Thursday, December 23, 2010

Yanks Sign Steve Evarts to a Minor League Deal

Here's some info on the 23-year-old from Donnie Collins:
Steve Evarts was once one of the better pitchers in the Atlanta Braves system.


Evarts was taken in the first round, 43rd overall, in the 2006 Draft. The Yankees took Ian Kennedy and Joba Chamberlain that year. Evarts would go on to three pretty good seasons in the Braves system, going 8-2 with a 2.30 ERA in 22 games between the Gulf Coast League and the South Atlantic League.

At his best, he was a tall lefty with a great feel for pitching who posted brilliant numbers on the field. At his worst, he was a pitcher who couldn’t stay on the field or out of trouble off of it.

He hasn't pitched since Tommy John surgery in 2008. Last April, he was arrest on felony battery and marijuana possession charges. It was his fourth arrest since '06.

The guy seems to be a walking disaster area, but if he can get his act together and stay healthy--apparently two big ifs--maybe he can reach some of his potential.

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