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Thunder pitcher Jose Mesa Jr. works in relief against the Altoona Curve during game one of the Eastern League Championship Series in Trenton, NJ on September 12, 2017. (Martin Griff)


Yankees Release 14 MiLB Players from their Contracts

With all the 2019 draft picks signing and the short-season leagues underway the Yankees made several cuts throughout the minors, releasing 14 players from their contracts.

Among those released were pitchers Juan Carderon, Abel Duarte, Jose Mesa Jr. Rafael Severino, and Elvin Serrano.

Carderon, 20, played two seasons in the Dominican Summer League where he earned a 3-3 record with a 4.28 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings of work.

Duarte, 25, as pitched for the Yankees organization in five seasons. He reached as high as Class-A Short Season Staten Island. In 61 career minor league games he owns a 15-12 record with a 3.48 ERA and 175 strikeouts in 202 innings of work.

Jose Mesa Jr. (Martin Griff)

Mesa, 25, has been with the Yankees since being drafted in the 12th round of the 2012 draft. The son of former MLB reliever Jose Mesa put together a solid minor league career, going 14-5 with a 3.34 ERA and 268 strikeouts over 205 innings of work. He reached as high as Double-A and was taken by the Orioles in the Rule 5 draft in 2017.

Severino, 20, is the brother of Yankees starter Luis Severino. He was signed on July 2, 2018 and did not appear in any games for the Yankees organization.

Serrano, 20, pitched in seven games for the DSL Yankees in 2018.  He pitched to a 24.92 ERA, striking out four batters and walking 11 over 4 1/3 innings.

Also released were outfielders Bryant Arrieche, Brayan Emry, Alexander Santana, and Junior Soto. As well as infielders Miguel Flames, Matt McGarry, Carlos Moreno, and Carlos Tatis and catcher Mario Morillo.

Morillo, 20, hit just .154/.308/.269 over 52 at-bats in 15 games for the Dominican Summer League Yankees in 2018.

Junior Soto (Robert M. Pimpsner)

Soto, 22, was selected by the Yankees in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft in 2017.  He spent 2018 in Short Season Staten Island hitting .224/.258/.347 over 61 games.  He appeared in 11 games for the Charleston RiverDogs in 2019 hitting only .083/.081/.167.

Emery, 21, a member of the infamous 2014 international free agent class, Emery never made it out of Rookie ball. The lefty-hitting outfielder hit just .198/.321/.304 in 119 MiLB games.

Santana, 18, signed with the Yankees on July 7, 2016, and hit .244/.328/.382 over 97 games between the DSL Yankees and the GCL Yankees. He struck out a total of 124 times over 348 at-bats.

Miguel Flames (Robert M. Pimpsner)

Flames, 21, was another member of the famed 2014 international free agent class. The first baseman hit .274/.338/.380 over 189 MiLB games, reaching as high as Class-A Charleston. Most recently he hit a grand slam for the Staten Island Yankees, helping lead them to victory over the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Tatis, 22, signed with the Yankees n February 17, 2014, and over five seasons he did not play above Rookie-ball.  Over 187 career minor league games he hit .266/.335/.379 with 140 strikeouts over 681 at-bats.

Moreno, 20, appeared in 38 games for the Dominican Summer League Yankees in 2018.  He hit .230/.296/.320 with 39 strikeouts over 122 at-bats.

McGarry, 23, was drafted by the Yankees in the 34th round of the 2018 draft. He appeared in 35 games for the GCL Yankees and Tampa Tarpons in 2018 hitting .269/.415/.337.  He played just two games for the Pulaski Yankees this season before being released.


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