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Ben Gamel with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Cheryl Pursell)

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Yankees Add 3 Prospects to 40-Man Roster

This afternoon the New York Yankees announced that they have added 3 minor leaguers to their 40-man roster in advance of the deadline to finalize their roster.  The three prospects added to the roster were right-handed pitchers Rookie Davis and Johnny Barbato as well as outfielder Ben Gamel.

With those three additions the Yankees roster is now completely full.

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Rookie Davis  (Robert M Pimpsner)

Rookie Davis (Robert M Pimpsner)

Davis, 22, is the youngest of the three and had a break out year this past season.  He threw 130 2/3 innings over 25 games between the Tampa Yankees and Trenton Thunder earning an 8-7 record with a combined 3.86 ERA.  He combines a mid-90s fastball with a low-80s curveball and a developing change up.  A three-pitch repertoire that could play very well in the majors.  Rookie has been in the Yankees organization since he was drafted in the 14th round of the 2011 First-Year-Player Draft and has slowly ascended up the latter.[/nextpage]

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Johnny Barbato (Jessica Kovalcin)

Johnny Barbato (Jessica Kovalcin)

Barbato, 23, was acquired by the Yankees almost a year ago in a deal that sent MLB reliever Shawn Kelly to the Padres.  In his first season with the organization he pitched to a 2.67 ERA over 67 1/3 innings in 40 games.  Of those 40, 26 came with the Double-A Trenton Thunder where he was 2-2 with a 4.04 ERA over 42 1/3 innings pitched.  He was later promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he allowed just 1 run over 25 innings across 14 games.  He is a three-pitch pitcher with a fastball that sits at 94 out of the bullpen, a knuckle-curve and a decent changeup.[/nextpage]

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Ben Gamel (Cheryl Pursell)

Ben Gamel (Cheryl Pursell)

Gamel, 23, was the breakout start of the Yankees farm system in 2015.  He started the season as the fourth outfielder off the bench for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and ended it being named the International League Rookie-of-the-Year.  In the time between he hit .300 with 28 doubles, 14 triples and 10 homeruns over 129 games for the RailRiders.  Gamel joins fellow Baby Bombers Mason Williams and Slade Heathcott on the 40-man, all 3 are left-handed hitters.[/nextpage]

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