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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:

Aaron Judge wins American League Player of the Week

As first announced by Major League Baseball a few hours ago, Aaron Judge has been named the American League Player of the Week. The awards keep coming for the Yankees’ right fielder, who has been consistently dominant all season long, both offensively and defensively.
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Over the past week, Judge hit an incredible .500/.600/1.000, all of which were tops in the AL. He crushed three home runs, in addition to six RBIs, six walks, and ten runs scored. Of the six games the Bombers played, Judge collected four multi-hit games. The biggest moment of the week was undoubtedly the mammoth 495-foot bomb he hit against the Orioles yesterday. It was the longest homer of his young career, and tied for the second longest ever measured by MLB’s Statcast.
Thanks to his huge week, Judge now leads the American League in all three of the Triple Crown categories. While it’s still early, it is an impressive feat nonetheless, and one baseball fans should keep an eye on as the season progresses. He would be the first player to win the award since Miguel Cabrera in 2012 and the first Yankee to accomplish the feat since Mickey Mantle in 1956.

Aaron Judge has turned the heads of everyone around the world of baseball. He is racking up awards, while putting up video game-type numbers. As he continues to slug his way through the season, the question asked by everyone is: What else can this phenom do?

Article by: Dan DeGregorio