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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 OF Ryder Green from Karns High School with the 97th pick of the third round

The Yankees continued their trend of drafting position players on day two of the 2018 draft as they selected an outfielder named Ryder Green from Karns High School in Tennesse. Green is committed to Vanderbilt University and was rated as the 82nd best draft prospect according to MLB.com

Photo Credit: Knoxville News Sentinel 

Green was born on May 5, 2000 and stands at 6’2”, 205 pounds. He is known for his power, which is one of the best among all high school prospects. He projects as a corner outfielder, but played center in high school, which shows his athleticism. He has a plus throwing-arm and has been clocked in the low 90’s on the mound with a solid curveball.

Green is the second high school player taken by the Yanks in the draft’s first three rounds and is another example of how the Yankees are dedicated to beefing up their position player depth in the organization.

Article by: Ryan Thoms