May
20

Yankees sign Jeff Natale

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Via Pete Cava, the Yankees have signed utility player Jeff Natale to a minor league deal, and will soon assign him to Triple-A Scranton. The 27-year-old spent five years in Boston’s farm system, where he put up a rather beastly .298-.432-.446 batting line with far more walks (281) than strikeouts (168) in 416 career games. He’s spent the majority of his career at second base, but he’s also seen time at first, short, and in the outfield over the years.

All of the injuries have a trickle down effect, thinning out Scranton’s roster as well, so Natale is a nice depth signing. If you can make contact and get on base 40% of the time, you’ll always have a chance.

Categories : Asides, Minors, Transactions

17 Comments»

  1. Cam says:

    Any reason he hasn’t stuck in the bigs?

  2. A.D. says:

    Kinda odd he’s never even gotten a shot at the majors no? Though I guess wasn’t going to unseat Pedroia.

  3. Steve H says:

    He destroyed at the lower levels, but in 800+ AB’s in AA and AAA he still was over .400 obp. Along with that, and the ability to play several positions, it’s strange he hasn’t gotten a chance somewhere.

    • Ron Larrivee says:

      This guy’s a terrific hitter and, although he was not going to unseat Pedroia, he would have been a very solid contributor on offense; and a versatile infielder to have on the bench. Red Sox missed on Jeff, too bad! Don’t be surprised to see him playing for the Yankees off the bench, or called up if someone gets hurt!!

  4. Mister Delaware says:

    I remember him from passing through Wilmington. One of those guys who you could see for a week then be shocked at his numbers. Probably hurt that he was passing through the system at the same time as Lowrie.

    • Mister Delaware says:

      (Man, do I hate not being able to edit. Who uses “passing through” twice in 3 sentences? Me without self-editing, that’s who.)

  5. Chris0313 says:

    This guy makes Chuck Knoblauch look like Roberto Alomar at second base. He can hit though.

  6. Tank the Frank says:

    If he can hit stick him in the OF and let’s see what happens.

    /lightning in a bottle’d

  7. Ed Modeen says:

    I am curious, if the Yankees got a guy like this, why is he being used for minor league depth? Winn has had his chance and is a joke. Give this guys 40% OBP a shot. Isn’t that why the Yankees paid NJ 6 million? It can’t hurt to put him in place of Winn.

  8. Jim says:

    Anyone actually see him play the infield or post his error numbers? Let’s see those numbers or him play the field then you can say he sucks at fielding. Until then, just be happy cashman signed a quality player unlike NJ and winn.

  9. The book on Natale is that he has very, very questionable defense and little power. Pretty good hit tool and fantastic on-base skills. The numbers bear this out.

    Basically NJ with some defensive ability (but not enough for a non-corner position, without enough hitting for a corner) and less power.

  10. sleepykarl says:

    Seems like a what I was afraid Russo would become due to a lack of a chance at the MLB level(can play a ton of positions but lacks range and is a decent hitter, but lacks power).

  11. Ron Larrivee says:

    The only Yankee I’ll probably every root for – with the exception of Jeter, I guess! Gotta like Derek.

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