According to a report by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the New York Yankees have signed outfielder Zack Granite to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 22, 2019
Granite, 27, elected free agency after the Texas Rangers outrighted him off the 40-man roster on October 31. The Staten Island, NY-native was a two-time MiLB.com organizational all-star while he was with the Minnesota Twins. He was also 2016 Twins minor league player of the year.
The young left-handed hitting outfielder owns a .284/.344/.363 slash line over 600 career minor league games over seven seasons. He also has 40 major league games under his belt, all coming in 2017 with the Twins where he hit .237/.321/.290 over 93 at-bats.
Granite was initially drafted by the Twins in the 14th round of the 2013 draft out of Seton Hall. He played his High School ball at Tottenville High School.
Granite will be given a chance to earn a spot on the Yankees opening day roster. With Aaron Hicks out for a protracted period due to undergoing Tommy John surgery, he will have a good chance to play in Pinstripes.