About three weeks ago, I mentioned in one of my articles that a bold move that the Yankees organization should do would be to trade Nick Swisher and let an outfield prospect by the name of Zoilo Almonte get an opportunity to play.
Well, while they haven't traded Swisher, they have taken the first step in getting Almonte ready for the big time by putting him in spring training games.
And so far this year, he's a perfect 2-for-2 in two games.
OK, so yeah, small sample right now, but at the moment, he's shown his skills and they look really good. He doesn't have a tool that stands out, but he's a good all-around player.
Last year, in Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, he combined for double digits in homers and steals, with a .276 batting average.
He also can play all three outfield positions, and bat at both sides of the plate, just like Nick Swisher (who, by the way, becomes a free agent after this year).
Of course, I don't see him playing in the big leagues until September, and even then, he'll be used as a fourth outfielder, with maybe a start or two to give one of the outfielders a rest. But when September comes along, I look forward to seeing what he can do.
For now, enjoy him in spring training and in either Double-A or Triple-A (or a mix of both).