Originally written on Baseball News Source  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Kyle Roller plays a position currently blocked by two different players for his Major League parent club, the New York Yankees.He is already 25-years-old and not considered a top 20 prospect in his own minor league system. As an eighth round pick for New York in 2010, he’s not considered an elite talent.Still, for his current franchise with an anemic offense and little production from the DH spot, middle of the lineup or first base since Mark Teixeira‘s return, Roller is a bat New York may watch more closely for the next couple of seasons.To be direct, Teixeira is not going anywhere and the Yankees are currently using Lyle Overbay in the outfield just to hold onto his bat, so even if Tex were to get hurt, New York already has a first base solution on the MLB roster.It’s worth noting Roller is hitting .282/.369/.849 and has launched nine homers, 26 extra base hits and leads number three prospect, Tyler Austin, albeit four years younger, in batting average and on base percentage for Trenton.Roller has struck out 70 times in 227 AB, which is about a 200K pace in a full season, two levels below MLB pitching, but if he continues to get on base and hit the ball hard he should at least be considered for a AAA call-up.Players like Slade Heathcott, Mason Williams and Rob Segedin are all guys with better numbers or much higher ceilings, but all of them are also hurt. Roller is healthy and rolling and one of those players good to have around in the organization in the event he can become another Shane Spencer.With this organization this year and next, the Yankees should have plenty of need for a role like that if Roller can make more contact and keep progressing. Otherwise,  he can fill a AAA spot if someone like Zoilo Almonte, Corban Joseph or Ronnier Mustelier gets called up at some point.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Max Scherzer thanks Tigers with full page newspaper ad

Ray Lewis: Patriots should have asterisk for cheating

Report: Cavs players believed team lacked depth

Richard Sherman calls out Kraft, Goodell over their friendship

Brandon Jennings to miss 6-9 months with Achilles injury

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Josh Gordon tests positive for alcohol

Report: Yankees reject A-Rod's request for apology meeting

Jim Harbaugh has landed three recruits in 24 hours

Report: NFL tried to catch Patriots in the act

John Harbaugh: Bill Belichick is best coach of this century

Van Gundy rips Bulls management about Thibs

WATCH: Hassan Whiteside blocks five shots in 7 minutes

Duke unveils 'K' hats after Coach K's 1,000th victory

Irina Shayk dumped Ronaldo over cheating rumors?

Mike Napoli almost retired because of sleep apnea

WATCH: 'Saturday Night Live' takes on Deflategate

Should Tom Izzo be worried about his Spartans?

Five potentially fatal flaws for Seahawks in the Super Bowl

WATCH: Urban, OSU students send message to Mark May

The five best Super Bowl matchups ever

WATCH: Mike Riley gets big welcome at Nebraska game

Leonard Fournette's brother commits to LSU

Bledsoe not happy about other QBs trashing Brady

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Brandon Jennings out 6-9 months

Josh Gordon tests positive for alcohol

Report: A-Rod's apology meeting request gets rejected

Harbaugh rapidly landing recruits

WATCH: 'SNL' spoofs Deflategate

NFL tried to catch Pats in act?

Bill Nye: Belichick didn't make sense

Is it time for Tom Izzo to worry?

Jennings suffers horrific injury

Seahawks GM: I love Lynch's act

Lane Kiffin staying with Alabama

Belichick goes 'My Cousin Vinny'

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.