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Yankees Sign 3 Players to MiLB Deals

Just prior to the start of the 2018 minor league season, the Yankees have made a few signings to plug some holes in their minor league rosters.  The Yankees have signed infielder Nathaniel Coronado, outfielder Matt McPhearson and third baseman Bruce Caldwell to minor league contracts.

Caldwell, 26, was a 15th round draft back out of Spartanburg Methodist College by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012.  Since then he has played 542 games in the Cardinals organization, reaching as high as Triple-A Memphis.  St. Louis recently released him just before camp ended and the Yankees jumped at the chance to sign him.  Throughout his career, he has a 2.56/.341/.410 hitting line, last season he spent most of his season at third and second base but did have a handful of games at first base.  He has also played shortstop and outfield a few times in his career.

Matt McPhearson #3 of the AZL Diamondbacks during a game against the AZL Padres at the Peoria Sports Complex on July 7, 2014 in Peoria, Arizona. AZL Padres defeated the AZL Diamondbacks, 9-4. (Larry Goren/Four Seam Images via AP Images)

McPhearson, 22, was recently released from the Arizona Diamondbacks an organization he has been with since he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 draft.  The Baltimore-native is coming off one of the best years of his career where he hit .278/.333/.340 in 111 games for the Visalia Rawhide of the California League.   In 285 career minor league games he has hit .256/.335/.296, splitting his time between centerfield and leftfield.

Coronado, 25, was initially signed a minor league free agent by the Colorado Rockies in January 2017.  He played only one season in the minors, appearing in 5 games for the Grand Junction Rockies, where he hit .450/.522/1.000 in 20 at-bats. Before his time with the Rockies, he played for the Camden Riversharks of the Independent Atlantic League in 2015 and the Sullivan Explorers of the Empire Pro League in 2016.    After being released in July, he returned to the Atlantic League with the Lancaster Barnstormers where he hit .333/.373/.502 in 50 games and had 13 doubles, two triples and six home runs over 207 at-bats.