Saturday, December 26, 2015


Just a quick note about some Yankee minor league signings that you probably didn't even know about because with all the Christmas cheer and stuff... it wasn't bigger news.  Well, check it out...

The Yankees signed 5 players to minor league deals.  Baseball America has the info HERE, but this is who we got:

  • Vinnie Pestano- Right handed pitcher.  It is said that Pestano has alot to offer to the Yankees and considers Vinnie a dark horse for the Yankee pen:
"Pestano has played in parts of six major league seasons with the Indians and Angels. The 30-year-old, however, made just big league 19 appearances with Los Angeles last season.  Pestano will likely get a chance to crack the Yankees' big-league bullpen in spring training."

  • Richard Bleier- Lefty pitcher. Good signing in my opinion... gotta have the lefty.  According to CBS Sports: "Bleier split time between Double-A and Triple-A last season, working to a combined 2.57 ERA at the two levels. The 28-year-old has never appeared in the majors and will likely just serve as organizational depth."
  • Juan Silva- Outfielder. Another decent signing for minor league depth.  He came from the Reds organization.  Here is what had to say about him: "Silva, 24, was the Reds' eighth-round pick in 2009 and spent seven years in their organization. He split 2015 between Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville, hitting .212 with two homers, 17 RBI and eight steals in 98 combined games."
  • Sebastian Valle- Catcher. Valle came up through the Phillies and Pirates organization. writes of Valle: "In Valle, the Yankees now have a 25-year old catcher who was ranked as a top-10 prospect in the Philadelphia Phillies system for three straight seasons (2012-14). Although the Mexican product has been playing professionally since he was 16, Valle has seen a big drop in production once he was called up to Triple-A. In two seasons, he slashed .220/.237/.380 with 64 strikeouts as opposed to just eight walks. However, Valle seemed rejuvenated as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates Double-A affiliate in 2015. In 70 games, he hit .279 with a .754 OPS, while adding four home runs, 26 runs batted in and 21 doubles. While Valle doesn’t appear to be more than minor league depth, he will provide the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders with a potential starting catcher." 
Good stuff.  Enjoy your Saturday.  I know, I know... Returns right?

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