The Yankees seem to really be filling their organization with non-drafted free agents this year. They added Travis Hissong, Jake Hernandez, Matt Marsh, Mike Noteware, Tyler Palmer, and now you can add another three players to that list.
They have signed catcher Kevin Alexander out of Dallas Baptist. At five-foot-eleven, 210 pounds, he offers some power from the right side of the plate, however, there is also some concern over his plate discipline. His use as a designated hitter and time in the outfield says that there might be some serious questions about his defense. Alexander hit .247/.351/.381 with 14 home runs and 12 stolen bases over his four-year collegiate career and has already played in the GCL. Strangely, he has been a catcher and a pitcher, but there's no indication that his career rests on the mound.
If you're interested in a good story, Alexander found out the Yankees wanted to sign him while attending a tryout for undrafted players in Oklahoma. The Yankees did not have a scout on location, but they needed a catcher and came calling nonetheless.
The Yankees signed Texas Tech outfielder Adam Kirsch. The six-foot-one, 215-pound right-handed hitter has moved around considerably during his college career, starting out at North Central Community College and moving to Florida International University in 2012. Despite hitting .307/.393/.560 with 10 home runs in 2014, Kirsch likely went undrafted because he didn't play in 2013 until the summer and only one other season at a four-year college likely didn't give scouts enough of a track record. Still, he was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week in March and Big 12 Player of the Week in May, so he has potential.
Kirsch is joined by his Texas Tech teammate left-handed pitcher Jonny Drozd, who was also signed by the organization. The thing you need to know about Drozd is that he's a six-foot-seven, 200-pound power-armed monster reliever. While he started in 2013, he was used exclusively out of the bullpen as a situational lefty and closer this season. In 2014, he maintained a 2.09 ERA with a 5.89 K/9 and an excellent (especially considering his size) 1.84 BB/9 in 73.1 innings while collecting five saves. Perhaps most impressively, he finished his college career having not given up a home run in 92.2 consecutive innings.