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Former IU pitcher Scott Effross headed to Yankees after breakout season with Cubs

Former IU sidearmer Scott Effross has gone from candy stripes to pinstripes.

The New York Yankees acquired the right-handed reliever from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for a minor leaguer on Monday.

The 28 year-old Effross was in the middle of a breakout rookie season with the Cubs. In 44 innings the Twinsburg, Ohio product has a 2.66 ERA and has struck out 50 batters and walked just 11.

“He’s actually been someone that has been on our radar for several months,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters Monday. “I’ve heard his name a lot. I know our guys have liked him a lot and obviously he’s had a really good season this year for the Cubs.”

Effross elected to forego his senior season at IU and sign with the Chicago Cubs organization in 2015 after being selected in the 15th round (443rd overall) of the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

He finished his career fourth all-time at IU with 81 pitching appearances, tied for fifth with 12 saves and seventh with a 2.27 ERA.

In Big Ten games, Effross finished fifth all-time at IU with six saves, seventh with a 2.76 ERA and tied for eighth with 31 pitching appearances.  He owns single-season record at IU with 32 showings in 2014.

Effross broke through at the MLB level in 2021 with the Cubs, when he threw 14.2 innings in 14 appearances.

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