The Yanks have added pitcher Robert Coello to a minor league contract. Coello pitched in 17 games for the Los Angeles Angels in 2013, finishing with a 2-2 record and a 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings in his limited action. A 29-year old, 250 pound giant, Coello has bounced around in the majors, playing for three teams in three seasons.
Originally drafted in 2004 as a 20th round pick, he has pitched as a starter and reliever, performing decently in both slots. His calling card is his strikeouts, with 470 Ks in 419.2 innings. He mainly relies on a fastball with good hop, averaging in the low to mid 90’s in velocity.
Coello will most likely be another righty out of the bullpen in the middle frames. Depending on how well he pitches in Spring Training, Coello will either start the season in Triple-A with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre or as a late addition to the 25-man Yankees roster.