From the Yankees Alternate Training Site, LHP Luis Avilan was sent to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. LHP Luis Avilan has been invited to spring training by the New York Yankees. LHP The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders reassigned Luis Avilan. The New York Yankees agreed to terms with free agency LHP Luis Avilan on a minor league deal.
Avilan turned in a solid season from his rookie campaign last year, going 4-3 with a 3.86 ERA in 81 innings pitched across eight starts and two relief appearances. The 25-year-old native of Havana played parts of three seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays after being selected by the team in the second round of the 2010 MLB Draft. In 51 total games over that span, he went 9-4 with a 3.12 ERA. He's also made four postseason appearances, posting a 1-1 record and a 3.06 ERA.
The Yankees signed Avilan to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league camp earlier this month. They have five other left-handed pitchers in camp, including Ivan Nova, David Phelps, Adam Warren, Bryan Mitchell and Chris Leroux. It's possible that one of them could replace Avilan if he makes the club out of camp.
Avilan is expected to be given a chance to win a job in the Yankees' bullpen this spring.
RHP. Danny Farquhar, a right-handed pitcher from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, was assigned to the Yankees Extended Spring Training. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders reassigned Danny Farquhar. Danny Farquhar, a free agency RHP, was signed to a minor league deal by the New York Yankees and invited to spring training.
He attended The University of Florida and played for the Gators from 2000 to 2004. In 40 games (39 starts), he finished with a 26-13 record, a 2.96 ERA (138 ER/452 IP) and four complete games. He led the SEC in wins twice and was second three other times. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2005 after his junior season but chose not to play professionally until 2007 when he made his debut with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Class A Short Season New York-Penn League. After one game, he was sent back down to Class A and spent all of 2008 there too. In 2009, he started the season with Bridgeport before being promoted to Trenton where he finished the season. He returned to Trenton in 2010 and 2011 before being called up to the Yankees in August of both years.
In 2012, he went 4-1 with a 3.12 ERA (30 ER/85.2 IP) in 49 games (48 starts). He ended up winning the AL Rookie of the Year Award that year.
AWAY FROM Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Rosell Herrera has been assigned to the Yankees' Alternate Training Facility. Rosell Herrera was assigned to the RailRiders of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The New York Yankees signed free agent outfielder Rosell Herrera to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training. The 29-year-old Herrera played in 81 games last year for the RailRiders, batting.275 with 20 RBI's and 10 stolen bases.
Herrera debuted with the Yankees in 2011 and appeared in 80 games that season, hitting.272 with six home runs and 34 RBI's. He spent most of 2012 with Triple-A Columbus, where he hit.303 with 11 HR's and 69 RBI's in 111 games. Prior to joining the RailRiders, Herrera played two seasons (2009-10) with the Cleveland Indians after being acquired from the San Diego Padres in exchange for Josh Bard. In 109 games with San Diego, he batted.284 with 12 HR's and 49 RBI's.
The Bronx Bombers open their regular season on April 3 against the Baltimore Orioles at 1:00 p.m. At press time, Herrera was still waiting for his official assignment. However, it is likely that he will be given a spot on Michael Kay's roster and serve as the team's leadoff hitter.
Rosell Herrera comes from Spanish baseball culture, which means "rose apple" in English.