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Chris Godinez rounds third base, he hit a home run off of Brandon Workman. (Robert M. Pimpsner)

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Yankees Release Another MiLB Pitcher, IF Retires

More minor league transaction news has been filtering out and among them is that the New York Yankees have released right-handed pitcher Tim Holmes and minor league infielder Chris Godinez has retired from baseball.

Holmes, 24, was signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in 2016.  He was assigned to the Gulf Coast League where he made his professional debut appearing in 14 games out of the bullpen and striking out 15 batters in 15 1/3 innings of work.  He held right-handed hitters a .186 batting average against and posted a 0.59 ERA.

Prior to signing with the Yankees, Holmes pitched for the Vallejo Admirals of the independent Pacific Association.  He was the Admiral’s closer where he was 1-0 with a 1.26 ERA and one save in nine games, striking out 30 in 14 1/3 innings.

Godinez, 23, was originally an 18th round draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2015 draft.  He made his debut in 2015 with the Rookie-level Ogden Raptors where he hit .226/.385/.301 in 30 games.  After being released, he signed with the Yankees where he split the 2016 season between the Charleston RiverDogs and the Staten Island Yankees.  In 32 games he hit .273/.403/.343 between the two levels and played all over the infield with games at third base, second base, and shortstop.

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