Via Mister Baseball, the Yankees have signed 20-year-old Czech catcher Daniel Vavrusa to a minor league contract and assigned him to the Dominican Summer League. Vavrusa did attend high school in the United States for two years and was scheduled to attend junior college in Arizona this fall, but he decided to turn pro instead. He had been playing with SaBaT Prague and Kotlarka Praha in the Czech Republic, and had been selected to the Czech National Team this year.
Teams have been signing more and more players out of Europe recently, most notable Alex Liddi of the Mariners (Italy) and Max Kepler of the Twins (Germany). Chances are Vavrusa won’t pan out, but it’s one of the team’s first steps into a new talent market.