According to Chad Jennings of the Journal News, the Yankees have signed 29-year-old outfielder Reid Gorecki to a minor league contract.
Gorecki was drafted in the 13th round of the 2002 amateur draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He’s spent nearly nine full seasons in the minors before he was finally promoted to The Show last season. With the Atlanta Braves he played in 31 games and he hit just .200 in 25 at bats (5-for-25).
While it is possible that Gorecki was signed as insurance in case the Yankees have to return Jamie Hoffmann to the Dodgers. It’s more likely though that he will not see anytime in the Bronx at all this season unless there is a rash of injuries. In reality he was signed purely to be an outfielder for the triple-A Scranton Yankees.
Here is some info provided by Jennings:
Once a highly-touted prospect in the Cardinals system, Gorecki’s career momentarily stalled in Double-A. He played just 21 Triple-A games in the Cardinals’ system, but he got his career going again with the Braves. Last season, in the pitching friendly International League, he hit .286 with nine home runs, 27 doubles, six triples and 14 stolen bases. He made his major league debut during the 2009 season, getting just 25 at-bats with the Braves. He has played all three outfield positions, primarily center field.