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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 2B/OF Brandon Lockridge from Troy University with the 157th pick of the fifth round

The Yankees have selected their second outfielder in the 2018 draft, a 6’1”, 185-pound righty named Brandon Lockridge. Lockridge currently plays baseball for Troy University.
Photo Credit: Troy Athletics

Lockridge, born on March 14, 1997, is primarily a second baseman but was drafted as an outfielder for the Yankees. According to MLB.com, he has shown promise in CF but has a fringe arm. He played in all 56 games for the Trojans this season, batting .303 with 24 extra-base hits.
With a 70-to-80 grade run tool, Lockridge is known for his speed. He stole 25 bases in 27 attempts this season.

The Yankees will continue to seek out talented position players to balance out their surplus of highly-ranked pitching prospects.

Article by: Isabella Anton