Last season the New York Yankees signed Rosell Herrera before the start of spring training. In the first 2020 spring training, he did nothing but impress, becoming the spring training star. The infielder-outfielder has signed with the Wei Chuan Dragons of the four-team Chinese Professional Baseball League, CPBL Stats announced on Twitter.
Herrera became an immediate star when he began opening eyes on March 1 while going 3-for-3 with a double facing the Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. In his next game, he did so again, a 2-for-4 showing on March 5, also in Lakeland versus Detroit. He ended spring training hitting .400. Every time he was allowed to come to bat, he would bat for contact and power.
However, his fantastic start with the New York Yankees came to a halt when he developed foot issues. With no minor league season, Herrera had no place to play when he had healed. It is unclear what happened between then and now, as he was not listed on any of the Minor League rosters. But whatever the case, the Yankees appear to have lost a future star.
During the first spring training, Yankees manager Aaron Boone had this to say about the young man:
â€œHe hits it off the barrel every time. A lot of really good at-bats every day. Heâ€™s certainly got our attention and thatâ€™s a really good thing. The quality of his at-bats have been from jump street.
â€œHe has a great attitude. He plays the game with a joy. And heâ€™s been really good moving around for us in different spots. He continues to impress us.â€
After all that praise, it’s a wonder that he was never called up during summer camp in a season with so many Yankee injuries. Now he is off to Taiwan.