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RailRiders 2018: Meet The Team

April 5, 2018 GMT

 

Pitchers

 

Chance Adams

 

Age: 23

Ht: 6-1

Wt: 210

B/T: R/R

40-man: No

Times-Tribune: No. 10

 

2017: Went 15-5 with a 2.45 ERA across Double-A and Triple-A. In 150⅓ innings, struck out 135, walked 58 and allowed 104 hits. Faded a bit in August (3.83 ERA).

Career: Yankees’ fifth-round draft pick in 2015 out of Dallas Baptist. ... 31-7 with a 2.33 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP over three minor league seasons. ... Won Yankees’ Kevin Lawn Award for system’s top pitcher in 2016, when he went 13-1 with a 2.33 ERA between High A and Double-A.

 

Abiatal Avelino

 

Age: 23

Ht: 5-11

Wt: 205

B/T: R/R

40-man: No

 

2017: Played at three levels of the minor leagues and batted .254 with 22 extra-base hits in 98 games. Saw time at second base, third base and shortstop.

Career: Signed by Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in December 2011. ... Career .267 hitter in the minor leagues, with 145 stolen bases in 516 games. ... Batted .309 with 19 stolen bases in 38 games for the Gigantes del Bibao in the Dominican Winter League this offseason.

 

Cody Carroll

 

Age: 25

Ht: 6-5

Wt: 210

B/T: R/R

40-man: No

 

2017: Reliever had a 2.54 ERA in 39 games between High A and Double-A. In 67⅓ innings, he struck out 89, walked 30 and held hitters to a .191 batting average.

Career: Yankees’ 22nd-round pick in 2015 out of Southern Mississippi. ... 2.73 ERA with 205 strikeouts and 85 walks in 184⅓ career innings. ... Did not allow a run in 11⅔ innings in the Arizona Fall League in 2017, where he gave up just two hits, walked five and struck out 18.

 

Luis Cessa

 

Age: 25

Ht: 6-0

Wt: 205

B/T: R/R

40-man: Yes

 

2017: Split it between the majors and the RailRiders, but was much better in SWB, where he had a 3.45 ERA. In the bigs, he was 0-3 with a 4.75 ERA.

Career: Signed by the Mets as an non-drafted free agent in 2008, traded to Detroit in the Yoenis Cespedes deal in July 2015, then traded to the Yankees — along with Chad Green — for Justin Wilson in December 2015. ... One of five Mexico-born pitchers to start a game for the Yankees. ... 42-39 with a 3.58 ERA career in the minors; 4-7 with a 4.49 ERA in the majors.

 

Cale Coshow

 

Age: 25

Ht: 6-5

Wt: 270

B/T: R/R

40-man: No

 

2017: Spent almost all of the year in Double-A, where he had a 3.81 ERA and appeared in 41 games. In 54⅓ innings he struck out 72, walked 22 and allowed 63 hits.

Career: Yankees’ 13th-round pick out of Oklahoma Christian in 2013. Pitched two years at Oklahoma before transferring. ... Transitioned to bullpen full time in 2017. ... Has a 3.38 ERA over five pro seasons, with 298 strikeouts in 319⅓ innings.

 

J.P. Feyereisen

 

Age: 25

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 215

B/T: R/R

40-man: No

 

2017: Had a 3.27 ERA in 63⅓ innings between Double-A and the RailRiders. Struck out 42 and walked 20 in 43⅓ innings with SWB, and was very good in August (1.23 ERA).

Career: Cleveland’s 16th-round pick in 2014 out of University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Traded to Yankees in deal for Andrew Miller in July 2016. ... Career 2.17 ERA in four pro seasons, with 192 strikeouts, 71 walks and a .192 opponent average in 186⅓ innings.

 

Mike Ford

 

Age: 25

Ht: 6-0

Wt: 225

B/T: L/R

40-man: No

 

2017: Spent most of the season at Double-A Trenton partially because of a numbers crunch with the RailRiders. Overall, hit .270 with a .404 OBP and a .471 slugging percentage (45 extra-base hits). Had 20 homers.

Career: Signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in July 2013 out of Princeton University. ... Picked by Seattle in Rule 5 draft this offseason and had a good spring training — 14 for 54, seven doubles, two homers, 10 RBIs, 10 walks — but was returned to the Yankees. ... Career .813 OPS in the minors.

 

Domingo German

 

Age: 25

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 175

B/T: R/R

40-man: Yes

Times-Tribune: No. 8

 

2017: RailRiders’ best starting pitcher. Went 7-2 with a 2.83 ERA. In 76⅓ innings, struck out 81 and walked 22. Punctuated season with Governors’ Cup finals gem in Durham: seven innings, one hit, three walks, eight strikeouts.

Career: Signed by Marlins as a non-drafted free agent in August 2009, then traded to the Yankees along with Nathan Eovaldi and Garrett Jones for Martin Prado and David Phelps in December 2014. ... Had Tommy John surgery in 2015. ... Made MLB debut June 11 against Baltimore. Pitched to a 3.14 ERA in seven games with New York. ... Career 2.54 ERA in minor leagues.

 

Anyelo Gomez

 

Age: 25

Ht: 6-1

Wt: 185

B/T: R/R

40-man: No

 

2017: Dominated Double-A to the tune of a 1.72 ERA in 36⅔ innings. Struck out 43 and walked 11. Shined in limited action with SWB, too, including 5⅓ scoreless innings in the postseason. Combined 1.92 ERA.

