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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 RHP Franklin German with 127th pick in fourth round

The Yankees fourth round selection is Franklin German, a right-handed pitcher from the University of North Florida. German stands at 6-2, and boasts an impressive curveball to go with a low-90s fastball and an average changeup. As an Osprey, German held a 1.58 ERA, an 8-3 record and a pair of complete games in his 14 starts and 91.1 innings, good enough to earn a First Team Atlantic Sun All-Conference nod, as well as being named conference pitcher of the week twice. 

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German was born in Queens, N.Y. on September 22, 1997, so he is no stranger to the bright lights of New York City. The Bombers are no stranger to talented pitching prospects, and it looks like they’ve added another one in German. 

Article by: Gus Wetekamp