August 18, 2007

Winnebago reaches big leagues

Yankees rookie turning heads

21-year-old Chamberlain making name for himself in New York bullpenChamberlain went 9-2 with a 2.45 ERA at three minor league stops this year, striking out 135 batters in 88 1-3 innings and holding batters to a .198 average.

He began the 2007 season at single-A Tampa before working his way to triple-A, where he was converted into a reliever. The bullpen is only a temporary stop. He’s eventually slated to anchor New York’s rotation with rookie Phil Hughes.
Chamberlain's background:Chamberlain, a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, didn’t start pitching until he was a senior in high school. He started his college career at Division II Nebraska-Kearney.

His father talked up his son to Cornhuskers coach Mike Anderson when he worked at Nebraska baseball games. Chamberlain transferred after his freshman year, and Anderson realized he had something special.

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