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Nathan Mikolas watching as the ball goes high in the sky, he would make it to second base with an infield double. (Robert M. Pimpsner)

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Yankees Release Former Third Round Pick, RHP Retires

The New York Yankees have released former third-round draft pick Nathan Mikolas from his minor-league contract.  Mikolas, 23, was the 124th overall draft pick in the 2012 First-Year-Player Draft out of Bradford High School.

The former Baby Bomber made it as high as Class-A Charleston in 2016 where he hit .225/.297/.333 in 39 games for the South Atlantic League affiliate.  Overall, he has appeared in 242 minor league games with a career hitting line of .235/.336/.344.  Mikolas’ best season came in 2015 when he hit .285/.374/.409 in 52 games for the Rookie-level Pulaski Yankees.

Chad Taylor(Bryan Green)

In other transaction news, right-handed pitcher Chad Taylor has retired from the sport.  Taylor, 26, was once the 13th round draft pick for the Chicago Cubs in the 2009 draft.  He did not sign and opted to go to South Florida.  The Yankees signed him as a non-drafted free agent in 2013.  In three minor league seasons, he was 10-7 with a 2.62 ERA over 67 games, 6 starts, and struck out 101 batters in 113 1/3 inning while limiting opposing hitters to just a .202 batting average.  He played as high as Advanced-A Tampa Yankees in 2015.

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