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DePaula Starting To Break Through

TAMPA, FL -- Rafael DePaula is one of the better international pitching prospects for the Yankees, and was a rising star in Charleston last season. So far with the Tampa Yankees, however, DePaula is just managing to hit the upswing to a sophomore slump after a slower start to begin the 2014 campaign.

“Obviously last year in Charleston he was lights out, from the time started until he got to Tampa. But it is growing pains,” Tampa pitching coach Danny Borrell said. “You know, it is typical for a power guy that gets in grooves, is really good, and then he struggles a bit.” Struggle he did. He posted a 6.06 ERA in Tampa last season after his promotion from low-A Charleston. And while he...

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