5 players who were on the Yankees this year that you probably forgot about

This year's roster was positively full of memorable randos.

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Colten Brewer, RHP

Honestly, show of hands. I'm willing to bet Brewer is the only one of these names that you actually forgot.

It's true, though. His Yankees career happened, even though he now resides in Japan, signing with the Hanshin Tigers midseason.

At the time of his acquisition, Brewer was coming off a hot spring training with the Rays, and seemed ripe for the plucking as the Yankees bullpen hit some early injury woes. Essentially, he was the Franchy Cordero of the 'pen. One day, the roster seemed set. The next day, Brewer and his hot March were being touted as a must-have commodity.

Though he danced through trouble in his first few outings, he did nail the most important part by getting out of repetitive messes. He threw two scoreless frames against the San Francisco Giants. He held it down for three frames against Cleveland in a game the Yankees nearly came back and won, allowing just one hit in the process. It was really happening. The Yankees had found another one.

Until ... they didn't. His FIP caught up with him while trying to caddy for Jhony Brito in the right-hander's stunningly awful start against the Twins. Brito was bludgeoned for seven runs in less than an inning on April 13, at which point Brewer entered and allowed two more to score. In all, he allowed five hits and four runs that day as he put on a brave face in what he surely gathered was an ill-fated outing.

He was DFA'd right after. Luckily, Hanshin is nice in the summer.