With Aaron Hicks scheduled to miss the beginning of the season due to injury, it shouldn’t be a surprised that the Yankees acquired additional outfield depth.
Tauchman is a left-handed hitter who has experience playing all three outfield position. Over the past two seasons, the 28-year-old has appeared in 52 big league games, posting a slash line of .153/.265/.203.
Although he has struggled offensively at the big league level, Tauchman has some pretty impressive minor league stats. In 112 games at the Triple-A level last season, Tauchman posted a .323 batting average. In addition to his high batting average, Tauchman hit 20 home runs and drove in 81 runs.
Boone said Tauchman could break camp with the Yankees, but that’s not definite yet.
“We’re excited to get a guy that we feel is pretty talented and can play multiple positions in the outfield. He has options, so we’ll determine which way we’ll go.”
According to Aaron Boone, there is a possibility that Tauchman breaks camp with the big league club. Tauchman has options remaining, so it is possible that the outfielder begins the season in the minor leagues.
In exchange for Tauchman, the Yankees will send left-handed pitcher Phillip Diehl to Colorado.
Diehl, 24, is a relief pitcher that impressed some people within the Yankees organization this spring. The left-hander has spent three seasons in the Yankees minor league system, posting a 16-6 record with a 2.78 ERA over 82 career appearances.
To make room for Tauchman on the 40-man roster, the Yankees announced that they have placed Jordan Montgomery on the 60-Day Injured List.
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