Report: Yankees sign Australian right-hander Brandon Stenhouse

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Via Peter Rolfe & Marty Shevelove: The Yankees have signed 17-year-old Australian right-hander Brandon Stenhouse to a six-figure contract. He also received money for college. “I have been waiting for many years to see if Brandon Stenhouse had the physical and mental makeup to be considered as a possible Yankee,” said John Wadsworth, the team’s scout in Australia. “I am pleased to see just how far this young man has progressed and his future is exciting to us all.”

Stenhouse, who is from Melbourne, will head to Tampa for a two-week orientation in April before returning home to graduate high school. He’ll then return to the U.S. full-time. At least two other teams were interested in signing him despite an ugly showing at the Under-18 National Youth Baseball Championships recently (eleven runs, seven walks, and four strikeouts in four innings). There isn’t much info out there about Stenhouse but the report says his fastball touches 93 mph.

The Yankees are already over their 2013-14 international spending pool just slightly, so Stenhouse will push them over even more. The team is planning to spend big internationally when the 2014-15 signing period starts on July 2nd. New York has signed a few players from Australia in recent years, most notably C Kyle Perkins and OF Adam Silva.

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  • VergilXV

    Lets hope he turns into a good prospect at least

  • CashmanNinja

    I hope he turns into something decent. The odds are against him, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t possible. Plus he’s only 17 and hasn’t even graduated high school yet. A *LOT* can happen between now and when he would be coming out of college (early 20’s). For all we know he could become a solid reliever. Anything can happen and it’s a worthy risk. I wish him the best.

  • RetroRob

    The quote from his coach was interesting: “I have been waiting for many years to see if Brandon Stenhouse had the physical and mental makeup to be considered as a possible Yankee.”

    Was it predetermined years ago that Stenhouse was only going to be a Yankee?

    Was it a hope that the Yankees being the most famous and successful baseball team in the world that his coach only wanted him to be a Yankee?

    Or was the term Yankee meant as a reference by his coach to Stenhouse playing in American baseball, with Yankee being a term associated with Americans?

    • RetroRob

      Never mind. On reading the story again, the quote was from the Yankee scout in Australia, not the kid’s coach.

    • steve (different one)

      That quote was from a Yankee scout…

  • CONservative givernMENt

    He is having dinner at Outback Steakhouse tonight!

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

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    • Brian

      The talent is there, but I have serious concerns regarding his mental makeup.

  • Bob Michaels

    This kid may win the CY Aussie reward.

  • Al Percolo

    God never said people make mistakes; where did you hear that shit? He said honor thy mother, and thy father, and thy Yankee contract!

  • OldYanksFan

    So does this mean the Yankees are looking to break into the Down Under? Establishing their brand? (Greasing palms and getting hookers?)

  • Fernando

    More importantly, does this not limit the Yankees to not signing any player over 500K in the 2014-2015 signing period beginning in July? You’ve limited yourself from many of the top players, though the Yanks have found good value at lower levels.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      If so, this would seem to be the end of their plan to go massively over the limit in the next signing period.

      I doubt they’d spend massively while not being able to spend over 500K on any one player (though depending on how large the 6 figure bonus is, they still could land in the 5-10% over range for this signing period and be able to sign one player for more than 500K in the 2014-15 signing period)

      I wonder if signing Tanaka changed their IFA plans for next season.

    • Nick

      If this prevents them from going wild in international free agency next year it’s almost impossible to defend the move. I don’t care how much they like this guy, he’s not better than a shot to add 5-6 top flight international free agents next year – which 15M in spending would have done easily.

      I really hope that the numbers were off somewhere and they’re still able to stick to that plan.

  • Caballo Sin Nombre

    This seems to me a bizarre and very non-Yankee way to go over this spending limit. I would have expected them to go wildly over and attempt to sign every top player available. If they are going to be restricted next year in who they can sign, they might as well get the best catch possible this year. I don’t understand this nibbling.

    • Eselquetodolosabe

      Calendar year maybe (jan to dec) ? With Australia having the early signing period vs other intl markets. Maybe ?, not 100% sure.

      • Caballo Sin Nombre

        Maybe. I’m hoping it’s something about the rules I/we don’t get.

        • The Great Gonzo

          Wait for the surprised look that the MLB makes over convoluted rules for simple concepts… keep waiting….

  • Matt :: Sec110

    Graeme Lloyd.

  • The Great Gonzo

    So from what I am reading, the Yankees were ALREADY over their spending limit. So why are you guys all butt hurt about signing this kid and further breaching the limit?

    Isn’t this very similar to the popular opinion that if the Yankees were going to go over $189M, that they should go WAAAAAY over? There is no sens in being sitting at a $191M payroll, and there would be no sens in sitting on your hands when you’re already a few bucks over the spending limit.

    Or maybe I am underthinking this. Fuck do I know…

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      The issue is with the penalties for going over.
      They can go up to 5% over, and all it costs is money. There’s been conflicting reports of whether the Yankees were within the 5% limit or not prior to this signing.
      If they go 5-10% over, they lose the right to sign more than one player for over $500K in the 2014-15 signing period.
      If they go more than 10% over, they lose the right to sign anybody for over $500k in the next signing period.
      More than 15% over, they lose the right to sign anybody for over $250K in the next period.

      Considering it has been reported the Yankees were planning a major splash in the 2014-15 IFA class, if this signing puts them more than 5% over this year’s limit (or more so if over 10%), it would basically end those plans.
      It becomes an issue of whether this kid was worth signing if it means losing the ability to sign multiple other high end players in the next IFA class.
      Or if the Yankees have already abandoned their plans to make a big splash in the next IFA class.

  • The Great Gonzo

    Wasn’t Ryan Rowland Smith an Aussie as well?

    • Jarrod

      Still is

  • JB Early

    Despite my cynicism base on 50+ years of watching Yankee cycles, they seem poised & long overdue for another core from their system. If they instill some confidence in them, and themselves, the next 3-5 years might just provide some great young NYY players.

  • Fernando

    One thing to consider is that they Yankees could trade with other clubs to increase the Yankees budget by 50%. Depending how much they are over a trade coukd easy bring them within the allowable limits which allows them to go crazy for the 2014-2015 signing period.