One day after nine out of 12 Yankee runs were driven in by homegrown players, the Yankees will add another to the mix: outfielder Dustin Fowler.
Multiple sources are reporting the 22-year-old will join the team prior to Thursday’s series finale against the White Sox. There is no word on a counter transaction to clear space on both the 25-man and 40-man rosters.
Of all the outfielders in the minor league system, Fowler is thought to be the most MLB-ready. He is capable of playing all three outfield positions, and is slashing .293/.329/.542 through 70 minor league games.Embed from Getty Images
Fowler has received Spring Training invites each of the past three seasons. He excelled in a 15-game sample in 2016, where he slashed .318/.348/.455. 2017 brought a bit of regression, with a .231/.304/.359 line in 24 games. But, he clearly put it together once Spring Training ended.
This promotion shows the Yankees are committed to giving their young talent opportunities at the big league level. No. 11 prospect Tyler Wade got his first hit last night, and No. 9 prospect Miguel Andújar collected three hits and four RBI in his debut.Embed from Getty Images
Speculation on the move to clear roster space is the fun part. Tyler Austin has been complaining of hamstring soreness for a couple days. The Yanks could place him on the 10-day disabled list to clear 25-man roster space. The 40-man is a more complicated beast. The Yankees would have to designate someone for assignment. But, more simply, they can transfer Greg Bird to the 60-day disabled list and promote Fowler without losing anybody.