Bits and Pieces from around the Yankees world
The biggest news is that Melky Mesa was added to the 40-man roster. Chad Gaudin and Royce Ring were taken off the roster to make space. Gaudin is a free agent now.
After posting the third-most home runs and stolen bases in the system, Mesa, 22, is poised to start 2010 in Trenton's outfield. He's an absolute lottery ticket of a guy, with power, speed and a plus arm.
One scout I spoke to had this to say about him:
He's got a lot of tools. He's a very good athlete with a lot of holes in his swing. The percentage of him making the big leagues is slim, but if he does, it will be as a starter. He's not going to be a fourth or fifth outfielder.
He's got the rare combination of power and speed. He swings and misses a lot and needs to cut down on his swing. He's susceptible to the breaking ball and gets himself out. If he can get pitchers to get him out, he has a chance to be good.
Additionally, Brandon Laird, Austin Romine and Manny Banuelos were named to the Arizona Fall League's Eastern Division roster for the Rising Stars Game. This year's game comes Saturday, and will be televised on the MLB Network.
Mesa and Laird were also named by the Topps baseball card company as the Players of the Year, respectively in High-A and Double-A.