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Yankees lose six players to the Rule-5 draft, acquire one

The Yankees’ minor league systems is deep even beyond the flashy prospects, and as a result, they had six players they chose not to protect on the 40-man roster selected by other clubs in the Rule-5 draft. Only one of the six Yankees, RHP Nick Green, was selected in the Major League phase, while five players were selected in the Triple-A phase. The Yankees chose one player of their own in the Triple-A phase in RHP Adonis De la Cruz. A friendly reminder for those who are not familiar with the Rule-5 draft, the teams who select these players must keep them on their active roster of either the Major League or Triple-A team, depending on the phase of selection, or be offered back to their former club. Here is a breakdown of Cruz and who the Yankees lost:

BBB Top Prospect Countdown #19: Thairo Estrada

Signed in November 2012 as an international free agent for only $49,000 along with higher touted prospects Jorge Mateo and Luis Torrens, infielder Thairo Estrada is slowly emerging as one of the most underrated members of the Yankees farm system after conquering short­-season ball as one of the youngest members of the New York­ Penn League in 2015 at the age of 19.


Breakdown
Listed at only 5’10” and 155 lbs, Estrada has been playing in the Yankees system for three years now, making his debut as a 17 year old for the Yankees Gulf Coast League team and hitting .278 in 49 games. In 2015, Estrada played for Staten Island and hit .267 with two home runs and 23 RBIs in 63 games. With only four home runs in 504 minor league at bats, don’t expect Estrada to ever hit for power.

Projection
With the Yankees possessing quality middle infield depth across the pipeline, Estrada will likely begin the 2016 season with the full season Charleston Riverdogs and continue to develop as an all­around player looking to find a niche at either shortstop or second base.

You can view his minor league stats here.
You can keep up with our full top 30 list with links to our breakdowns HERE.

Article by: Julian Bussells
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