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RailRiders 2019: Player Bios

April 4, 2019

Chance Adams

Pos: RHP

Age: 24

Ht: 6-1

Wt: 215

B/T: R/R

40-man: Yes

 

2018: Made his major league debut Aug. 4 against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park, allowing three runs in five innings. Appeared in three big league games and had a 7.04 ERA in 7⅔ innings. ... Spent most of the season with SWB, going 4-5 with a 4.78 ERA. Averaged nine strikeouts and 4.6 walks per nine innings. ... Moved to the bullpen toward the end of the year to prepare for a role in New York.

Career: Yankees’ fifth-round pick in 2015 out of Dallas Baptist University. ... 35-12 with a 2.98 ERA, 9.2 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9 over four minor league seasons. ... 15-10 with a 3.82 ERA in 48 games with the RailRiders.

 

Rex Brothers

Pos: LHP

Age: 31

Ht: 6-0

Wt: 205

B/T: L/L

40-man: No

 

2018: Spent the season in the Atlanta Braves farm system, appearing in 32 games with Triple-A Gwinnett and 11 games with Double-A Montgomery. ... Had a 7.24 ERA in 27⅓ innings at Triple-A, walking 33 and striking out 37. ... Signed a minor league deal with the Yankees on Dec. 14.

Career: Rockies’ first-round pick (34th overall) in 2009 out of Lipscomb University. ... Made his major league debut June 6, 2011. ... Has a 3.79 ERA in 314 big league games with the Rockies and Braves. ... 3.91 ERA in 208 minor league games.

 

Billy Burns

Pos: OF

Age: 29

Ht: 5-9

Wt: 170

B/T: S/R

40-man: No

 

2018: Played 102 games with Omaha, Kansas City’s Triple-A affiliate, and hit .255 with a .630 OPS. Struck out just 54 times. ... Switch hitter had a .760 OPS in 91 at-bats against lefties; .589 OPS in 285 at-bats against righties.

Career: Nationals’ 32nd-round pick in 2011 out of Mercer University. Also drafted by the Braves in the 16th round in 2008 out of Walton High School (Marietta, Georgia). ... Made his major league debut July 28, 2014, with the Athletics and is a career .270 hitter with a .662 OPS in 242 big league games. ... .282 hitter with a .715 OPS and 222 stolen bases (caught just 44 times) in 620 minor league games. ... Signed a minor league deal with the Yankees on Jan. 3.

 

Nestor Cortes Jr.

Pos: LHP

Age: 24

Ht: 5-11

Wt: 190

B/T: R/L

40-man: No

 

2018: After being selected by Baltimore in the Rule 5 draft, made his big league debut with the Orioles on March 31 against Minnesota. Appeared in four games with the Orioles before being sent back to the Yankees. ... Went 6-6 with a 3.71 ERA with the RailRiders and thrived in the postseason — 14 innings, three hits, two earned runs, four walks and 13 strikeouts. ... Took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against Lehigh Valley in the first round of the playoffs.

Career: Yankees’ 36th-round pick in 2013 out of Hialeah High School (Hialeah, Fla.). ... 31-20 with a 2/50 ERA, 9.1 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in six minor league seasons. ... 9-10 with a 2.93 ERA in 35 games with the RailRiders.

 

Cale Coshow

Pos: RHP

Age: 26

Ht: 6-5

Wt: 270

B/T: R/R

40-man: No

 

2018: Spent the season with the RailRiders, going 1-4 with a 4.95 ERA in 56⅓ innings. ... Struck out 66, walked 28 and allowed nine home runs. ... Gave up two runs, walked four and struck out five in 3⅓ postseason innings.

Career: Yankees’ 13th-round pick in 2013 out of Oklahoma Christian University. ... 3.62 ERA in 375⅔ innings over six minor league seasons.

 

Danny Coulombe

Pos: LHP

Age: 29

Ht: 5-10

Wt: 190

B/T: L/L

40-man: No

 

2018: Split between Oakland and the Athletics’ Triple-A team in Nashville. ... Had a 4.56 ERA with 26 strikeouts and 11 walks in 23⅔ big league innings; 2.54 ERA with 28 strikeouts and six walks in 28⅓ minor league innings. ... Signed a minor league deal with the Yankees on Dec. 16.

Career: Dodgers’ 25th-round pick in 2012 out of Texas Tech University. Also selected by Los Angeles in the 17th round of the 2008 draft. ... Made his big league debut Sept. 16, 2014. ... 4.27 ERA in 153 big league games. ... 3.07 ERA in 207 minor league games.

