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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:

Gleyber Torres powers his way to Player of the Week award

Gleyber Torres, the Yankees 21-year-old phenom, has been named the American League Player of the Week for the week of May 21-27. It is the first award won by the young second baseman, who has been in the big leagues for just five weeks.

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During the six-game span, Torres posted a slash line of .368/.429/1.158 to go along with five homers, five runs scored, and nine RBIs. On Friday night, he hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning which would prove to be the difference in the game. It was his fifth round-tripper in four games, and it carried historical significance. The blast made Gleyber the youngest player in American League history to homer in four consecutive games. He is also the fourth youngest player since 1900 to accomplish the feat, older than only Miguel Cabrera, Andruw Jones, and Albert Pujols.

This is the second time this season a Yankee has won Player of the Week honors. The first player to win the award was Didi Gregorius during the week of April 30.