Angelo Gumbs was drafted as a second round pick in 2010. For two years starting in 2012, Gumbs was a top 10 Yankees’ prospect. A young and promising second baseman with an advanced glove, scouts felt the 23-year-old could hit enough with the bat to be a fast riser through the system and provide depth to a position the Yankees only recently found solutions for in the wake of Robinson Cano’s departure. In 1,377 at bats, Gumbs hit just .231 never advancing past A ball in over five minor league seasons.
He was cut with three other minor leaguers and is considered a complete bust after hitting just .179 last season. It’s important to note regardless of where a player is drafted and what their prospect status says, you never truly know until they prove they can do it on the MLB level.
The Yankees, after years of having no plan in the minor league systems, have drawn a clear line in the sand between prospects they deem too valuable to risk losing and prospects who may pan out but are worth acquiring other talent. Then there’s always the ones who simply never develop enough value to help the team in any way, on the roster or not.
Along with Gumbs’ departure are Teodora Martinez, Griff Gordon and Isaias Tejeda, the latter of whom was an A ball All Star as recently as 2014 and has been in the system for six years. With the transactions, no further room is cleared on the 40 man roster but the Yankees did clear some organizational space.