TAMPA — Bullard's Nick Rumbelow didn't have much time to get familiar with his surroundings in Charleston, SC this spring.
And, he probably isn't complaining about that too much.
That's because after a perfect start in Rumbelow's first season of South Atlantic League baseball, the New York Yankee farm hand was quickly promoted to the Tampa Yankees, the parent club's advanced Class A team that plays in the Florida State League.
As a Riverdog, Charleston's quirky mascot, Rumbelow worked in eight games, tossed nine scoreless frames and gave up just four hits.
He chalked up five saves in an equal number of tries as the team's primary closer during that time frame.
Rumbelow whiffed 10 and issued just one free pass.
A former standout at Bullard High School, Rumbelow is in just his second season of professional baseball, after a nice career at LSU.
Last year at Staten Island (Low A), Rumbelow went 2-2 with seven saves in 23 innings of work.
He struck out 20 and walked only five while ending the year with an ERA of 2.35. He held foes to a paltry .148 batting average a year ago.
Rumbelow is 23 years old and will turn 24 in early June.
He is ranked among the New York Yankees' top 40 prospects.