Filipino-American Clayton Rapada has made it into the opening roster of the storied New York Yankees team and will likely be assigned to take out lefty batters as a reliever.
The Yankees are the 5th major league baseball (MLB) team for the left-handed reliever.
The 31-year old Rapada was born in Chesapeake, Virigina, but has Filipino roots. His father, a full-bloodied Filipino, is from Cabangan, Zambales. His mother is an American.
A six-year MLB veteran, Rapada has played for the Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles before he was called by the Yankees as a non-roster invitee in spring training.
He was impressive during spring training, allowing only one run in 10 innings in 12 games for an excellent .90 earned run average (ERA) before he was touched in his last game. He limited opponents to a .121 batting average although he was hit hard in his last game against cross-town rival the New York Mets. In his last spring game, Rapada gave up three runs on five hits.
The latest Yankee reliever in the 40-man team opening roster day throws at a sideway angle.
He has a career average of 3.76 ERA and batters have hit him at .263 average.
He has played a total of 40.2 innings in 44 games.
The Yankees are favorites in the American East, which is arguably the toughest division in all of major league baseball. The Yankees are also the ‘winningest’ team in all of professional sports. They have captured 27 World Series title, which is an unequaled record.
Rapada counts among the growing list of baseball players with Filipino heritage.
The most notable of course is San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum,, a two-time Cy Young winner in the National League. The Cy Young award goes to the best pitcher in the two MLB leagues. The other league is the American League.