The New York Yankees were raided a bit in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft. In total five Yankees, minor leaguers were selected in the Triple-A phase, each selected by a different organization.
Among those selected was right-handed pitcher Anyelo Gomez, who was also taken in the major league phase of the draft in 2017 by the Braves. This time around he was selected by the rival Boston Red Sox and will not need to be returned to the Yankees.
Gomez’s season ended after just seven games in Triple-A in 2018, requiring shoulder surgery.
Selected by the Oakland Athletics was outfielder Mark Payton, who has become an upper-level mainstay for the Yankees over the last few years. Payton hit .274/.354/.406 in four seasons with the Yankees organization, spending parts of the last three in Triple-A.
Catcher Chris Rabago was taken by the Kansas City Royals. The 25-year-old only played seven games with the Double-A Trenton Thunder after being claimed off waivers by the Yankees. The 25-year-old hit .255/.327/.353 in 331 career games between the Rockies and Yankees farm systems.
Right-handed pitcher Alexander Vargas was taken by the Chicago Cubs. Vargas played at three different levels in 2018, spending most of the season with Class-A Charleston but having one game in the Florida State League and two in the Eastern League. In total, he was 5-1 with a 4.01 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 83 innings pitched in 2018.
Gilmael Troya was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies. The 21-year-old was part of the 2014 international free agent class and has yet to pitch above Rookie-ball. In his four seasons with the Yankees, he owns an 11-10 record with a 2.90 ERA and 215 strikeouts in 202 innings of work.