From the fine folks at Baseball America, the latest minor league transactions include three signings for the Yankees.
LHP Josh Romanski
Spent the past three years in the Yankees organization, filling holes in bullpens and rotations from Low-A to Double-A. Romanski had a terrific year in 2011 — 2.97 ERA between Tampa and Trenton — but injury problems held him to just 36 innings last season. Romanski went to Puerto Rico for winter ball and pitched well (seven starts, 2.83 ERA, one nine-inning, three-hit shutout).
RHP Chris Smith
Signed out of the Frontier League, the move was actually announced by Smith’s independent league team last week. He went 9-6 with a 2.92 ERA and 116 strikeouts 19 starts last season, then he went to the Australian winter league and pitched to a 2.31 ERA through nine starts. , with a 2.92 ERA and 116 strikeouts. He’s 24 years old and the numbers are good. Should help fill a mid-level rotation spot if nothing else.
SS Leugim Barroso
How many baseball players named Leugim Barroso could there be? I assume this has to be this Cuban infielder. He played in the States last year, hitting .317/.345/.364 with two different independent league teams. He rarely struck out and rarely walked. I obviously don’t know much about guy. Sounds like organizational filler who might have some ability to work with.
A few other names you’ll recognize from this week’s minor league transactions: RHP Andrew Brackman signed with the White Sox, RHP Manny Delcarmen signed with the Orioles, OF Greg Golson signed with the Rockies, RHP Chad Qualls landed with the Marlins and OF Shelley Duncan signed with the Rays (but we already knew that).