 

Raynel Espinal

Pos: RHP

Age: 27

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 212

B/T: R/R

40-man: No

 

2018: Workhorse of the SWB bullpen, pitching 41 games and going 7-2 with a 3.09 ERA in 67 innings. Struck out 12.8 and walked 3.5 per nine innings. ... Allowed 10 earned runs in 12⅔ innings in August. Outside that month: 13 earned runs in 54⅓ innings (2.15 ERA). ... Allowed two runs in six postseason innings.

Career: Signed by the Yankees as a nondrafted free agent Sept. 27, 2012, out of the Dominican Republic. ... 19-17 with a 3.04 ERA in 121 minor league games. Averages 11 strikeouts, 2.5 walks per nine innings.

 

Thairo Estrada

Pos: SS/2B/3B

Age: 23

Ht: 5-10

Wt: 185

B/T: R/R

40-man: Yes

 

2018: The victim of an attempted robbery in the offseason, got a late start to the season after needing surgery for a gunshot wound and would wind up missing most of the year. ... Played in just 18 games between SWB and High-A Tampa, batting .192 with a .441 OPS. ... Got healthy in time to play 19 games in the Arizona Fall League.

Career: Signed by the Yankees as a nondrafted free agent Aug. 2, 2012, out of Venezuela. ... Added to the 40-man roster Nov. 20, 2017, after batting .301 with a .745 OPS in 122 games at Double-A. ... .283 hitter with a .719 OPS in six minor league seasons.

 

JP Feyereisen

Pos: RHP

Age: 26

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 215

B/T: R/R

40-man: No

 

2018: Appeared in 37 games for the RailRiders with a 3.45 ERA in 60 innings. ... Struck out 59, walked 25 and allowed 56 hits. ... Season ended Aug. 23 when he was placed on the injured list and required minor surgery on his arm.

Career: Indians’ 16th-round pick in 2014 out of the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. ... Traded to Yankees as part of Andrew Miller deal in 2016. ... 19-13 with a 2.48 ERA in five seasons. ... 3.48 in 61 games with the RailRiders.

 

Mike Ford

Pos: 1B

Age: 26

Ht: 6-0

Wt: 225

B/T: L/R

40-man: No

 

2018: Joined the Mariners for spring training as a Rule 5 pick, but was returned to the Yankees before the season started. ... In 102 games with the RailRiders, batted .253 with a .760 OPS, slugging 15 homers and 21 doubles. .. Hampered by nagging injuries.

Career: Signed as a nondrafted free agent July 17, 2013, after playing at Princeton University. ... Career .268 hitter with a .370 on-base percentage and a .433 slugging percentage in six minor league seasons. ... .256 hitter with a .795 OPS, 22 home runs and 26 doubles in 127 games with the RailRiders.

 

Clint Frazier

Pos: OF

Age: 24

Ht: 5-11

Wt: 212

B/T: R/R

40-man: Yes

 

2018: Season derailed when he crashed into a wall during the second spring training game. Suffered a concussion and symptoms lingered for rest of year. ... Played 48 games with the RailRiders, hitting .311 with a .389 on-base percentage and a .574 slugging percentage. Had 10 home runs, 14 doubles and three triples. ... In 15 games with the Yankees, with 9 for 41 (.265) with three doubles. ... Placed on New York’s injured list July 16, attempted two rehab assignments with High-A Tampa, then was placed on the 60-day injured list Sept. 18.

Career: Cleveland’s first-round pick (fifth overall) in 2013 out of Loganville High School (Loganville, Georgia). ... Traded to the Yankees with Justus Sheffield, Ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen for Andrew Miller on July 31, 2016. ... Made major league debut July 1, 2017, and his first four hits in the bigs were a double, triple, home run and a single. ... .238 hitter with a .724 OPS in 54 big league games. ... .275 hitter with an .820 OPS in six minor league seasons.

 

 

Gio Gonzalez

 

Pos: LHP

Age: 33

Ht: 6-0

Wt: 203

B/T: R/L

40-man: No

 

2018: Spent with the Nationals and the Brewers. Overall, went 10-11 with a 4.21 ERA, but was 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA down the stretch with Milwaukee. Allowed two runs in three postseason innings. Career: White Sox’s first-round pick (38th overall) in 2004 out of Monsignor Edward Pace H.S. (Miami Gardens, Florida). ... 127-97 with a 3.69 ERA in 11-year big league career. ... Hasn’t pitched in Triple-A since 2009.

