Yankees Add Two More to Arizona Fall League Roster


The New York Yankees have added two more players to their Arizona Fall League roster, pitchers Dillon Tate and J.P. Feyereisen.

The Yankees have now filled six of their seven roster spots for the Arizona Fall League according the the league’s transactions page. On Friday, New York officially assigned pitchers DIllon Tate and J.P. Feyereisen to the Scottsdale Scorpions.

Josh Norris of Baseball America had previously scooped the four position players the Yankees would be sending to the AFL: first baseman Greg Bird, shortstop Gleyber Torres, middle infielder Tyler Wade, and third baseman Miguel Andujar.

The latter three are all listed among New York’s top 15 prospects according to MLB Pipeline, while the Bird Man is returning from shoulder surgery in an effort to land the starting first base job next year. 

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With Tate and Feyereisen, the Yankees have now filled two of their three pitching spots for the Fall League. Tate, the fourth overall selection in the 2015 draft, was the centerpiece of the Carlos Beltran trade on August 1st. The 22-year-old righty had been dealing with diminished velocity and mechanical issues with the Rangers earlier in the year, which is why such a big name talent was available for a rental DH.

New York’s minor league staff have reportedly made some strides with restoring Tate’s upper-90’s heater since the trade. He hasn’t thrown a ton since coming into the organization as they have had him working out of the bullpen, but the results have been encouraging.

In 17.1 IP over seven appearances, Tate has a 3.12 ERA and 3.46 FIP. It’s not clear whether his future is in the rotation or the bullpen at this point, but the fact that the team wants to give him extra innings in the AFL could indicate that they still view him as a starter.

Feyereisen is also a newcomer to the Yankees system. The 23-year-old righty was the fourth piece in the Andrew Miller trade. While he’s rightfully been overshadowed by Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield, and Ben Heller since then, Feyereisen has shown some promise in his own right.

In 18 innings with the Double-A Trenton Thunder following the trade, Feyereisen struck out 22 while allowing six walks and just one earned run. He seems like a strong bet to join the Scranton Shuttle next year. This assignment to the Fall League means that New York’s decision makers have certainly noticed him.

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The remaining Arizona Fall League roster spot is likely being kept open in the hopes that 2015 first rounder James Kaprielian will be ready to go by October.