Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Meet A Prospect: Russ Canzler

With the Yankees signing Russ Canzler to a deal for the second straight offseason now seemed like a good as a time as any to meet one of the many guys vying for a spot in the infield and on the bench this season, Mr. Russ Canzler.

Russell Michael Canzler was born on April 11th, 1986 in Berwick, PA where he went to High School at Hazelton High School in Hazelton, PA. Coming in at 6'2" and 220 lbs Russ made an immediate impression with his coaches while on the Hazelton High baseball team. He made enough of an impression on the Major League scouts as well because the Chicago Cubs drafted him straight out of High School in the 30th round in the 2004 MLB First Year Players Draft.

Russ would stay in the Chicago Cubs minor league system from the 2004 season all the way up to the 2010 season before leaving for the Tampa Bay Rays via free agency before the 2011 season. He was named International League MVP in 2011 for the Rays after hitting .314/.401/.530 with 18 home runs and 83 RBIs in 131 games played. Canzler was called up to the majors on a day he, or anybody else, will ever forget on September 11th, 2011. Russ would stay with the Rays until he was traded to the Cleveland Indians before the 2012 season for cash considerations. He would spend the 2012 season in the Indians minor league system before being designated for assignment to make room for the Mark Reynolds. The Toronto Blue Jays claimed him off waivers only to put Russ back on waivers a mere twelve days later. The Indians would reacquire Canzler from the Toronto Blue Jays off waivers only to designate him for assignment again to make room for  Nick Swisher. That led the Yankees to sign Canzler only to, like so many others, designate him for assignment. Long, less confusing, story short is that Canzler bounced around a ton in 2012.

 The Yankees scooped up Canzler again for the 2014 season as he looks to battle everyone and their mothers for spots on the infield and on the Yankees bench. Good luck to Russ as I am a big time fan and advocate for the guy and wish him nothing but luck and success both on and off the field. Welcome to the family Russ. 

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