 

Joe Harvey

Pos: RHP

Age: 27

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 220

B/T: R/R

40-man: Yes

 

2018: Spent most of the season with the RailRiders, putting up a 1.66 ERA and 0.994 WHIP in 54⅓ innings. Struck out 10.1 and walked 3.5 per nine innings. ... Tossed 13 scoreless innings in May and allowed four earned runs in 26.2 innings after July 1. ... Allowed two hits and struck out four in 4⅓ innings in the postseason. ... Added to the 40-man roster Nov. 20.

Career: Yankees’ 19th-round pick in 2014 out of the University of Pittsburgh. ... Audobon native who attended Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School. ... 1.75 ERA in 102 minor league games (144 innings).

 

Kyle Higashioka

Pos: C

Age: 28

Ht: 6-1

Wt: 202

B/T: R/R

40-man: Yes

 

2018: Bounced between New York and SWB, playing 29 games with the Yankees and 53 with the RailRiders. ... Homered off Boston’s David Price on July 1 for his first big league hit. His first three major league hits were home runs. ... Hit .167 with a .570 OPS with New York; .202 with a .622 OPS with SWB.

Career: Yankees’ seventh-round pick in 2008 out of Edison High School (Huntington Beach, California). ... Made his major league debut April 10, 2017, against Tampa Bay and has played in 38 big league games. ... Career .242 hitter with a .703 OPS in 11 minor league seasons.

 

David Hale

Pos: RHP

Age: 31

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 210

B/T: R/R

40-man: No

 

2018: Pitched 11 games with the RailRiders, three with the Yankees, one with the Minnesota Twins before heading off to the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization. ... 3-2 with a 4.20 ERA in 11 starts with SWB. ... 4.61 ERA in 13⅔ innings in the bigs. ... Pitched 12 games in the KBO and went 3-4 with a 4.34 ERA.

Career: Braves’ third-round pick in 2009 out of Princeton University. ... 10-10 with a 4.49 ERA in 70 big league games. ... 37-46 with a 4.20 ERA over nine minor league seasons.

 

Drew Hutchison

Pos: RHP

Age: 28

Ht: 6-3

Wt: 205

B/T: L/R

40-man: No

 

2018: Began the year with the Philadelphia Phillies and had a 4.64 ERA in 21⅓ innings. ... After being designated for assignment, signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers and went 4-1 with a 2.14 ERA in 42 innings with their Triple-A team. ... Signed with the Texas Rangers in August and pitched to a 8.86 ERA in 21⅓ innings.

Career: Blue Jays’ 15th round pick in 2009 out of Lakeland High School (Lakeland, Fla.). ... 32-23 with a 5.10 ERA in 98 big league games (79 starts), seeing action with the Blue Jays, Pirates, Phillies and Rangers. ... 38-30 with a 3.14 ERA in the minors, including 20-20 with a 3.58 ERA at Triple-A.

Gosuke Katoh

 

Pos: IF

Age: 24

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 180

B/T: L/R

40-man: No

 

2018: Spent the whole season with Double-A Trenton, batting .229 with a .327 on-base percentage and a .335 slugging percentage. He had a career high 27 doubles and 99 hits. Career: Yankees’ second-round pick in 2013 out of Rancho Bernardo High School (San Diego, California). ... Has played games at second base (330), third base (77), first base (55), shortstop (31) and left field (8).

 

Ryan Lavarnway

Pos: C

Age: 31

Ht: 6-4

Wt: 240

B/T: R/R

40-man: No

 

2018: Played most of the season with Triple-A Indianapolis, but got into six games with the Pittsburgh Pirates. ... Batted .288 with a .860 OPS in 78 games with Indianapolis, slugging nine homers and 23 doubles. ... Went 4 for 6 with a double with the Pirates. ... Signed a minor league deal with the Yankees on Nov. 7.

Career: Boston’s sixth-round pick in 2008 out of Yale University. ... Made major league debut Aug. 18, 2011, with the Red Sox and has appeared in 146 big league games. He is a career .208 hitter with a .593 OPS in the bigs, spending time with the Red Sox, Orioles, Braves, Athletics and Pirates. ... .277 hitter with a .825 OPS over 11 minor league seasons.

 

Matt Lipka

Pos: OF

Age: 26

Ht: 6-1

Wt: 205

B/T: R/R

40-man: No

 

2018: Played 123 games at Richmond, the Giants’ Double-A affiliate, and batted .240 with a .681 OPS. ... Batted .263 with a .711 OPS in 49 games after the all-star break.

