Prior to their game against the Orioles Wednesday night, the Yankees announced that Tyler Austin, Billy McKinney, Ben Heller and Giovanny Gallegos have all been optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Prior to tonight’s game, the Yankees optioned the following players to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre:
•INF/OF Tyler Austin
•RHP Giovanny Gallegos
•RHP Ben Heller
•OF Billy McKinney
“He’s a natural,” Aaron Boone said. “He gives a nice, low target, that Bob Boone target.”
Austin hit .235/.333/.618 with four homers and six RBI in 16 spring games. In 123 Major League at-bats across 2016 and ’17 with the Yanks, the 26-year-old has hit .236 with seven homers and 20 RBI.
McKinney appeared in 18 games this spring, managing just a .161 average. He did, however, launch four homers and drove in 11.
Heller made seven appearances out of the pen, posting a 4.22 ERA across 10.2 innings pitched. The righty appeared in nine games in the Bigs last season, going 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA through 11 innings.
Gallegos also pitched out of the pen this spring, seeing action in eight games. He posted a 3.68 ERA in 7.1 innings. The 26-year-old saw action with the Big League club last season as well. He went 0-1 with a 4.87 ERA in 16 games.