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Lefty Nestor Cortes with the Pulaski Yankees (Photo by Allen Greene)

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Cortes Called Up to Double-A, Gabay to Tampa as RiverDogs Pitching Continues to Climb the Ladder

Domingo German, a former member of the Marlins 40-man roster joins RiverDogs

ROME, GA –The New York Yankees have announced that RiverDogs lefty Nestor Cortes has been called up to Double-A Trenton. Right-handed hurler Willie Gabay was also promoted to High-A Tampa as RHP Domingo German has been assigned to Class A Charleston in a corresponding move.

With the call ups of two more Charleston hurlers, the Yankees have now called up ten RiverDogs to the next levels of the system, eight pitchers and two position players.

Cortes, a 21-year-old lefty out of Hialeah, FL, has dominated South Atlantic League hitters since a midseason call up to Charleston on May 6. After posting his second consecutive scoreless start going a career-high seven innings against West Virginia on June 19, Cortes lowered his ERA to an astounding 0.828 mark to go along with a 4-1 record. The Yankees’ 36th round pick in 2013 has struck out an impressive 53 batters in 43.2 innings, an average of 10.9 per nine innings, while walking just 11 and opponents hitting a measly .119 against him.

After throwing six innings, giving up no runs, two hits, one walk, and 12 strikeouts against Columbia on May 19, Cortes was named the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week, garnering league weekly honors for the second time in his career.

Now in his second season as a pro, Cortes debuted in the Gulf Coast League where he would spend two seasons, logging a 4.42 ERA in ten appearances in his first year, before posting a sub-3.00 ERA in each of the next two campaigns. The 5’11” southpaw was named an Appalachian League Postseason All-Star in 2015 after logging 63.2 innings with 66 strikeouts and ten walks with the Pulaski Yankees to go along with a 6-3 record and a career best 2.26 ERA.

Gabay (pronounced GUH-bay), 24, gets the call to the Florida State League after blowing by South Atlantic League hitters with his high heat stuff. The Mahopac, NY native went 2-1 with a 4.44 ERA while punching out 27 batters and walking 13 in 24.1 innings of work with Class A Charleston this season.  The six foot righty gave up 15 hits in his 14 relief appearances with opponents hitting just .179 against him as a key backend arm in the RiverDogs dominant bullpen that helped Charleston secure the first half division title. Gabay logged two scoreless innings while striking out a pair in his Tampa debut on Saturday night.

Originally a 15th round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Rays, Gabay became the first ever player drafted out of his alma mater, Herkimer Community College in New York, in 2012. Gabay piled up 141 Ks in two seasons to become the Generals all-time strikeouts leader before being selected 482nd overall.

After his best season at the pro in 2014 when he posted a 0-1 record with a 2.57 ERA, Gabay was released by the Rays and would go on to sign a minor league contract with the Yankees in June of 2015, and spend last season in rookie ball Pulaski. With the Yankees, Gabay went 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA in 24.0 innings out of the bullpen with 20 strikeouts.

Filling in Gabay’s spot, German (pronounced hehr-MAHN), 23, will make his Yankees debut with the RiverDogs in a start on Sunday against the Braves. In a trade that sent RHP Nathan Eovaldi and IF Garrett Jones to the Marlins, German was acquired by the Yankees along with RHP David Phelps and IF Martin Prado on December 19, 2014.

German last pitched in 2014 in the South Atlantic League with the Greensboro Grasshoppers, and had a dominant season going 9-3 with a 2.48 ERA that saw him named to the All-Star Futures Game at the midpoint of the season. The native of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic led all Marlins minor leaguers in ERA while ranking fourth in the SAL. His 113 strikeouts were the fourth most in the Miami system for an average of 8.25 Ks per nine innings, the fifth best rate in the league. German issued 25 walks in 123.1 innings for an average of 1.82 walks per nine innings that was the fourth best mark amongst starters in the SAL. German was added to the Marlins 40-man roster on November 20. He was shut down after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April and would miss the entirety of the 2015 season.

Originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Marlins in 2009, German touts an impressive 20-10 record with a 2.33 ERA with 286 strikeouts in 293.2 innings his five year minor league career. The 6’2” righty spent his first two seasons as a pro in the Dominican Summer League before making his stateside debut in the rookie ball Gulf Coast League in 2012. After beginning the season with the GCL Marlins the following year, German finished the year with the Short Season Batavia Muckdogs, going 2-3 with a 1.76 ERA in eight starts.

The RiverDogs finish up their first series of the second half against the Rome Braves on Sunday afternoon at 2 pm before they return to Charleston for a seven-game homestand taking on the Greenville Drive from June 27-29 and the Augusta GreenJackets from June 30-July 3.

Ticket information for the RiverDogs homestand and any of the remaining home games can be secured by contacting the box office at (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or online at www.riverdogs.com.  RiverDogs playoff tickets for game two of the SAL Divisional Series on Friday, September 9 are now available. Those that can’t make it to the park can follow every pitch of the RiverDogs season on WTMA 1250 AM and streaming online at riverdogs.com. Listen on WTMA 1250 AM in the tri-county area.

 

–RIVERDOGS–

This post is a press release courtesy of the Charleston RiverDogs Media Relations Department.

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