CHARLESTON, S.C. – Two of the league’s most dominant starting pitchers that have buoyed the RiverDogs’ talented starting rotation this year are on their way to the next level. Right-hander Luis Gil and Alexander Vizcaino were each promoted to the High-A Tampa Tarpons as announced by the Yankees on Thursday.
Gil, 21, has shined among the RiverDogs' lauded rotation this year, considered one of the most talented in the minor leagues to start the season, finishing his RiverDogs tenure after 17 in starts before a promotion to Tampa. Gil left the South Atlantic League ranking third in ERA (2.39) while striking out 112 batters over 83.0 innings, a K per nine inning mark of 12.3 that was the second highest in the league at the time of his promotion. The Azua, Dominican Republic native flashed a dominant fastball that flirted with 100 mph in each start along with an improved breaking ball that led to a swing-and-miss on nearly 17 percent of his pitches, a league-best rate. The wiry hurler was named the Southern Division All-Star starter in the mid-summer classic and the league’s “Pitcher of the Week” after turning in seven shutout frames and a career-high tying 10 punchouts in a matchup with Dallas Kuechel on Major League rehab assignment on June 10 in Rome.
Vizcaino, 22, also showcased some of the most electric stuff in the SAL circuit this year, opening the season with Charleston and going 5-5, 4.41 ERA while whiffing 101 in 87 2/3 frames this season before his call up. The fellow product out of the D.R. induced a swing-and-miss rate surpassed only by Gil among qualifying arms in the league this season and was also a mid-season All-Star pick. Vizcaino flashed a fastball that touched as high as 99 mph this year, paired with an outstanding changeup, considered one of the best in the system along with a developing slider.
Gil and Vizcaino become the fourth and fifth pitchers from Charleston’s Opening Day staff to garner promotion to Tampa this year, joining fellow righties Shawn Semple, Jio Orozco and Daniel Bies.