After having Tommy John surgery the future of this prospect was unclear, which is what made the deal of Claussen and Charlie Manning for Aaron Boone an incredible deal for the Yankees.
Claussen was traded to the Reds yesterday as part of the deal for Aaron Boone. Claussen is generally regarded as the best pitching prospect the Yankees have, and that is a strong statement to make. Claussen has pitched a little for the Yankees this year, he had one start in June, 6 2/23IP, 8H, 1ER, 1BB, and 5Ks, getting the win against the Mets. There is no doubt that the Reds have him in their immediate rotation future. Don't be surprised to see him in the red (not blue) pinstripes before the end of the month, especially if pitchers like Paul Wilson continue to struggle.