Yankees sign righthander Erik Olivo

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Via the Dominican Prospect League’s Twitter feed, the Yankees have signed 19-year-old righthander Erik Olivo for $300,000. He apparently works at 90-94 mph with his fastball and checks in at 6-foot-3 and 185 lbs, meaning there’s plenty of room for growth. In 11 relief appearances for Tainos Del Norte of the DPL, Olivo’s struck out 23 and allowed just ten hits in 22 IP. The bad news? How about 18 walks. So he’s got some stuff to work on. They all do.

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  • Tom Zig

    Does he project to be a reliever or a starter? Or too soon to tell?

  • nathan

    Is he strictly a relief prospect

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Mayor of the Draft

    Scouting report: He’s like a cross between Erik Bedard and Miguel Olivo. But more Dominican.

    • Tom Zig

      He spells his name with a K. That means trouble

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Mayor of the Draft

        More strikeouts. It’s science.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        So does Erik Estrada.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Mayor of the Draft

          And Erik Erikson.

          I hate to say it, since my name doesn’t have a K in it, but clearly the name “Erik” is the pinnacle of absolute badassery. Erikson was the smooth ladies-man pimp/swashbuckling rebel-thug of the psychoanalysts, I’ve been told.

          • Thomas

            Oddly enough there was a professional baseball player named Eric Erickson. He led the AL in K/9 in 1919 with a whopping 5.52.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.....aseball%29

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Mayor of the Draft

              He was probably so good because he mastered the Intimacy v. Isolation stage faster than everyone else.

              /obscurepsychologyjoke’d

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

              Go look at who the Yanks drafted in the 43rd round of the 2006 draft.

              Your mind: blown.

              • Thomas

                http://i50.photobucket.com/alb.....nners4.jpg (safe)

                Seriously though, they could have taken Danny Herrera or even Strasburg (if my math is correct).

                • Thomas

                  /mryankee’d

              • tc

                Eric Erickson!

                • scott martineau

                  I am not beeing facetious when I tell you that despite not being able to hit 85 on a gun two TJ surgeries after when the Yanks first took Eric Erickson outta HS he is now the most consistent Friday Night Starter in the ACC despite having an Anemic offense behind him all year. Most think he knows pitching so well he should immediately go into coaching, but I am telling you that he sets hitters up better than Jamie Moyer AT HIS BEST and despite getting him for pennies on the dollar he will make it to Yankee stadium within 4 years. MARK MY WORDS.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Mayor of the Draft
    • nathan

      hopefully with M Olivo’s medical history and E Beddard’s arm and not other way inheritance

    • Thomas

      That’s excellent, since they traded away Erik Bedard Jr. over a year ago.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Yes, just like Miguel Olivio, he has 18 walks.

      Of course his came in 22 innings, Olivio’s have come in his career.

    • Ted Nelson

      That’s a great one!

  • A.D.

    Nothing wrong with raw talent.

  • First Time Poster

    So much for the budget…

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Mayor of the Draft

      Don’t worry, we’re paying him in chicken.

      Sincerely,
      U.S. Senatorial candidate Sue Lowden (R-NV)

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      It’s a different budget.

    • Ted Nelson

      Is that sarcastic? Besides it being a different budget, $300,000 is really a big blow to the Yankees… A-Rod only makes 100 times that in one season.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    So he’s got some stuff to work on. They all do.

    You’re disdain is loud and clear, Axisa.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Mayor of the Draft

      Erik Olsen’s To Do List of Stuff to Work On:
      1.) Maintain load through delivery and avoid overpronation
      2.) Be less Dominican
      3.) Find a stable permanent landing spot for consistent mechanics

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

        4.)Change your last name to a more “friendly” name like “Olsen”.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Mayor of the Draft

          Oh, that’s a given. I didn’t even state it, didn’t think I needed to.

      • Thomas

        How do you be less Dominican?

        You try and work hard to . . . try and work hard. Thus, as long as you try hard to be less Dominican, even if you fail at it, you have succeeded. It is all or nothing. However, as a Dominican, Olivo is lazy and thus won’t work hard, meaning he will never be less Dominican. For him to work hard, it would require him to already be non-Dominican, which he isn’t.

        It is a Catch-22.

  • o

    scouting reports say hes a 2-3 starter ceiling,,, 300k, not bad.