IFA: Yankees sign Alvaro Noriega for $175k

Open Thread: Looking back at 1998
Game 146: Thrown to the wolves

Via the Dominican Prospect League, the Yankees have signed 16-year-old Colombia catcher Alvaro Noriega for $175k. He was supposedly the best catching prospect in the league this season, showing “major improvement in blocking, receiving and throwing accuracy behind the dish. ” At the plate, the 6-foot-1, 180 pounder is said to make good contact from gap-to-gap with occasional power. The Yankees have been hoarding catching prospects for years now, which isn’t a bad thing given the position scarcity.

Open Thread: Looking back at 1998
Game 146: Thrown to the wolves
  • http://bloodfarm.tumblr.com mattdamonwayans

    Well, call him up.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat


  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Catching prospects: The new market inefficiency.

    Of course that means eveyone on their protected list during Rule 5 may as well be catchers, also.

  • Plinko Chips

    Bird (I think…)

    … Well at least the Yankees won’t have to question the catching position until the next decade if they chose to.

  • Jedile

    If the yankees take all the good catching prospects then maybe one of them will turn out as good as larvanway!

    • Rookie

      That would be impossible. But maybe if the Yankees were to stockpile a dozen or so top rated catching prospects, they could package them all and throw in the three “B”s and trade for Larvanway — although I’m sure Gammons, ESPN, and most of the other prospect experts would consider that to be a lopsided trade in favor of the Yankees. We can always dream…