Yankees call on rising pitching prospect Luis Gil with Gerrit Cole out

One of the Yankees’ top pitching prospects is getting his shot to start.

Right-hander Luis Gil, the Yankees’ No. 6 prospect per MLB.com, will be called up to start Tuesday against the Orioles in The Bronx, the team announced. Gerrit Cole was originally scheduled to start but tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.

Manager Aaron Boone said Monday night that Nestor Cortes Jr. would likely start in Cole’s place, but the Yankees instead are going with Gil. Tuesday will be his first taste of the MLB.

The 23-year-old Dominican Republic native, who hadn’t pitched above High-A before this year, began the season with Double-A Somerset and recorded a 2.64 ERA across seven starts.

By the middle of June, he was promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he had a 5.64 ERA through eight starts — which included throwing the first six innings of a no-hitter on July 21.

Gil’s most recent start for the RailRiders last Tuesday was the worst of his season (at either level), as he gave up six runs on two hits, four walks and two hit batters in 1 ⅓ innings while throwing 54 pitches.

He was scheduled to start again Sunday for the RailRiders but the game was rained out before an off day Monday.

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