As of now, Gary Sanchez continues to be the Yankees starting off catcher, with Kyle Higashioka the backup.
The team’s depth at the place over and above those people two is murky following trading Donny Sands to Philadelphia final thirty day period to open up a spot on the 40-male roster. Prospect Josh Breaux was unprotected and could be taken in the Rule five draft, if — as predicted — it is rescheduled pursuing the finish of the lockout. The 24-calendar year-outdated former next-round pick hit effectively at Double-A Somerset and Significant-A Hudson Valley final time.
The Yankees tackled the probable deficiency of depth to a diploma by bringing again Rob Brantly on a minor league offer this thirty day period following the lefty-swinging veteran split time amongst The Bronx and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2021.
And they additional some more depth by signing two more catchers to minor league promotions, with David Freitas coming around following investing the latter component of final time with Tampa Bay’s Triple-A affiliate following a stint earlier in the calendar year in Korea.
The 32-calendar year-outdated Freitas final appeared in the majors in 2019 with the Brewers and has by no means performed more than 36 games in a time.
They also signed Rodolfo Duran to a minor league offer. The light-hitting Duran, 23, signed with the Phillies as an global no cost agent in 2014 and completed final time with their Triple-A affiliate. He’s revealed some energy and has a superior arm behind the plate and could start out the time with Double-A Somerset.
The Yankees also brought in a probable bullpen arm, signing ideal-hander Jimmy Cordero to a minor league contract. The 30-calendar year-outdated is coming off Tommy John surgical treatment final March. He pitched effectively with the Blue Jays and White Sox in 2019 before a tough 2020 in Chicago led to elbow surgical treatment prior to final time. Prior to the harm, Cordero experienced a fastball in the higher 90s.