The New York Yankees have added six prospects to their 40-man roster. First reported earlier today by Antonio Puesan, Pinstriped Prospects has been able to confirm that the New York Yankees have added third baseman Miguel Andujar and shortstop Jorge Mateo to their 40-man roster. This move comes as no surprise as these are two of their top prospects.
Also, Mark Feinsand has reported that outfielder Dustin Ackley has been placed on release waivers. That move opened up the extra spot allowing the Yankees to protect two more prospects.
Andujar, 21, split the 2016 season between the Tampa Yankees and the Trenton Thunder. Between the two levels, he hit .273/.332/.410 with 12 home runs and 83 RBIs. This off-season he played in the Arizona Fall League for the Scottsdale Scorpions where he hit .284 in 19 games.
Mateo, 21, spent all of the 2016 season with the Tampa Yankees where he hit .254/.306/.379 in 113 games. He was suspended by the team for a week in July.
Update: At 8:11 pm the New York Yankees announced the addition of Mateo and Andujar to the 40-man roster as well as the additions of left-handed pitcher Dietrich Enns, right-handed pitchers Giovanny Gallegos, Ronald Herrera and Yefrey Ramirez.
To make room, several moves were made. Right-handed pitcher Branden Pinder was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton. Right handlers Nathan Eovaldi and Nick Rumbelow and the recently acquired left-handed pitcher Joe Mantiply were all designated for assignment. In the final move, right-handed pitcher James Pazos was traded to the Seattle Mariners for 21-year-old right-handed pitcher Zack Littell.
Pinder, Rumbelow, and Pazos were relievers that rode the Scranton shuttle last year, going from the majors to Triple-A as needed. Eovaldi finished the year on the disabled list following Tommy John surgery and is expected to miss all of 2017.
The quartet of Enns, Gallegos, Herrera, And Ramirez all started 2016 with the AA Trenton Thunder and finished up with the AAA champion Scranton RailRiders.
Enns is a 25-year old left-handed starter that went a combined 14-4 with an ERA. Of 1.73 in 135 innings.
Gallegos, a 25-year old native of Mexico, was a combined 7-2, with an ERA Of 1.27 in 78 innings.
Herrera, a 21-year old from Venezuela, went 10-8, with a 3.94 ERA In 137 innings.
Ramirez, a 22-year old from The Dominican Republic, went 7-9 with a 2.82 E.R.A. In 124.1 innings.
According to MLB.com, Mateo is ranked as the Yankees #3 prospect, Andujar is #7, and Enns is #25.