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7 Yankees Prospects That Could Be Selected in MLB Rule 5 Draft

Nestor Cortes

Trenton Thunder’s Nestor Cortes works in relief against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies in Trenton on Thursday, June 01, 2017. (Martin Griff)

Nestor Cortes, 22, pitched at three different levels including the Florida State League, Eastern League and the International League in 2017.  He spent most of the season in Double-A with the Thunder where he was 5-0 with a 2.60 ERA over 18 games where he struck out 45 in 52 innings.  In Triple-A he went 2-4 with a 1.49 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings.

Between all three levels, Cortes ended the season with a 7-4 record and a 2.06 ERA and 105 strikeouts in 104 2/3 innings pitched.  This winter he is pitching in the Dominican Republic for Estrellas Orientales.  On November 4 he threw six hitless innings and overall has a 2-1 record with a 1.25 ERA in 21 2/3 innings pitched.

Cortes does not throw particularly hard.  He has a fastball that is anywhere between the high-80s and low-90s and topping out at 93 miles per hour. He locates his fastball well compliments it with a changeup that sits between 75-70 miles per hour, a curveball in the low-mid-70s and a slider that is in the high-70s.  He works mostly down in the zone and moves it well to either side to keep hitters off balance and get outs.

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