Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Yankees Release Seven MiLB Pitchers

The New York Yankees have released seven minor league pitching prospects this month according to our friends over at Pinstriped Prospects. The list includes seven names that many casual fans have never heard of including Artur Strzalka, Rafel Ordaz, Leonardo Garcia, Deshorn Lake, Moises Cedeno, Icezack Flemming and Zack Wasserman.

Strzalka is a name I recognize but only because he was the first player to be born and raised in Poland to sign with a Major League team. Strzalka struggled in 21 games with the Gulf Coast League Yankees before being cut lasting just 29 innings with New York.

Much of the rest of the list is compiled of players who were signed as International Free Agents that never made it much higher than the Dominican Summer League with one exception, Flemming. Flemming was selected in the 26th round of the 2015 MLB First Year Players Draft by the Yankees and climbed all the way to High-A Tampa with the Tampa Yankees before finishing the 2016 season in Pulaski.

Good luck to all seven of these young men as they begin the next chapter in their careers. 

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Sorry for the Capatcha... Blame the Russians :)