Quick, who’s that guy in the picture on the right?
Turns out, that’s Steve Garrison, and whether you’ve heard of him or not, he actually is a member of the New York Yankees. Has a spot on the 40-man and everything.
Garrison has never thrown a pitch for the Yankees organization, but he was claimed off waivers from the Padres in September. The Yankees hadn’t seen very much of him when they made the claim, but he came highly recommended by Kevin Towers, the former Padres general manager who was passing the time in the Yankees scouting department.
“If Kevin Towers likes a pitcher, especially a bullpen guy, you have to listen,” Mark Newman said.
Garrison is 24 years old and he’s left-handed, which makes him standout in a Yankees system light on lefty relievers. Garrison has worked almost exclusively as a starter, and the Yankees haven’t decided whether to use him in the bullpen or the rotation in the minor leagues next season. His future, they believe, is as reliever, but he needs innings. Garrison features the standard set of four pitches — fastball, changeup, curveball, slider — and the Yankees are still figuring out which of those might be most effective for him in relief.
For a guy on the 40-man, Garrison remains something of an unknown commodity, but he comes from a trusted source, and the Yankees will get their first long look at him in spring training.
“There’s something there to like,” Newman said.