Monday, June 20, 2016

ICYMI: Yankees Sign A Couple Non-Drafted Free Agents


Just a quick update here for you on this beautiful Saturday night. The New York Yankees have signed a few non-drafted free agents to add to their farm system this week. This is not uncommon for the Yankees who signed about five or six of these free agents after the draft last year if memory serves and thus far I could find information on two more the team added this season, Josh Gardiner and Woody Bryson.

Josh Gardiner is a middle infielder who has been playing for the Frontier League’s Schaumburg Boomers, an independent baseball team located in Illinois. Gardiner went to Radford University and was last seen hitting .311 in 23 games this season. There’s no word on where Gardiner will begin his professional career, although Staten Island seems like as good of a pick as any, or what he signed for.

Woody Bryson is a left-handed pitcher out of Villanova University who decided to sign with New York despite having his senior season ahead of him in college. During Bryson’s junior season the lefty made 26 appearances going 4-3 with three saves and a 3.35 ERA in 40.1 innings. Bryson boasted a 10.7 K/9 ratio in 2016 while allowing just 33 hits, just one of them being a home run, in 174 at bats.

Bryson could be a starter, a long reliever or a late inning relief pitcher in his career once all the dust settles. No one knows yet, the sky is the limit for this kid much like it is for Gardiner. The ultimate unknowns. Welcome to the family.

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