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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 MLB Draft 2018: Yankees select C Anthony Seigler from Cartersville HS with the 23rd pick of the first round

With the 23rd pick of the 2018 draft, the New York Yankees have selected a switch-hitting catcher named Anthony Seigler. Seigler was ranked 46th overall by MLB.com and hit .429 with 13 HR and 16 SB as a senior in high school. As a switch-pitcher, not a typo,  he accumulated a 1.09 ERA over 25.2 innings and had a 29:4 K:BB. He is committed to Florida, but he was picked higher than projected and should sign with the Yankees right out of high school.

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Seigler is a 5’11”, 200-pound 18-year-old from Cartersville, Georgia who impressed scouts with his baseball IQ and fundamentals behind the plate. He features sneaky power and speed as he had double digit stolen bases and homers in his senior season. His best tools according to MLB.com are his throwing arm, defense, and ability to put the bat on the ball.

He started at catcher for the USA youth national team and has received rave reviews on his pitch framing ability and quick transfer behind the dish. He is ambidextrous and can pitch from both sides, but will likely remain behind the plate in the Yankees’ system. He has received a skillset comparison to Austin Barnes of the Dodgers due to his contact rate, athleticism, and ability to play anywhere on the field.

His work ethic has been labeled as phenomenal due to his drive to achieve his dreams of playing Major League Baseball. He should be a welcomed addition to the Yankees’ farm system, and he was showing nothing but smiles at the MLBN MLB Draft live telecast. 

Article by: Ryan Thoms