There’s been no official release from the organization, but the Yankees online roster lists a new name among the non-roster invitees: Right-handed pitcher Zack Segovia.
I actually remember Segovia from my time covering the Phillies organization. From roughly 2003 to 2007, he was constantly a mid-level, high-potential prospect in the Philadelphia system, but arm problems constantly slowed him down. Segovia had Tommy John surgery in 2003 and missed all of 2004, but he had a massive resurgence in 2006 (the year before the Yankees came to Scranton). He had 11 wins and a 3.11 ERA through 17 Double-A games that season, then made the Phillies opening-day roster in 2007.
That was pretty much his Phillies peak.
Segovia got into one big league game with the Phillies — five innings, five runs, eight hits – before going 1-9 in Triple-A and finished the ’07 season back down in Double-A. He sank all the way back to A-ball the following year and eventually wound up with the Nationals, where his career had another resurgence.
Last season, Segovia worked exclusively out of the bullpen for the first time in his career. With Triple-A Syracuse, he had a 2.54 ERA with four saves and a .184 opponents batting average. That earned a call-up to the big leagues, where Segovia made eight apperanaces: Three were really good, three were really bad and two were not great but not awful.
I remember Segovia as a guy perpetually on the verge of a breakthrough, and maybe that breakthrough happened last season. The Yankees have plenty of right-handed relief options in Triple-A, so their scouts must have seen something in Segovia they like. He turns 27 in April, and he’ll be coming to camp as a non-roster invitee. No harm in giving the guy a look.