By Jerry Del Priore
The Minnesota Twins organization signed hurler Jonny Drozd, who played with the Staten Island Yankees of the New York-Penn League in the 2015 season, during the week. Drozd is currently in the Minnesota Twins’ minor league camp in Ft. Myers, FL.
Drozd posted an impressive 3-2 record with 1.85 ERA 43.2 innings of work in 24 games with Staten Island in 2015.
Last season with Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League, the 25-year-old went 0-1 with 3.13 ERA in 17.1 innings pitched in 11 tilts. In addition, the six-foot-seven-inch, 200-pound left-hander appeared in 21 games for the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League in the second half of the season.
Drozd didn’t record great numbers (0-1, 5.59, 19.1 innings, 21 games) with Lancaster, but current Barnstormer manger Ross Peeples said the southpaw is solid on left-handed batters.
“Drozd is a sneaky lefty who can be tough against left-handed hitters,” said Ross Peeples, current former Brooklyn Cyclone and Mets’ minor leaguer, on the team’s website. “It’s great to see him get another opportunity with a Major League organization.”
In total, Drozd has put up a 3-4 record with 1.88 ERA in 76.2 innings in 48 contests in affiliated baseball, all with the Yankees’ farm system.