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Torres, Wade Headline Yankees Arizona Fall League Contigent

The New York Yankees announced today that they would be sending Greg Bird, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade and Brody Koerner to participate in the Arizona Fall League this off-season.

Bird, 23, will be making his return to game action in the AFL after missing the entire 2016 season due to surgery on his right labrum. He last played in the Arizona Fall League in 2014 where he hit .313 for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

Throughout Bird minor league career he hit .282 and was considered the fourth-best prospect in the Yankees farm system before being called up to the majors in 2015. While in the big leagues he hit .261 in 157 at bats over 46 games, earning the admiration of fans.

Torres, 19, is the number two prospect in the Yankees farm system and has spent all of the 2016 season in Single-A. The Yankees acquired him in July when they traded closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs. This season he has hit .273 over 123 games between the to organizations with 21 stolen bases.

Andujar, 21, will be heading to the AFL for the first time, and the Yankees will want to get an extended look at the third baseman before they decide whether or not to add him to the 40-man roster. He was a Florida State League All-Star in 2015 and 2016 and after the all-star break, he was promoted to the Double-A Trenton Thunder. This season between the two levels he hit .271 with 24 doubles, four triples, and 11 home runs.

Wade,21, will be making his return to the Arizona Fall League after hitting .220 for the Surprise Saguaros last fall. This season he has impressed as the primary shortstop for the Double-A Trenton Thunder where he hit.265in 128 games.

Koerner, 22, has only appeared in 26 games this season, five starts, between the Single-A Charleston RiverDogs and the Tampa Yankees. He owned a 5-1 record with a 1.56 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings before being placed on the disabled list on May 5, 2016. He has not pitched since.

The Yankees have three more open pitching spots that can be filled anytime between now and the start of the AFL season. It is likely the Yankees would want to send some pitchers who have missed a considerable amount of time this season to get them work and prepare for the 2017 season.

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