The Yankees lately agreed to a minor league take care of reliever Joey Gerber, in keeping with his transactions log at MLB.com. He’s been assigned to the group’s advanced in Florida, the place he’ll presumably construct into recreation form earlier than heading to an higher degree affiliate.
Gerber, 25, was launched by the Mariners in late June. The 6’4″ righty had handled a forearm pressure for many of the first few months of the 12 months, tossing a lone inning of advanced ball with Seattle this season. That got here on the heels of a 2021 marketing campaign spent completely on the minor league injured checklist, derailing Gerber’s makes an attempt to carve out a job within the Mariners bullpen.
A former eighth-round draft alternative, Gerber has 17 MLB appearances underneath his belt — all of which got here with the Mariners throughout the abbreviated 2020 season. He tallied 15 2/3 innings of 4.02 ERA ball, averaging a good 93.5 MPH on his fastball however solely hanging out 9.7% of batters confronted. He’s missed bats at a significantly better fee within the minors, together with a sturdy 31.3% strikeout fee in 22 2/3 frames at Double-A to shut out the 2019 marketing campaign. Baseball America had rated Gerber among the many mid-tier prospects within the Seattle farm system earlier than his current spate of accidents, writing that his sinker-slider mixture gave him an opportunity to be a high-leverage reliever.
It’s a no-risk cube roll for the Yankees to see if Gerber’s pre-injury kind carries over after a misplaced season and a half. The Illinois product remains to be younger sufficient to probably carve out a center innings position within the Bronx if he’s capable of log some higher minors work over the subsequent two months.