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

Raynel Espinal

Trenton Thunder’s Raynel Espinal pitched well in 3 2/3 innings on Monday. (Martin Griff)

Raynel Espinal, 26, started the 2017 season with the Charleston RiverDogs where in 10 games he was 2-1 with a 1.16 ERA over 38 2/3 innings pitched.  He struck out 44 batters and walked only 4.  On June 26 he was promoted to High-A Tampa, where he went 0-1 with a 1.69 ERA and 21 strikeouts over 16 innings in 8 games, one start.  He received his final promotion of the year on July 22 when he joined the Double-A Trenton Thunder.

In his first taste of Double-A baseball, Espinal went 2-0 with a 0.46 ERA in the regular season.  He struck out 28 more batters in 19 2/3 innings.  During the Eastern League playoffs, Espinal made two relief appearances.  He did not allow a run or a walk but allowed two hits in 3 2/3 innings of work while striking out three batters.

Espinal throws a fastball that is usually in the low-90s but is deceptive.  He backs it up with average secondary stuff.

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