In a move that surprised me a bit, the Yankees added the following players to the 40-man roster today:
Pitchers: Hector Noesi, Ivan Nova, Romulo Sanchez Hitters: Reegie Corona, Eduardo Nunez, Kevin Russo, Austin Jackson.
There is a bit of surprise here. I expected Hector Noesi to be far enough down in the minor leagues to hide on the Triple-A roster this winter. Noesi finished the season by pitching 40 innings in Tampa, his highest level ever. Noesi has been around since 2004, but injuries and a performance-enhancing drug suspension slowed him down. I don’t know much about his stuff, but he’s notable for a mind-blowingly good K/BB ratio (118/15 in 117 innings in 2009, 55/10 in 48 innings in 2008) . However, Noesi is also about to turn 23. I’ll keep anyone with a 0.9 BB/9 any day of the week. 0.9!
I honestly didn’t expect Reegie Corona to survive the Rule V draft, but the Yankees seem to value him as a depth middle infielder. He’s a better hitter than Ramiro Pena, but a much worse fielder. Corona had a pretty good year at Double-A, but had to be sent down after his Triple-A promotion after hitting terribly.
I believe that Romulo Sanchez is very overrated. Brian Bruney may be gone, so they need to meet their quota of big, fat guys with no control.
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