Pittsylvania County native Joe Mantiply was picked up by the New York Yankees from the Cincinnati Reds Friday, Aug. 9 in exchange for cash considerations.
On Sunday, Aug. 11, Mantiply, 28, was signed to a Major League Baseball contract by the Yankees.
According to a Yankees press release, infielder Breyvic Valera was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and left handed pitcher Stephen Tarpley was placed in the 10-day injured list with a left shoulder impingement.
Mantiply and Brady Lail, both pitchers, were selected and added to the Yankees’ 40-man roster.
Before the acquisition, Mantiply was a member of the Triple-A Louisville Bats, a minor league affiliate of the Reds.
Mantiply made 18 appearances with the Bats, has a 1-0 record, and a 3.72 ERA (29.0 innings pitched and 12 earned runs).
In addition, Mantiply made one appearance at the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts after returning form Tommy John surgery.
Mantiply was initially assigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before being signed to the Yankees’ 40-man roster Sunday.
He will wear jersey number 74.
Mantiply is a graduate of Tunstall High School and Virginia Tech.
Mantiply spent a brief stint with the Detroit Tigers in Sept. 2016 before being selected off waivers by the New York Yankees in Nov. 2016.
On Sept. 3, 2016, Mantiply made his major league debut with the Tigers and threw two pitches in 0.1 innings.
The Yankees initially released Mantiply before signing him as a free agent during Nov. 2016.
In Nov. 2017, Mantiply signed as a free agent with the Reds.
Mantiply has pitched 2.2 innings in the major league over five games and looks to add to that number as a New York Yankee.