Preston Michael Claiborne...attended Tulane University in New Orleans, La., appearing out of the bullpen for school's baseball team..was a four-year letterman at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, Tex., earning First-Team All-District 8-5A honors in final three seasons…was named by Baseball America as the 35th best prospect among high school seniors in 2006.
In fifth professional season, went 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA (21.0 IP/7 ER) in 18 relief appearances over three stints with Yankees. Also made 15 appearances with 0-1 record with two saves and 3.54 ERA (20.1/8) with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre...Opened season with RailRiders, making five appearances before being recalled by Yankees on April 20...Following second option to Scranton/WB on June 4, made seven appearances prior to landing on seven-day disabled list with a right shoulder sprain...Went 0-1 with 9.53 ERA (5.2/6) in four combined rehab appearances (three starts) between GCL Yankees 1 and GCL Yankees 2...Completed rehab assignment and reinstated from disabled list on August 23. Made three appearances with RailRiders before finishing season with Yankees...Earned first Major League win on April 20 at Tampa Bay, tossing 2.0 scoreless frames. Recorded second win on May 21 at Cubs and tallied final victory on September 10 vs. Tampa Bay...Recorded career-high three strikeouts on May 12 vs. Mets. Equaled total on May 30 vs. Minnesota...Made first career plate appearance in 13th inning of May 21 win at Cubs, recording a sacrifice hit.
Was 0-2 with a 4.11 ERA (50.1IP, 23ER) in 44 relief appearances over four stints (5/3-8/16, 8/20, 8/22-25 and 9/2-29) with the Yankees… opponents batted .260 (51-for-196, 7HR); LH .323 (30-for-93, 2HR), RH .204 (21-for-103, 5HR)… retired 31-of-44 first batters faced (70.5%)… stranded 26 of his 32 (81.3%) inherited runners… appeared in consecutive games seven times and three straight games once. Was signed to a Major League contract and selected to the Yankees' 25-man roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on 5/3. Threw 19.1 consecutive innings to start his Major League career before issuing his first walk on 6/12 at Oakland… marked the second-longest streak of its kind for any Yankee pitcher to begin his Major League career (John Frill broke into the Majors with a streak of 20.2IP without a walk for the Highlanders in 1910)… was the longest such streak to begin any pitcher's big league career since Edward Mujica had a 21.1-inning streak for Cleveland, spanning the 2006 and '07 seasons (credit: Elias)… did not allow a walk in 14 consecutive games to begin his Major League career, tying the best such streak in the Majors since 1900 (also Dave Veres for the 1994 Astros and Jose Arredondo for the 2008 Angels). Made his Major League debut in 5/5 loss vs. Oakland, tossing 2.0 perfect IP… became the first player from the Yankees' 2010 draft class to appear in the Majors. Recorded his first Major League strikeout in 5/8 win at Colorado, retiring Todd Helton swinging to end a perfect seventh inning (1.0IP, 1K). Made his third appearance in as many games on 6/13 at
Oakland, allowing 2H and 1ER in 1.1IP (1K) to suffer his first Major League loss in the 18-inning contest. Allowed a career-high 4ER in 1.0IP (4H, 1BB, 2K) in 8/10 loss vs. Detroit… had allowed just 9ER in the first 38.0IP of his career entering the game. Was optioned to Scranton/WB on 8/16, but recalled for the Yankees' doubleheader sweep vs. Toronto on 8/20, serving as the club's "26th Man" on the roster… was optioned back to Scranton/WB following the game since the recall occurred within
10 days after being optioned to the minors… was again recalled on 8/22 when Jayson Nix was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Was optioned to Single-A Tampa on 8/25 to make room on the 25-man roster for Derek Jeter, who returned from the 15-day D.L. on 8/26… made one relief appearance with Tampa, tossing 1.0 scoreless inning (1BB, 1K) before being recalled on 9/2. Began the season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, recording three saves (in three chances) over eight relief outings, allowing 4ER in 10.1IP (3.48 ERA, 14H, 1BB, 10K). Attended spring training with the Yankees as a non-roster invitee, going 1-0 with a 0.84 ERA (10.2IP, 1ER) in 10 relief appearances, striking out 10 batters.
Combined at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Double-A Trenton to go 6-2 with a 2.96 ERA (82.0IP, 27ER) in 50 relief appearances. Began the season with the Thunder, going 2-2 with a 2.22 ERA (48.2IP, 12ER) in 30 appearances out of the bullpen. Was promoted to Scranton/WB on 6/27 and went a perfect 4-0 with a 4.05 ERA (33.1IP, 15ER) in 20 relief outings.
Spent the entire season with Single-A Tampa and went 3-7 with a 3.11 ERA (81.0IP, 28ER), striking out 75 batters. Ranked fourth among FSL relievers with 8.33K/9.0IP and fifth in opponents'
batting average (.243, 73-for-301). Was named FSL "Pitcher of the Week" for the week of 7/25-7/31 after going 1-0 with 9K in 6.0 scoreless innings over two relief appearances during the stretch (1H). Following the season, made 12 relief appearances for the Phoenix Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League, going 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA (12.0IP, 4ER).
Made his professional debut, combining to go 1-3 with a 2.61 ERA (31.0IP, 9ER) in 24 relief appearances with short-season Single-A Staten Island and Single-A Tampa. Began the season with Staten Island, going 1-2 with a 2.28 ERA (23.2IP, 6ER) and 30K… was named to the NYPL American League All-Star team prior to being promoted to Tampa on 8/23. In five relief outings with Tampa, went 0-1 with a 3.68 ERA (7.1IP, 3ER)… made two postseason relief appearances with the Yankees, going 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA (4.0IP, 1ER).