Doug Bernier’s name might not light up the headlines, but he’s spent two of the past three seasons in the Yankees organization, and he’s coming back in 2012.
Baseball America’s latest minor league transactions include the already reported signings of Adam Miller, Dewayne Wise and Cole Garner, but they add Bernier’s re-signing. The utility infielder has an excellent glove and had a very brief big league stint with the Rockies a few years ago. He’ll add some infield depth in Triple-A.
Baseball America also has a fairly long list of players released from the Yankees organization:
RHP Jim Blueberg, RHP Francisco Cruceta, RHP Nathan Forer, RHP Mike Gipson, RHP Dustin Hobbs, RHP Corey Maines, RHP Mike Recchia, RHP Michael Solbach, LHP Trevor Johnson, C Jon Hurst, 2B Emerson Landoni, OF Mike Ferraro, OF Taylor Grote, OF Bobby Rinard
Only about half of these names are familiar to me. I remember seeing Landoni play in minor league spring training a few years ago, and Solbach put up some solid Class A numbers. The only name that mildly surprised me was Grote, only because he always seemed to be labeled as a kind of sleeper prospect in the system, but he’s coming off a dreadful season in Tampa.
Also worth noting, Baseball America had this to say about Garner: “Cole Garner could become the Yankees’ new Greg Golson, as an athletic righty bat who can cover any outfield post and hit for some power.” I never knew much about him, so there’s a little bit of a scouting report.