Via Chad Jennings, the Yankees have claimed outfielder Jordan Parraz off waivers from the Red Sox, who claimed him off waivers from the Royals earlier this offseason. The 26-year-old posted a .341 wOBA in 501 plate appearances with Kansas City’s Triple-A affiliate in 2010, playing rightfield exclusively. He dabbled in center a few years back.
Baseball America ranked Parraz as the 19th best prospect in the Royals system coming in this season, saying he’s a “gap-to-gap hitter with below-average usable power,” although they note that he shows very good power in batting practice. A cannon throwing arm is Parraz’s best tool. It sounds like he’s a classic ‘tweener, without enough bat for a corner or enough glove for center. It’s a depth pickup, because the Yankees have very little outfield depth at the Triple-A level.