Yankees call on Jonathan Davis for Blue Jays waivers
The Yankees have announced a series of roster changes ahead of tonight’s game against the Orioles. More particularly, the flyer Jonathan davis was claimed on waivers for the Blue Jays. New York also selected right-handed contracts Brody Koerner and Stephen ridings. they replace Gerrit Cole and Jordan montgomery, who landed on the COVID-19 injured list after testing positive for the virus.
Davis lost his place in the 40-man squad when the Jays acquired Joakim Soria before the trade deadline of last Friday. The 29-year-old has played in majors with the Jays in each of the past four seasons, totaling 241 home plate appearances from 0.180 / 0.285 / 0.263 hits. While not performing well at the major league level, Davis has a decent .256 / .357 / .421 line over a three-season game at Triple-A.
Koerner and Ridings are both in line to make their big-league debuts. Koener, a 17th round pick by the Yankees in 2015, has done very well at Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre this season. Thanks to 61 innings, the Clemson University product has a 2.95 ERA, the seventh lowest score among 49 Triple-A East pitchers with over 50 innings pitched. His strikeout rate of 18.3% is below average, but Koerner also allowed walks at a below average rate of 7.8%.
Ridings began his career as an 8th round draft draft for the Haverford College Cubs. He was a starting pitcher early in his tenure in the minor leagues (which also included some time in the Royals system). This year, however, he worked exclusively in relief, dividing the campaign between Double-A Somerset and Scranton. In total, the 25-year-old threw to a 1.24 ERA in 29 innings, removing 38.2% of top-flight opponents while walking just 3.6%.
Because Koerner and Ridings were selected on the list as COVID replacements, they can be sent back to the minor leagues and removed from the 40-man without being exposed to waivers when others return from IL.