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Charleston RiverDogs right fielder Carlos Vidal during a game against the Lakewood BlueClaws at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in Charleston, SC on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. (Martin Griff)


Yankees Release Several MiLB Prospects

With spring training almost here, the Yankees are doing some house cleaning in the minor leagues, releasing several prospects and announcing the retirement of a few others.

Right-handed pitchers Connor Van Hoose and Connor Jones retired while the Yankees released Miles Chambers, Mitchell Hansen, Matt McPhearson, and Carlos Vidal.

Van Hoose was the Yankees eighth-round draft pick in 2018 and appeared in just three games out of the bullpen for the Gulf Coast League Yankees in 2018, allowing two earned runs in three innings and striking out two.

Connor Jones was the Yankees 11th round draft pick in 2016 and had not made it higher than the Gulf Coast League Yankees.  In two seasons he played in just nine games and pitched to a 6.27 ERA and a 0-4 record with 22 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings.

Miles Chambers was a 20th round pick of the Yankees in the 2016 draft and played just one season with the Yankees in 2016, spending the rest of his time in the organization injured. In 15 games out of the bullpen in 2016 for the Pulaski Yankees, he had a 5.92 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings.

Hansen was signed by the Yankees as a minor league free agent on June 28, 2018, and appeared in 40 games for the Charleston RiverDogs where he hit .190/.274/.314 with five doubles and five triples for the Yankees South Atlantic League Affiliate.

Matt McPhearson signed with the Yankees as a minor league free agent on April 1, 2018, and spent the 2018 season in the South Atlantic League. With the RiverDogs he appeared in just 33 games hitting .266/.365/.358 but spent the majority of the season on the disabled list.

Carlos Vidal was signed as an international free agent by the Yankees in 2014 and spent five seasons in the organization, reaching as high as High-A Tampa.  In 289 career minor league games he hit .295/.384/.423 but battled injuries throughout his career that limited his time on the field.

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