With the Nova injury and now Pineda’s suspension, the Yankees have been doing lots of roster shuffling lately. We highlighted Scranton’s (Triple-A) Chase Whitley a week ago as an option for the big club, when we also talked about Big Al Aceves as a possible call-up.

On the heels of another solid performance, we thought it was appropriate to give Whitley his own solo post. Here’s an excerpt what we wrote about him in March — as part of our minor leaguers to watch in 2014:

We’d put Chase Whitley in the Preston Claiborne camp — basically a kid who had a successful under-the-radar minor league career, which culminated in a solid 2013 campaign at Triple-A: 67.2 IP, 8.2 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 3.06 ERA, 3.05 FIP.

What makes Whitley more interesting is that he was transitioned to a starting pitcher for the last month of the minor league season, and performed well in that role. So, he could give Girardi some flexibility as a multiple-inning reliever.

On April 23rd, the 24-year old RHP threw 5 scoreless innings with 7 K and 2 BB, allowing only 2 hits. In 14.2 IP this season, he has a 2.45 ERA / 2.28 FIP with a K/9 of 10.43 and a BB/9 of 3.68 BB/9.

This is his third year at Triple-A (162 IP), and he’s done nothing but perform. He’s not on the 40-man roster, so we’re sure that’s a factor in why he hasn’t been called up already (because the Yankees would have to DFA someone). However, his numbers show that he deserves a chance, regardless of his 40-man status.