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  • Benjamin Gerstel

Yankees pulled out some big guns to participate in their Spring Training

The Yankees have selected Phillip Evans (INF/OF), Ronald Guzmán (INF), and Ryan LaMarre (OF) to participate in Major League spring training.

Philip Evans (29), the INF/OF, posted a .231 (71-307) with 34 doubles, 6 HR, 27 RBI, and 39BB statline in his two stints in the majors. Combined, both of his tenures lasted four years, or 121 games and he offered his services to the New York Mets (2017-2018) and Pittsburgh Pirates (2020-20). Defensively, he has appeared at third base (31G/26GS), first base (22G/16GS), left field (18G/15GS), right field (16G/13GS) and second base (4G/3GS) in his career.

Ronald Guzmán, from 2018-2021, has only represented the Texas Rangers. In his rookie season, Guzmán had 46 runs, 91 hits, an average of .239. After tearing the meniscus in his right knee on April 12, 2021, Guzmán has had to recover from surgery. He hopped around from the Ranger’s 60-day injury list, to the Round Rock Express, to the DR, and back to a Major League affiliate, in a whirlwind of a year for the 27-year old. Throughout his career, which has lasted a span of 243 games, the left-handed first baseman hit .227 (167-737), with 91 runs, 39 doubles, and 104 RBI’s. Guzmán has appeared defensively at first base (226G/203GS) and left field (2G/1GS) in his career, while Ryan LaMarre has appeared at all three outfield positions in his career, playing 65 games in center field, 37 games in left field and 13 games in right field

Out of the three players the Yankees called up, Ryan LaMarre, 33 years old, is the only player who has ever put on the pinstripes before. LaMarre only played in 9 games and had 24 plate appearances across those games. However, despite not making many appearances, LaMarre has made the most of it so far. On July 21, 2021, while pinch-hitting for Brett Gardner, LaMarre walked off the Rangers, with a single that hit the W.B. Mason ad in right field. In LaMarre’s six year career, he has raked in an average of .232, and 6 HR. Before spending most of 2021 in Scranton (where he batted batting .277 (57-for-206) with 27R, 13 doubles, 2 triples, 6HR, 34RBI, 27BB and 14SB in 60 games), LaMarre had played for the Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, Oakland A’s, Minnesota Twins (2X-one after Chicago), Chicago White Sox, and the New York Yankees.

For his second time in two seasons joining the Yankees in spring training as a non-roster invite, LaMarre is one of 17 total non-roster invitees. Including LaMarre, there are now five right-handed pitchers and one-left handed pitcher, four catchers, four outfielders, and three infielders that have joined the Yankees in spring training albeit not being on the roster.

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