The Yankees announced on Sunday morning that they have called up switch-hitting utility infielder Breyvic Valera from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. They optioned LHP Daniel Camarena down to Triple-A on Saturday night after he spent one (1) game on the MLB roster and did not enter the game.
Valera, 27, was acquired in a minor trade with the San Francisco Giants in May. In 86 MLB plate appearances, he has a career 48 OPS+, which is awful. He partook in 24 games with the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate, and he hit .257/.396/.338 (97 wRC+). It’s nothing impressive, but it was decent for a glove-first minor league journeyman.
Things changed when Valera came over to the Yanks’ system, though. In 50 games with the Railriders, Valera has absolutely mashed. His triple slash line is .348/.419/.564 (151 wRC+) with 9 homers. He basically doesn’t strike out (8.7 K%). He has mashed.
Even when Miguel Andujar went down, it was hard to envision a scenario in which Valera finds himself among the 25 guys on the big league roster. It’s unclear what role they have in mind for him or if he’ll be with the team once Luke Voit is activated from the IL upon the return from the All-Star break, but he’s here for now and as fans we gotta hope the way he’s played the last few months is the real Breyvic Valera, since it would help the Yankees. Could you imagine?