New York Yankees Add Speedy Former Top Prospect

The New York Yankees have recently claimed outfielder Bubba Thompson off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds, as part of their efforts to bolster their roster during the 2023-24 offseason.

Thompson, aged 25, is a former Texas Rangers player who also played briefly for the Reds. In his 2023 season with the Rangers, he played 25 games, showcasing potential despite limited exposure.

With a .242 batting average, 54 hits, and 1 home run through his first two major league seasons, Thompson has demonstrated promising talent.

His athleticism and defensive versatility, having played in all three outfield positions, add depth to the Yankees' lineup.

Thompson's journey to the Yankees has been quite eventful.

Originally drafted by the Texas Rangers as the 26th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, he spent some time with Texas’ Triple-A Round Rock and the Kansas City Royals’ Triple-A Omaha, achieving a .259 batting average in 65 games in the last season.

He was claimed off waivers by Kansas City from Texas on August 13, 2023, and then by Cincinnati from Kansas City on October 26, 2023, before finally being claimed by the Yankees.

The acquisition of Thompson comes after the Yankees finished the 2023 season with a record of 82-80, narrowly missing the MLB Playoffs.

This move is part of a broader strategy to strengthen the team, especially considering the uncertainties around star right fielder Aaron Judge, who was limited to 106 games due to injury.

Thompson's potential contribution to the Yankees will depend on his development and adaptation to the team's needs, providing a fresh opportunity for him to showcase his capabilities in the major leagues​​. Photo Credit:  Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports