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Juan Escorcia. GCL Tigers v. GCL Yankees 1. Lakeland, Fla. July 3, 2015. Photo by Tom Hagerty.

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Yankees Release Ten Minor Leaguers

The New York Yankees released ten more minor league players from their contracts; this comes after releasing RHP Jeris Casanova earlier this month.  Of the ten players released in this round of cuts, there were four right-handed pitchers, four left-handed pitchers, a third baseman and a shortstop.

Most of the players that were released were on the roster of one of their Dominican Summer League teams, but two players played for the Gulf Coast League Yankees.  Those two, Luis Rosario and Juan Escorcia were right-handed pitchers.

Rosario, 21, did not play in 2016.  He split the 2015 season between the Dominican Summer League Yankees and the Gulf Coast Yankees going 2-4 with a 7.06 ERA in 13 games, ten starts.  He struck out 48 batters in 57 1/3 innings, and opposing batters hit .299 against him.  He was originally singed by the Yankees on October 9. 2013.

Escorcia, 20, was originally signed by the Yankees on December 18, 2013, and spent the last three seasons in the minors.  In 2014 he made his professional debut in the DSL where he went 3-2 with a 2.68 ERA in 9 games, one start and struck out 14 batters in 22 innings of work.  The last two seasons he was pitching for the Gulf Coast Yankees but struggled to allow 45 runs in 53 innings.

Released from the roster of the Dominican Summer League Yankees roster were right-handed pitchers Juan Rodriguez and Arcadio Campusano, left-handed pitchers Orby Tavares, Eduardo Peluso, Carlos Diaz, Edintson Naranjo, third baseman Kleiber Maneiro and shortstop Holman Miranda.

Rodriguez, 20, went 2-0 during the 2016 season with a 4.09 ERA in 15 games out of the bullpen.  In 22 innings, he walked 18 batters and struck out 19.

Campusano, 18, spent two seasons in the DSL going a combined 6-4 with a 5.36 ERA in 24 games, eight starts, striking out 69 in 85 2/3 innings.  He walked 42 batters during that time.

Tavares, 22, has been with the Yankees since October 12, 2013, and in 42 games in the system, he was 3-4 with 117 strikeouts in 110 1/3 innings of work.

Peluso, 18, was 1-0 in 28 games out of the bullpen for the Yankees DSL teams between the 2015 and 2016 seasons.  He struck out 37 and walked 21 in 33 2/3 innings.

Diaz, 21, signed with the Yankees on March 21, 2012, and had been in the system since.  In four seasons, he owned a 9-7 record with a 3.37 ERA, striking out 135 batters in 139 innings.  He did not play in 2016.

Naranjo, 20, spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons in the DSL where he allowed one earned run in just two innings of work.

Maneiro, 19, hit .281 in the DSL in 2016 with five doubles and 5 RBIs.  He walked twice but struck out 17 times in 89 at bats.

Miranda, 18, hit .240 over 40 games in 2015 but did not play in 2016.

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