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New York Yankees outfielder Jonathan Amundaray (77) during an Instructional League game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 18, 2014 at the Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida. (Mike Janes/Four Seam Images via AP Images)

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Yankees Release 9 Heading into DSL Season

The New York Yankees have released nine players from their contracts as the Dominican Summer League Yankees began their 2018 season.  Among the players released were two players signed as part of the 2014 International Free Agent splurge.

The biggest name released is outfielder Jonathan Amundaray.  Amundaray signed with the Yankees for $1.5 million on July 2, 2014.  At the time he was ranked by MLB as the number seven prospect for the 2014 international signing period.  The talent, however, did not translate into games.  In 77 games over three seasons, he hit just .213/.289/.295 in 254 at bats with 10 doubles, a triple and three home runs.

The other member of the 2014 International Free Agent class that was released is outfielder Lisandro Blanco.  Blanco signed for $500,000 back in 2014 and had hit .211/.324/.299 in 100 games across three minor league seasons.

The remaining seven players that were released were infielder Yeison Corredera, catchers Samuel De La Cruz, Malvin Del Orbe, Roberto Espinosa, and Eduardo Rodriguez, as well as outfielders Victor Hernandez and Jhon Moronto.

Corredera was signed by the Yankees on February 21, 2013, and reached as high as Rookie-advanced Pulaski last season.  In four seasons in the minors, he hit .204/.280/.306 in 147 games.

De La Cruz was signed on July 6, 2014, and appeared in 44 professional games in 2016 and 2017.  In the Gulf Coast League last season, he hit .275/.396/.350 in 17 games.

Del Orbe hit .195/.213/.247 over 26 games in 2017 with the Dominican Summer League Yankees and the Gulf Coast League Yankees.  The Yankees signed him on July 2, 2016.

Espinosa has played both catcher and first base for the Dominican Summer League Yankees in 2016 and 2017.  In 60 professional games, he hit .232/.288/.320.

Rodriguez was signed as an international free agent on July 2, 2016, but has not yet played a game professionally.

Hernandez was signed on July 2, 2016, and went 9-for-57 for the DSL Yankees in 2017 in his professional debut.  He had two doubles, two triples, four RBIs and six walks.

Moronto signed with the Yankees on September 29, 2015, and played 113 games between the DSL Yankees and GCL Yankees in 2016 and 2017.  He hit .265/.358/.335 in 285 at-bats.

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