Sunday, February 3, 2013
Yankees Sign Four Minor League Contracts
The Yankees have announced four roster filling minor league signings.
The Yankees re-signed RHP Kelvin Perez after posting a 1.14 ERA for the Trenton Thunder and Scranton Wilkes-Barre (then) Yankees in 74.1 IP. Entering his age 27 season though this looks like a make or break season for him in pinstripes and his walk ratio, 3.9 BB/9, will probably be the only thing that keeps him from at least a September call up.
The Yankees also re-signed LHP Josh Romanski after posting a 4.97 ERA in 29 IP for the Trenton Thunder last season. Entering his age 26 season Josh will look to bounce back after an injury ridden 2012 season.
The Yankees signed RHP Chris Smith out of the Independent Frontier League after pitching to a 2.92 ERA in 129.1 IP. Last season he also put up impressive strikeout numbers with 116 K's and only 50 walks as he enters his age 24 season. He will not blow many guys away with a high 80 MPH fastball but he misses a lot of bats and sometimes that is enough.
The Yankees signed SS Leugim Barrosco out of the North American League out of the Independent League after putting up a .317/.345/.364 in 91 games last season. This Cuban born short stop will be entering his age 27 season and will look to improve on his 14 stolen bases he put up last season.
I do not see any of these four guys playing a major part for any of their minor league teams or the big league club but you never know until you throw them out there. Nothing wrong with a good depth signing.