By The Numbers: The "Where Are They Now?" members of the 2013 New York Yankees
As it relates to 2014, the members of that group fall into several different categories. As of May 1, there are 21 on the Yankees' current 40-man roster or 60-day disabled list, one (Alex Rodriguez) on the restricted list, three (Corban Joseph, Jim Miller, and Cesar Cabral) still in the organization, two (Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte) who retired and three more (Ben Francisco, Vernon Wells, and Travis Hafner) who haven't officially called it quits but are currently out of baseball.
That leaves 26 players who are elsewhere this season, and 14 of them have played at least one game in the majors so far. You may already be keeping tabs on how Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, and the rest are faring around the league this season, but there may be some of you wondering just what guys like Zagurski, Ishikawa, and David Adams are up to in 2014.
It is to you, intrepid baseball followers, we dedicate this edition of By The Numbers, as we look at the dozen members of the 2013 Yankees who are less visible but still kicking in baseball.
Editor's Note: For publication purposes, all stats are through games of April 29.
2: That's the number of organizations David Adams, who played 43 games for the Yankees last year, has been in during 2014. After signing with Cleveland this winter, Adams was released in March and signed with Baltimore, and he is hitting .197 with two home runs and five RBI through 20 games for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides.
1/3: Lefty Mike Zagurski made just one appearance and got just one out for the Yankees last season, but he would fit in well with their bullpen mold in 2014. Through his first seven appearances for Cleveland's Triple-A team, the Columbus Clippers, Zagurski has pitched 10 innings and recorded a 2.70 ERA with 16 strikeouts, and the International League is hitting just .139 against him.
8: The new "Melk Man," Melky Mesa, spent eight seasons in the Yankees organization before being released last September. In 2014, he's taken up residence in the Royals organization, where he was hitting .310 through his first eight games with the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers.
40: A Yankee for multiple stints last season, Alberto Gonzalez was No. 40 in your scorebook but played five different positions. This year's he's in the San Diego organization, and while he's stuck mostly to shortstop at Triple-A El Paso, he's hitting just .208 through his first 19 games as a Chihuahua.
6: Somehow, despite Texas' early-season infield injuries, Brent Lillibridge has yet to be called up from Triple-A Round Rock. Maybe it's because he's become the Express' super utility man, hitting just .232 but already playing six positions through his first 21 games with the club.
61: Luis Cruz was released by the Yankees last July after suffering a knee injury, and he sat out the remainder of the season. He has resumed his career in Japan this year, and through his first 21 games with the Chiba Lotte Marines, Cruz is hitting .273 with nine doubles and two homers - totals he reached just once over parts of five Major League seasons.
429,000: Kevin Youkilis made roughly $429,000 per appearance last year with the Yankees, earning $12 million for 28 games played. In what he admits will likely be his final year, Youkilis has also gone overseas to Japan in 2014, but is hitting just .215 with one homer and 11 RBI through his first 21 games with the Rakuten Golden Eagles.
38: Cody Eppley was the first Yankee jettisoned last year, sent to the Minors after two rough early-season outings and eventually released in June. This year, he has hooked on with the Pirates organization, but he has made just two appearances at Triple-A Indianapolis while spending most of the season on the (theoretical) roster of Short-Season Class-A Jamestown - which, in April and May at least, is basically a holding tank for players without an active roster spot in the organization.
45: Once the No. 45 overall pick in the draft, Reid Brignac has become a journeyman, with a 17-game stint with the Yankees in 2013 one of his stops. Brignac signed with the Phillies this winter and nearly made the team out of spring training, but he has bided his time well at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, hitting .275 with two homers, 10 RBI, and three steals through his first 23 games.
22: Outfielder Thomas Neal, who played four games for the Yankees last season, caught a bad break - literally - when a shoulder injury ended his season just as he was starting to get regular playing time with the Cubs. In 2014, Neal is now with the Reds organization, and while he has hit just .182 through his first 14 games at Triple-A Louisville, he has re-added first base to his defensive repertoire.
9: Two of Neal's teammates in Louisville are former organization-mates with the Yankees; one it pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, who he played with at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and the other is infielder Chris Nelson, who was once the No. 9 overall pick in the MLB draft and played 10 games in pinstripes last May. This season, Nelson has been very good with the bats for the Bats, hitting .263 with two homers and 15 RBI through his first 21 games.
0: Finally, we finish with a look at the one member of the 2013 Yankees who hasn't played yet this season but is not either in the Yankees organization, on a Major League roster, or out of baseball; that's RHP Chris Bootcheck, who is technically with Brignac at Lehigh Valley but has missed the whole season with an arm injury. RHP Brett Marshall has missed the entire season with a finger injury as well, but as he is on the Reds' 60-day disabled list (and, thus, technically earning Major League service time), he is not included to make this a duo.