Yanks acquire Yurendell DeCaster

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In their neverending pursuit of talent, the Yankees have purchased third baseman Yurendell DeCaster from the Fargo-Morehead Red Hawks of the independent Northern League. The amount they paid for him isn’t known, but they’ve assigned him to Triple-A Scranton, who currently lacks an everyday third basemen since Justin Leone is out with a hamstring issue. If you’re like me and the name sounds familiar but you can’t remember where you heard it, it’s probably because he played for the Netherlands in the latest installment of the World Baseball Classic.

DeCaster was the best player in the Northern League this year, leading the league in hits (54), doubles (14), homeruns (13), RBI (43) and SLG (.682). He also hit for average (.344) and drew his fair share of walks (.401 OBP). Red Hawks manager Doug Simunic said DeCaster was the best player to come through the league in a long time. He spent 2008 in the Nationals system, hitting .262-.344-.445 in 104 games, mostly in Triple-A. Still just 29 years old, DeCaster made a cameo with the Pirates in 2006 for his only big league action, fashioning a shiny -100 OPS by striking out in his only two plate appearances.

With experience all over the field, including time at first, second, third, and the corner outfield spots, perhaps DeCaster carves out a nice career as a bench player/right-handed hitting half of a platoon. Mo knows the Yankees could use a guy like that right now. Obviously you don’t expect the guy to continue hitting like he had at the Triple-A level, but you never know. Maybe he’s just a late bloomer, Nelson Cruz style.

Having landed Edwar Ramirez, Scott Patterson and several others out of the independent leagues in recent years, it’s nice to see the team continue to look for talent in non-traditional sources.

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  • radnom

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://phabfour.blogspot.com/ Double-J

    Cool beans! A little depth can’t hurt.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Let’s add him to the 40 man immediately. He can start at 3B and we can return ARod to the supersub utility role he should be in.

    • http://statspeak.net dan

      or trade him for mark derosa. it’s all about flexibility.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I like Brandon Inge.

        /Francesa’d

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    I like the fact that the linked article mentions that DeCaster will be “trading in his RedHawks pinstripes for Yankees pinstripes” and the picture right above it has him NOT wearing a pinstriped jersey top.

    Thank the good Mo that the Yankees don’t have any alternate jerseys.

  • Hobbes

    How does a -.100 OPS arise? As I calculate it, his on base percentage is .000 and his slugging is .000, so wouldn’t OPS be .000?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      That’s a typo. He didn’t have a -.100 OPS, he had a -100 OPS+.

      • http://statspeak.net dan

        Only A-Rod could have a negative OPS

  • Manimal

    Cervelli had a -100 OPS+ in 2008. Heh, bust.

  • Mister Delaware

    FACT: Since 2007, the Yankees have not made the playoffs when a member of the Netherlands WBC team has been on their major league roster. Do not call DeCaster up, Cash!!!!!!!

  • Chip

    I’m from Fargo and have been watching this guy. He’s got some really good pop and is about average out at short. Should be a solid utility guy

  • AlexNYC

    I believe I saw this dude play in the WBC for the Netherlands. Just dont remember what position he was playing.

  • Jasonyanks

    I’v watched him play for the redhawks and he is defintily a promising player because of his ability to play where needed and his clutch performances.