Career: Braves’ first-round pick (35th overall) in 2010 out of McKinney High School (McKinney, Texas). ... Career .248 hitter with a .649 OPS in nine minor league seasons. ... .238 hitter with a .653 OPS in 57 games at Triple-A. ... Signed a minor league deal with the Yankees Jan. 5.

 

Ryan McBroom

Pos: 1B

Age: 26

Ht: 6-3

Wt: 240

B/T: R/L

40-man: No

 

2018: Played 96 games with the RailRiders and batted .295 with a .782 OPS, slugging 11 home runs and 18 doubles. ... SWB roster crunch sent him down to Double-A Trenton for 25 games, where he batted .324 with an .888 OPS. ... Went 7 for 35 with in the playoffs with SWB.

Career: Blue Jays’ 15th-round pick in 2014 out of West Virginia University. Also drafted by the Royals in the 36th round in 2013. ... Traded to the Yankees for Rob Refsnyder on July 23, 2017. ... .283 hitter with a .797 OPS in five minor league seasons.

Adonis Rosa

 

Pos: RHP

Age: 24

Ht: 6-1

Wt: 160

B/T: R/R

40-man: No

 

2018: Went 14-6 with a 3.93 ERA across three levels of the minors. Started four games for the RailRiders and had a 3.92 ERA in 20⅔ innings. After season, threw sim game against rehabbing Aaron Judge on Sept. 17. Career: Signed by the Yankees as a nondrafted free agent Dec. 19, 2013, out of the Dominican Republic. ... 34-17 in his career with a 3.15 ERA. ... Walks just 1.8 batters per nine innings.

 

David Sosebee

Pos: RHP

Age: 25

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 220

B/T: R/R

40-man: No

 

2018: Had a 2.30 ERA across three levels of the minors, including a 0.72 ERA in 25 innings at High-A Tampa. Struck out 10.8 and walked 3.4 per nine innings. Appeared in four games with SWB, allowing one run in 5⅔ innings. Career: Yankees’ 28th-round pick in 2015 out of the University of Georgia. Also selected by the Red Sox in the 48th round of the 2011 draft. ... Has a 2.39 ERA in 210⅔ career innings.

 

Gio Urshela

Pos: 3B/SS

Age: 27

Ht: 6-0

Wt: 215

B/T: R/R

40-man: No

 

2018: Traded to the Yankees from Toronto while the Buffalo Bisons were playing the RailRiders, meaning he walked out of the visitor’s clubhouse at PNC Field and into the home one. ... Batted .307 with a .815 OPS in 27 games with the RailRiders. ... Also spent time in the Indians organization and batted .286 with a .719 OPS in 62 minor league games. ... Played 19 games in the bigs with the Blue Jays and went 10 for 43 with a double and a home run. ... Re-signed with the Yankees on a minor league deal Oct. 24.

Career: Originally signed by Cleveland as a nondrafted free agent July 2, 2008, out of Colombia. ... Made his major league debut June 9, 2015, with the Indians and is a .225 hitter with a .589 OPS in 167 big league games. ... .270 hitter with a .704 OPS over 10 minor league seasons.

 

Tyler Wade

Pos: UT

Age: 24

Ht: 6-1

Wt: 188

B/T: R/R

40-man: Yes

 

2018: Split time between New York (36 games) and the RailRiders (91 games). Batted .167 with a .487 OPS with the Yankees; .255 with a .687 OPS with the RailRiders. ... Made the Yankees opening day roster. ... Turned around slow start by batting .319 with an .837 OPS in June with the RailRiders.

Career: Yankees’ 4th-round pick in 2013 out of Murrieta Valley High School (Murrieta, California). ... Made major league debut June 27, 2017, and has played in 66 big league games. ... .161 hitter with a .468 OPS in the bigs. ... .272 hitter with a .714 OPS in six minor league seasons. ... .282 hitter with a .762 OPS in 176 games with the RailRiders.

 

Zack Zehner

Pos: OF

Age: 26

Ht: 6-4

Wt: 215

B/T: R/R

40-man: No

 

2018: Played 87 games with the RailRiders and batted .262 with a .764 OPS, slugging 10 home runs and 19 doubles. ... In 32 games with Double-A Trenton, batted .293 with a .885 OPS and 13 extra-base hits. ... .270 batting average overall ranked seventh in the Yankees system. ... Went 8 for 31 in the postseason with SWB.

Career: Yankees’ 18th round pick in 2015 out of Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. Also drafted by the Blue Jays in the seventh round in 2014. ... Career .263 hitter with a .756 OPS in four minor league seasons.