May 3, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - A lifetime of hard work and dedication to the game of baseball has culminated into a big league call up for former Tulane Green Wave baseball star Preston Claiborne, as the New York Yankees promoted him from their Triple-A farm club late Thursday evening.
A native of Dallas, Claiborne made eight appearances out of the bullpen for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the International League this season, totaling 10 strikeouts in 10.1 innings. He notched three saves while posting a 3.48 ERA.
From 2007-10, Claiborne was 8-7 with a 4.85 ERA in 84 appearances on the Uptown campus. He recorded 163 strikeouts in 157.2 innings, and was a part of seven combined shutouts, good enough for second place in school history. His 84 appearances are fifth in school history, while his ten saves are tied for eighth. Claiborne was drafted by the Bronx Bombers in the 17th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft.
Claiborne is the fourth former Greenie to play at the major league level this season, joining Aaron Loup of the Toronto Blue Jays, Brandon Gomes of the Tampa Bay Rays and Josh Prince of the Milwaukee Brewers. Prince, however, was sent down to their Triple-A farm club on Friday after the team activated All-Star third baseman Aramis Ramirez from the disabled list. The four Greenies in the majors this season marks the most Tulane players to ever play in one major league season.
Since 2006, 11 former Greenies have played in the big leagues, including the four aforementioned players. Brad Emaus, Mark Hamilton, Brian Bogusevic, Micah Owings, Tommy Manzella, Michael Aubrey and Andy Cannizaro have also spent time at the highest level of baseball in the last six seasons. Claiborne will be the first former Greenie to don the Yankee pinstripes since Cannizaro did so in 2006.