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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 purchase the contract of LHP Ryan Bollinger, option Gallegos

In a somewhat surprising move, the Yankees have purchased the contract of LHP Ryan Bollinger from Double-A to serve as an extra arm in the bullpen after AJ Cole and Gallegos both pitched a lot yesterday following German’s subpar outing.
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Bollinger, 27, was drafted in the 47th round in the 2009 draft by the Phillies and has been pitching in Independent ball, Australia, and Germany since 2014. In his first and only season in the Yankees organization the 6’5”, 230-pound southpaw is 3-1 in five starts between Trenton and Scranton and posted a 1.86 ERA. He has accumulated a 0.86 WHIP, 7.0 K/9, and 2.2 BB/9.

This will be his first stint in the majors and is a feel-good story for the Yankees. He won’t likely stick with the big-league team for long with Tommy Kahnle on the mend.

Article by: Ryan Thoms