Played at three levels in 2011, going 9-7 with a 3.18 ERA from High-A to Triple-A. He struck out 116 batter and walked only 15. Originally a fifth-round draft pick in 2007, he was the Nationals organizational Pitcher of the Year in 2009.
Potential role: Meyers has been a starter in the minor leagues, but he’ll compete for a long relief role with the Yankees. That spot is wide open because the Yankees don’t want Hector Noesi to do it. “I just think Noesi is a starter,” Brian Cashman said. “So one way or another, that’s where he needs to be. I don’t want to waste his time as a long man if we can avoid it.”
Cashman’s scouting report: “Six-foot-six, a right-hander. He’s got a four-pitch mix. A strike-thrower. We look at him as trying to take a shot at that long-man spot for us in the spring.”
Had a 2.95 ERA in 36 relief appearances between Single-A and Double-A in 2011. Originally signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2006, he was previously taken by the Rays in last year’s Rule 5 but didn’t stick.
Potential role: The Yankees traded cash considerations for the rights to the Royals pick in the Rule 5 draft, then used that to get Cabral who will compete for a spot as a second lefty behind Boone Logan in the Yankees bullpen. The Yankees have had no luck spending big money on proven left-handed relievers, and this is kind of the opposite approach. It didn’t work with Rule 5 pick Robert Fish last year.
Cashman’s scouting report: “His fastball gets up to 94. He’s a fastball, slider, changeup guy. We like him a lot. He’s got ability, and he can get lefties out, so we’ll see what we see in the spring.”