It is that time again, we are at the point in the off season when those players who have been in the minors for several years can elected free agency. On the first day those who are eligible were able to declare their status as free agents 9 Yankees minor leaguers did just that. The list included right-handed pitchers Andury Acevedo, Scottie Allen, and Joel De La Cruz as well as left-handed pitchers Aaron Dott and Jose De Paula as well as catchers Francisco Arcia and Juan Graterol. Infielders Ali Castillo and Cole Figueroa also declared free agency to round out the list.
Andury Acevedo – RHP
Right-handed pitcher Andury Acevedo joined the Yankees organization in 2012 after previously being in the Pirates system for 4 years as an infielder and outfielder. After moving to the mound he signed a free agent contract with the Bronx Bombers on February 6, 2012. Since that time he has compiled an 8-8 record with an even 4.00 ERA over 123 2/3 innings in 95 games. Acevedo spent the 2015 season with 3 Yankees affiliates, posting a 1.40 ERA with the Tampa Yankees, a 3.54 ERA with the Trenton Thunder and a 2.31 ERA with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
Scottie Allen – RHP
Scottie Allen has been with the Yankees since November 2010 when he was traded to New York from Arizona in exchange for Juan Miranda. Allen spent most of his minor league career as a starting pitcher but has not made an appearance in a game since 2013 as he has spent the entire 2014 and 2015 seasons on the disabled list. In his last season in 2013 he went 11-5 with a 3.21 ERA over 25 games between the Tampa Yankees and Trenton Thunder.
Francisco Arcia – Catcher
Catcher Francisco Arcia originally signed with the Yankees as an International Free Agent on July 2, 2006 and has spent his entire professional career in the organization. Arcia spent all of 2015 in Double-A Trenton where he served primarily as the backup catcher to Gary Sanchez. In 70 games he hit .248 with 8 doubles and 3 homeruns. He has reached as high as Triple-A, playing for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in 2014.
Aaron Dott – LHP
Originally a 31st round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009, Aaron Dott has been with the Yankees organization since he signed a free agent contract on June 22, 2011. Since that time he has made it as high as Double-A Trenton where in 2014 he had a 0-0 record with a 3.91 ERA in 21 games, throwing 25 1/3 innings. In 2015 he only appeared in 5 games, all of them in the Gulf Coast League where he was 0-0 with a 12.46 ERA and just 1 strike out in 4 1/3 innings.
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Cole Figueroa – INF
The Yankees signed infielder Cole Figueroa to a minor league contract in December 2014 and in his first season in the organization he was solid. He spent the majority of the season with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders where he hit .292 with 19 doubles, 1 triple and 3 homeruns while driving in 44 runs. He had a brief 2-game appearance with the big club where he hit .250 in just 8 at bats. His 2 MLB hits this past season were doubles.
Ali Castillo – INF
Originally signed by the Yankees as an international free agent in October of 2007, Ali Castillo has spent his entire professional career in the organization. This past season he spent the majority of the year with the Double-A Trenton Thunder where in 68 games he hit .269 with 5 doubles and 2 homeruns. Ali also had 20 games in Triple-A where he hit .367 with 8 doubles for the RailRiders. Castillo played all over the infield and even some outfield with the Yankees organization, making him one of the most versatile players they had.
Joel De La Cruz – RHP
Right-handed pitcher Joel De La Cruz spent some time with the Brewers and Nationals Organization before the Yankees took a chance and signed him as a free agent in 2010. Since that time he has been with the Bronx Bombers, working his way up through the system, reaching as high as Triple-A. This past season he pitched in just 23 games between the Double-A Trenton Thunder and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. In that time he had an 8-2 record with a 3.31 ERA between the two levels while working primarily as a reliever but did have 9 starts. In 84 1/3 innings he struck out just 42 batters.
Jose DePaula – LHP
Jose DePaula was signed by the Yankees as a free agent in November 2014 and went on to make his major league debut in 2015 with New York. In just one game in the bigs he allowed 1 run over 3 1/3 innings. He spent most of the season in Triple-A where he owned a 2-3 record with a 5.20 ERA over 6 games and 27 2/3 innings.
Juan Graterol – Catcher
The Yankee signed catcher Juan Graterol on December 10, 2014 and spent time at 3 different levels in the organization during the 2015 season. Overall though he played in just 28 games between Class-A Charleston, Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. This past season he hit just .198 with 2 doubles and a homerun.