Today the New York Yankees purchased the contract of outfielder Teodoro Martinez from the independent Rockford Aviators according to Tampa Yankees broadcaster Nick Flammia. Martinez, 23, was originally signed by the Texas Rangers in 2008 as an international free agent and spent six seasons in their farm system reaching as high as Double-A.
Teodoro was signed by the Rockford Aviators on April 6 of this year. In 12 Frontier League games this season he was 13-for-47, food for a .277 batting average with 3 doubles, a homerun, and 6 RBIs.
During his time with the Texas Rangers Martinez made three All-Star teams, the last came in 2013 when he was with the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders. He was also a mid-season All-Star in the Dominican Summer league in 2009 and named to the Arizona League post season All-Star roster in 2010. The accolades did not stop there as we was also named the #19th best prospect in the Arizona League by Baseball America in 2010.
The Yankees have assigned him to the Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League. New York came into this season with a plethora of outfield talent at the upper levels but due to injuries to Jacoby Ellsbury and Slade Heathcott they needed to add some fresh talent that can fill in at the upper levels in case of another injury.