Yankees top pick in 2008 draft returning as reliever

Remember Jeremy Bleich? I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t. He was signed by the Yankees in the supplemental round, 44th overall, of the 2008 draft and ended up being their top selection after Gerrit Cole spurned their millions for UCLA. That’s not the reason why you wouldn’t remember him. The reason for that is because he hasn’t pitched since May of 2010 after suffering a shoulder injury that landed him on the DL for two years.

Well we finally have an update on him. According to Josh Norris of the Trentonian, Bleich has begun pitching in extended spring training and is expected to return soon, but it will likely be as a reliever when he finally does come back.

It’s not a big surprise that he would return as a reliever. Shoulder injuries are nasty business and he wasn’t a guy with electric stuff in the first place and primarily relied upon strong pitch ability. With even more diminished stuff it’s going to be hard for him to come back, but luckily he’s a lefty and perhaps he’ll be able to find work as a specialist.

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