ARLINGTON, Texas – The kid from small town Dillsburg, Pa. and who donned the Black & Gold at VCU is getting his shot with baseball's most historic franchise.

Former Ram baseball standout, Cody Eppley, was claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees late Thursday and will be a part of the Bronx Bombers 40-man roster. He'll start the 2012 campaign at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

"I'm really excited about the opportunity that has been presented to me," Eppley said. "I have a lot of great friends with the Rangers, but this is a whole new, exciting chance for me to prove myself in another organization. I'm really looking forward to it."

Eppley, 26, will join the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on Friday night in Lehigh Valley, not far from his hometown in Central Pennsylvania.

The former Ram was a 43rd-round pick by the Rangers in 2008. He was the Rangers' Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Year in 2010 when he went 5-2 with a 2.08 ERA and 16 saves.

"He gets right-handers out and that's something that any team has interest in adding," Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said. "We're really looking forward to seeing what he can do for us."

He was 1-1 with an 8.00 ERA in 10 games for the Rangers last season, spending the rest of the year with Triple-A Round Rock. He was 4-2 with a 3.90 ERA and 10 saves in 42 games for Round Rock.

His Triple-A ERA was 0.89 as late as June 18 and he was named a Pacific Coast League All-Star.