The Yankees have added a bit to their minor league depth by signing an outfielder Michael Hermosillo and right-handed Demarcus Evans minor league trades by MLB trade log for each player ( here and here ).
Hermosillo, 28 next month, spent the last two seasons with the Cubs. He hit just .115/.250/.148 in 2022 with no home runs in 73 games and 31 games. Triple-A level, .324/.400/.559 in 40 plate appearances. While that kind of sample size is too small to draw any definitive conclusions, he hit .306/.446/.592 in 186 plate appearances at that level a year ago, so he can certainly hit at the highest level of the minors.
Originally drafted by the Angels in the 28th round in 2013, Hermosillo came up through their system and made his big league debut in 2018. Despite putting up some promising numbers in the minors, Hermosillo never hit enough in the big leagues to stick, he pitched. .188/.287/.288 line over 118 plate appearances over three years with the Angels. Combined with his Cubs work, that makes for a career .167/.268/.283 line with four home runs over 229 plate appearances.
Defensively, Hermosillo spent most of his time in center field, but also spent some time on the left. Overall, he has an above-average 3 Outs in 312 2/3 career innings in center, 1 OAA in 115 innings in left, and 1 OAA in 126 innings in right. So even if the bat doesn’t make an appearance in the big leagues, the Yankees have a solid glove that can cover any injuries.
Evans, 26, did not play in the big leagues last year but has appeared for the Rangers the previous two seasons. Originally drafted in the 25th round in 2015, Evans came up through the Rangers’ system, flashing big hits, averaging 13.5 SO/9 over his minor league career. He got a brief cup of coffee in the big leagues in 2020, pitching four innings to a 2.25 ERA. A longer stretch was expected in 2021, but the results didn’t come as Evans was tagged with a 5.13 ERA over 26 1/3 innings. Despite hitting at an above-average 27.5% clip, walks were a problem for Evans as he handed out free passes at a 13.3% rate.
In Triple-A this year, Evans threw 33 innings with a 3.82 ERA ball. The same issues that plagued his big league tenure were evident in the upper minors, as Evans offset a strong strikeout rate (30.1%) with a poor walk rate (15.1%). His fastball sits in the low 90s and he mixes in a cutter and curveball. He’ll give the Yankees some minor league bullpen depth at worst, and some upside there if they can fix his walk issues.