NEW YORK (WFAN) – Right-handed pitcher David Phelps is set to make his first Major League start tonight when the Yankees take on the Royals in Kansas City.

The St. Louis native, who was moved into the rotation when Freddy Garcia was demoted to the bullpen, will make his maiden start in front of a few dozen family members and friends.

A Notre Dame alum, the 25-year-old hurler has been solid for the Bronx Bombers this season out of the bullpen. In six appearances, Phelps boasts a 3.57 ERA with seven walks and 14 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings pitched.

Phelps was drafted by the Yanks in the 14th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft and was named the Yankees’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2010. In two different Minor League stops last season, the six-foot-two, 200-pounder combined to go 7-7 with a 2.99 ERA, recording 95 strikeouts to just 27 walks.

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