Conor Mullee

Position: RHP
Born: 2/25/1988
Height: 6'4
Weight: 195
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the 24th round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft (NYY).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA in 12 games of relief between Trenton (Double-A) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A), striking out 25 while walking five and allowing 13 hits in 19 innings.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre May 14 along with RHP Chad Green when RHP Luis Severino went on the 15-day DL and C Gary Sanchez was sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 5/16/2016

Debut Details
May 16, in a 12-2 loss to the Diamondbacks. The third of four pitchers on the night, he allowed one earned run without giving up a hit in one inning, walking three and striking out one. Coming on to start the sixth inning, Mullee walked the first batter he faced, Michael Bourn, before striking out Paul Goldschmidt. Jake Lamb followed by drawing a walk and Yasmany Tomas grounded out to force Lamb at second, putting runners at the corners. Mullee then hit Brandon Drury with a pitch to load the bases before issuing his third walk of the night to Chris Herrmann, driving in a run. He avoided further damage by getting Nick Ahmed to ground out to end the inning.

Player Notes
Mullee comes off a 2015 campaign in which he made three stops — Tampa (High A), Trenton and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre — and combining to go 4-4 with a 2.91 ERA with 56 strikeouts and 16 walks in 58.2 IP over 36 games. That was on the heels of a 2014 season where he went 3-1 with a 1.40 ERA in 21 games between Staten Island (Short Season A) and Charleston (Class A), striking out 37 batters and walking 13 while scattering 23 hits in 3.2 IP. Sounds like a whirlwind route to the bigs, doesn’t it? Those numbers would look good even before you knew that it was the first time he’d put together back-to-back healthy seasons since starting his pro career. Mullee is one of the feel-good stories of the early 2016 season. He started his baseball life as an infielder but was moved to the mound because of his impressive arm. However, that arm has been both a blessing and a concern, as he’s undergone three operations on it since 2011, including Tommy John surgery and then, after breaking the arm five innings into his return in 2012 (details are too gruesome to reprint here), he underwent two more surgeries to repair the damage. He didn’t pitch at all in either 2011 or 2013. Most mortals would have hung it up and gone on to the next stage of life. Mullee, not even a non-roster invitee to the Yankees’ camp this past spring, made it to the majors after his torrid start to the 2016 season, moving from Trenton to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to the Yankees’ bullpen. And frankly if you can’t root for someone like that (even if you’re not a Yankees fan), well, you’re just cold-hearted.