Jul
10

Yankees sign Colombian catcher Alfredo Castellon

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A week into the2010 international signing period, the Yankees finally made their first strike, signing 18-year-old Colombian catcher Alfredo Castellon Jr. He was signed after impressing at a tryout camp in Tampa at the end of June, though the terms of the deal are undisclosed. There’s no such thing as having too many young catcher, the Yanks almost showed just how valuable of a commodity they could be yesterday.

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

    ZOMG ANOTHER CATHCER?!?!?

    Clearly, there are hundreds of conclusions we can jump to based on this event. Let’s jump to all of them, shall we?

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Romine, Montero, and JR Murphy for Felix Hernandez!

      That’s the only thing I could think of.

    • ROBTEN

      Given the number of former catchers who went on to become managers, the only rational conclusion I can come to is that their stocking of the minor-league system with catchers means Girardi’s job is on the line.

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    the Yanks showed just how valuable of a commodity they are this morning.

    Don’t you mean they showed it yesterday?

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

      Yeah. I was planning to post this yesterday, but something else came up. Forgot what, exactly…

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        Ah alright, understandable.

      • http://www.retire21.org Mike R.- Retire 21

        Chad Trace signed.

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          Yeah. To a minor league deal I believe, but everyone knows this already. No big deal.

          And it’s Chad Tracy.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Psst.

            Angelo!

            That was the joke.

            • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

              Aw…

              I’m an idiot! haha.

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

        You have shamed us all, Axisa.

  • Reggie C.

    Maybe if Castellon were born in Venezuela, PR, or DR, he’d have been signed already. Most organizations dont sign 18 year olds if the kid isn’t noticeably more advanced than a 16 year old.

    Maybe we see Castellon skip the DSL and get sent directly to GCL ball.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      Yeah, from what I understand Columbian recruiting is still in its infancy. I wouldn’t go crazy over the fact he’s 18.

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R.- Retire 21

      He’s already playing for DSL2.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    The Yanks have more Pitchers and Catchers than a bar in Chelsea..(ducks)

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Haha, good one.

    • JMK

      They’re proper nouns because…they’re gay?

      Hmm…I don’t think that’s it.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

        Cut me some slack. I just finished listening to the Mel Gibson tape.

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

          http://www.metacafe.com/watch/.....i_nav_gps/

          BACK IT UP, SUGARTITS… JEWS, JEWS, JEWS!!!!

          • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

            Hahahahahah!

  • Zack

    Wait for the “this is PROOF they dont see Jesus as a legit option” comments

  • Ron

    Signing all these cathers is a bit of an overkill.

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R.- Retire 21

      /Francesa’d

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      /hopes you’re being sarcastic

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Eric

      After signing all these catheters, the Yankee system is overflowing

      /shows self out

    • ROBTEN

      Signing all these cathers is a bit of an overkill.

      I agree. It seems like they’re just itchin’ to start a religious war. (SFW)

    • Pete

      they don’t care about other positions

      /neyer’d

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    Anybody have a scouting report on Castellon?

    • whyjwhy

      from the article it seems like they like his bat and that he has a strong and accurate arm. 6’2, 180 lbs.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        I wish there was a bit more information, but this will do for now. Thanks.

  • Grandy

    I have a feeling Cash has his mind set on trading Montero. Maybe for Haren? Who knows. But if Cash was willing to trade Montero for Halladay and Lee, then I don’t think Montero will make the bigs as a Yank for the right player.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Possibly, but Haren isn’t or at least hasn’t been Lee or Halladay this season.

      You’re talking about a top notch starter, when talking about who the Yankees are trying to acquire (Lee, Halladay.) They wouldn’t move Montero unless another one of those were available.

      That’s the definition of the “right player.”

    • ROBTEN

      I have a feeling Cash has his mind set on trading Montero.

      The other side of this, of course, is that Cash is interested in upgrading the rotation knowing that this could be Pettitte’s last year, CC has an opt-out clause coming up, and Hughes is still under an innings limit, and so is willing, perhaps painfully, to give up Montero to do so.

      However, if Montero is sent to the Brewers for Randy Wolf, I’ll concede to your hypothesis.

    • mustang

      Totally agree. I don’t think Haren, but someone maybe in the winter I would be surprise if Montero makes it to the bigs as a Yank.

      • mustang

        Maybe Josh Johnson or someone like that.

        • Pete

          It would probably take Jesus Montero, Hector Noesi, Andrew Brackman, Dellin Betances, Slade Heathcott, and Gary Sanchez to get Josh Johnson. Only Felix would cost more than him, I think.