Saturday, January 9, 2016

Yankees Also Sign Jonathan Diaz and Tyler Jones

The New York Yankees are doing everything they can to bulk up their depth in the minor leagues which was never more evident than after the team signed infielder Donovan Solano and acquired Kirby Yates from the Cleveland Indians. According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America the Yankees made a couple of other moves with Triple-A insurance and Scranton/Wilkes Barre depth when they signed infielder Jonathan Diaz and RHP Tyler Jones.

Diaz is primarily a shortstop but has also played a bit in the outfield, at third base and at second base in his professional career. Diaz has spent parts of the last three seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox and has earned a reputation for having a good on-base percentage, defense and being extremely versatile. Diaz could win the last bench job out of spring training but it's likely he will be the RailRiders utility player in 2016.

Jones is a classic starter turned reliever who was twice ranked in the Minnesota Twins Top 30 Prospects list according to Baseball America. Hones has a fastball that can get up into the upper 90's in velocity with nasty cut and sink. Jones is a classic strikeout pitcher and will be 26-years old in 2016. Jones, like recently traded Rookie Davis, finally reached Double-A last season and could be a Triple-A candidate depending on how spring competitions shake out.

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