The Braves have returned Rule 5 draft pick Anyelo Gomez to the Yankees, as announced by New York’s official Twitter feed. The 25-year-old right-hander has been assigned to the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate. Atlanta had originally selected Gomez out of the Yankees’ farm system with the eighth overall pick of last December’s Rule 5 Draft.
Gomez owns a 3.24 ERA, 9.3 K/9, and 2.58 K/BB rate over 269 1/3 career innings in the minors. Most of that experience is in the lower levels, though he impressed enough in 2017 to earn a promotion to Double-A (36 2/3 IP over 17 games) and even a brief two-inning cup of coffee at the Triple-A level. Gomez started just one of his 38 games last season, and the move to the bullpen resulted in a 1.92 ERA in 70 1/3 innings across all levels. With an abundance of strong arms in the minors, Gomez’s return only further reinforces the Yankees’ depth, though he is probably behind several other pitchers in terms of getting a big league promotion some time this season.
The Braves technically had two Rule 5 picks on their roster, as injury-plagued right-hander Dan Winkler’s Rule 5 status is still in effect despite missing much of the last three seasons due to injuries. Winkler and the other intriguing arms in Atlanta’s system created a tough road for Gomez to find a spot on the 25-man roster, and he didn’t help his case with a rocky performance (10.80 ERA) over 8 1/3 Spring Training innings.
1 down ^^ Ford to go. (No shot I know)
with the way he’s looked this spring, would you want him back?
Dude I really don’t get your worship for Ford.
He’s certainly not worthy of worship, but he has been an interesting milb hitter. His k/bb rate last year was outlandish. 94 walks against 72 strikeouts. Never been highly touted, and can really only contribute with the bat. Limited ceiling, but there’s maybe an outside shot he’s a lesser Napoli/Santana type.
Why? Once Healy comes back there’s no room for Ford. Vogelbach has been the superior player this spring. I’d be surprised if Seattle keeps him.
Why? McKinney is transitioning to first.
Taking first base hormones perhaps?
It was an intentionally lame joke, move on.
To be fair to Gomez, the damage mostly came from his last two outings when he got absolutely shredded, it wasn’t really a case of him looking bad all spring. It’s a shame that the Braves didn’t make an effort to keep him, but also a bit understandable given their pitching depth in the high minors.
casualatlfan is actually right. His #’s are misleading as he actually looked strong most of the spring. Couple outings hurt him. I with you, wish the braves would have kept him, but I understand the difficulty here. Rule 5 is meant to help players, but sometimes it hurts them, he would be a great pickup for teams that didn’t have loaded systems like the braves and yanks.
Cobb signed with orioles
Yankees will get Jose Mesa back from Baltimore shortly as well. Cortes looks like a keeper for now anyway.
Hard to keep a guy like that up all year. Especially with the young guys that figure to be in Atl’s rotation at some point this year. Probably gonna need some flexibility in the front end of the pen. Newcomb’s control problems and Gohara’s stamina might cause some short outings.
There’s a lot to like about Gomez. If you look at his minor league peripheral statistics, they support the idea that he has done a very good job over the past few seasons. While there isn’t much room for him to succeed in New York, his involvement in a minor trade or something along those lines wouldn’t be surprising in the slightest.
He looks like he can be a very legitimate bullpen guy.
Triple A is not considered a cup of coffee .