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Yankees Release 13 MiLB Players as Spring Training Nears End

The New York Yankees added 13 more players to the list of prospects they have released this spring as minor league spring training enters its final stretch before the regular season begins.  Among those players released were infielders Griffin Garabito, Jesus Graterol, and Oscar Sanabria as well as catcher Carlos A. Rodriguez, outfielder Andy Diaz, and pitchers Bringnel Mendez, Daison Manzano, Jean Luna, Marcos Arguello, Nestor Oronel, Gabriel Gonzalez, Jairo Garcia, and Carfred Espana.

Garabito, 21, has been with the Yankees since he signed as an international free agent on July 2, 2014.  He spent most of his career in the infield, playing 104 games at second base, 78 at third base, eight at shortstop and one at first base.  He also had two games in the outfield.  Garabito hit a combined .245/.304/.350 in 199 career minor league games, all of them at the Rookie level.

Graterol, 21, was signed as an international free agent on July 2, 2015.  In three seasons in the farm system, he hit .222/.287/.291 with 14 doubles, five triples and a home run with 30 RBIs. He spent most of his career in the Gulf Coast League.

Sanabria, 17, spent just one season in the system since signing as an international free agent on October 2, 2017.  He hit just .170/.286/.191 with a double and four RBIs for the DSL Yankees in 2018.

Diaz, 23, signed as an international free agent in January 2014 and spent five seasons in the organization.  In 211 career minor league games he hit .230/.324/.392 reaching as high as Double-A Trenton for one game in 2018.  Most of his career was spent at the Rookie-level with 47 games at the short-season a level.

Rodriguez, 20, was signed as a free agent on January 18, 2018, and played in 11 games for the DSL Yankees in 2018.  He hit just .152/.282/.273 with two doubles, a triple and three RBIs.

Mendez, 25, spent four seasons in the Yankees organization since he was signed as a free agent on June 15, 2014.  He appeared in 58 games out of the bullpen and struck out 87 batters in 111 2/3 innings with 42 strikeouts. He owned a 9-3 record with a 2.66 ERA.

Manzano, 20, last pitched in 2017 in the Dominican Summer League where he went 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched.  It was his only season he played.

Luna, 22, signed with the Yankees as a free agent on August 15, 2016, but never played in a game for them, having spent almost his entire career on the 60-day disabled list.

Arguello, 21, played in two seasons for the Yankees both in the Dominican Summer League.  He went a combined 1-1 with a 3.41 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 29 innings pitched.

Oronel, 22, was signed by the Yankees as a minor league free agent in 2018 after he was released by the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He appeared in 12 games for the GCL Yankees in 2018, three starts, and struck out 17 batters in 15 2/3 innings.

Gonzalez, 20, was signed as an international free agent in 2016 and went on to pitch for the Yankees in 2016 and 2017.  Between both seasons he went 4-2 with a 6.94 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings.  He did not pitch in 2018.

Garcia, 24, pitched for the Yankees organization in five seasons from 2014-2018.  He appeared in 67 games, 30 starts, striking out 166 batters in 196 1/3 innings of work.

Espana, 19, went 0-1 with a 10.43 ERA in 11 games out of the bullpen between the 2017 and 2018 seasons.  He struck out 16 batters in 14 2/3 innings.

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