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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:

Yankees acquire catcher Wilkin Castillo from Long Island Ducks

The New York Yankees have purchased the contract of Wilkin Castillo, a catcher from the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Castillo played a total of 22 MLB games between 2008-2009 with the Cincinnati Reds. This season, he has hit .314 with two home runs and 12 RBIs in 20 games with the Ducks.

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However, this isn’t Castillo’s first experience playing for the Yankees. In 2017, he played 59 games between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with three home runs, 13 RBIs, and 11 walks.

The Dominican Republic native has been assigned back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. It is unlikely that the 33-year-old will play in the majors anytime soon, but he will provide additional catching depth for the RailRiders.

Article by Isabella Anton