BB, 16K)..limited Florida State League hitters to a .111 average (4-for-36, 0HR)..allowed 1H-or-fewer and recorded 1K-or-more in each of his seven outings with Tampa, including five outings in which he registered multiple strikeouts..named a Florida State League Midseason All-Star...Was promoted to Double-A Trenton on 4/27 and went 2-2 with 11 saves and a 2.59 ERA (48.2IP, 30H, 14ER, 23BB, 64K) in 36 relief appearances..went 1-1 with a 0.79 ERA (11.1IP, 3H, 1ER, 7BB, 17K, 0HR) while limiting opposing batters to a .081 average (3-for-37) over nine games in June.
Made his return to pitching after missing the entire 2017 season to recover from Tommy John surgery, making his first appearance with short-season Single-A Staten Island on 6/18 at Lowell..combined to go 2-2 with three saves and a 1.57 ERA (28.2IP, 5ER, 39K) in 16 relief appearances between Staten Island and Single-A Charleston...In 14 games with Staten Island to begin the season, went 2-2 with three saves and a 1.09 ERA (24.2IP, 3ER, 33K)..did not allow an earned run in 11 of his 14 outings with Staten Island and never allowed more than one earned run..tossed 2.1 scoreless innings and struck out a career-high six batters in a relief outing on 8/8 vs. Lowell...Earned a promotion to Charleston on 8/23..made two relief appearances with Charleston to end the season, allowing 2ER in 4.0IP (4H, 1BB, 6K).
Missed entire season to recover from "Tommy John" surgery performed in 2016.
Made his professional debut and spent the season with Single-A Staten Island, going 0-2 with four saves and a 2.25 ERA (16.0IP, 4ER, 16K) in 13 relief outings..allowed one XBH all season (double by Jonathan Popadics on 7/4 vs. Hudson Valley)...Underwent "Tommy John" surgery in August and missed the remainder of the season.