Career: Signed by Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in November 2012. ... Picked by Atlanta in Rule 5 draft this offseason, but had a 10.80 ERA in 8⅓ spring training innings and was returned to the Yankees. ... Converted to reliever in 2017, and has a career 3.24 ERA.

 

David Hale

 

Age: 30

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 210

B/T: R/R

40-man: No

 

2017: Spent season in Dodgers minor leagues, where he had a 4.08 ERA in 15 starts between Double-A and Triple-A. Allowed 100 hits in 81⅔ innings.

Career: Atlanta’s third-round draft pick in 2009 out of Princeton, where he was a pitcher and hitter. ... Made MLB debut Sept. 13, 2013, with Braves against San Diego. ... Traded to the Rockies in January 2015; claimed off waivers by the Orioles in April 2016; then signed as free agent with Dodgers (2017) and Yankees (2018).

 

Kyle Higashioka

Age: 27

Ht: 6-1

Wt: 200

B/T: R/R

40-man: Yes

 

2017: After the best season of career in 2016, lost most of the year to injuries. Played in only 30 games between SWB and the Yankees, missing all of July and most of August with a back issue.

Career: Yankees’ seventh-round pick in 2008 out of Edison High School in Huntington Beach, California. ... Made MLB debut April 10 against Tampa Bay. Appeared in nine games, but is still searching for his first big league hit (0 for 18). ... Has had career plagued by injuries, missing most of 2013 and 2014 seasons after Tommy Surgery and a broken thumb.

 

Brody Koerner

 

Age: 24

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 220

B/T: R/R

40-man: No

 

2017: Went 10-4 with a 3.52 ERA between High A and Doule-A. Struck out 71 and walked 29 in 107⅓ innings.

Career: XX

 

Erik Kratz

 

Age: 37

Ht: 6-4

Wt: 245

B/T: R/R

40-man: No

 

2017: Played most of season at Triple-A for Cleveland. In 86 games for Columbus, the veteran batted .270 with 16 doubles and 13 home runs. Traded to the Yankees for cash Aug. 31 and appeared in four games for New York in September.

Career: Blue Jays’ 29th-round pick in 2002 out of Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Born in Telford and went to Christopher Dock High School in Lansdale. ... Played in Blue Jays, Pirates, Phillies, Royals, Mariners, Angels, Astros, Indians and Yankees organizations. ... Made MLB debut July 17, 2010, in Pirates’ game against Astros. Played in 228 big league games and has 24 home runs.

 

 

Brady Lail

 

Age: 24

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 205

B/T: R/R

40-man: No

 

2017: Made 22 starts with the RailRiders and had a 5.17 ERA in 132.1 innings. Surrendered 139 hits and 19 home runs. Was a bit better as a reliever, however, where he struck out 13, walked one and held hitters to a .196 averaged in 12⅓ innings.

Career: Yankees’ 18th-round pick in 2012 out of Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah. ... Career 42-25 in minors with a 3.84 ERA. ... Will convert to reliever this season.

 

Ryan McBroom

Oliver Perez

 

 

Jace Peterson

 

Age: 27

Ht: 6-0

Wt: 215

B/T: L/R

40-man: No

 

2017: Played 89 games with the Atlanta Braves, where he hit .215 in 186 at-bats. Also hit .258 with a .734 OPS in 34 games at Triple-A Gwinnett.

Career: Padres’ first-round pick (58th overall) in 2010 out of McNeese State University in Louisiana. ... Traded to the Braves in December 2014 in deal that sent Justin Upton to San Diego. Signed with Yankees as free agent in January. ... Shared infield with Abington Heights grad Cory Spangenberg when both were coming up in Padres system. ... Played in 383 MLB games and is a .234 hitter. ... Career .279 hitter in the minors.

 

Shane Robinson

 

Age: 33

Ht: 5-9

Wt: 170

B/T: R/R

40-man: No

 

2017: Member of Los Angeles Angels organization. Played 20 games in big leagues, but batted just .194. Was better in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, as he hit .319 with a .795 OPS at Triple-A Salt Lake.

Career: Cardinals’ fifth-round pick in 2006 out of Florida State University, where he stole 100 bases and had a 40-game hitting streak. ... Played in Cardinals, Twins, Indians and Angels organizations. ... Made MLB debut May 7, 2009, in Cardinals’ game against Pirates. Has played in 436 big league games and is a .226 hitter. ... Career .288 hitter in the minors. ... Pitched one inning for the Twins in blowout loss to Indians on August 8, 2015.

 

Josh Rogers

 

 

Age: 23

Ht: 6-3

Wt: 210

B/T: L/L

40-man: No

 

2017: Was really good at High A (2.22 ERA) before struggling at Double-A (4.62 ERA). Overall, struck out 80 and walked 16 in 91⅔ innings.

Career: XX

 

 

Gleyber Torres

 

Age: 21

Ht: 6-1

Wt: 175

B/T: R/R

40-man: Yes

Times-Tribune: No. 1

 

2017: Was on track to make the big leagues before an injury on a slide into home plate required Tommy John surgery and ended his season. After a slow start with the RailRiders, he batted .309 with a .406 on-base percentage and a .457 slugging percentage.

Career: Signed by Cubs as non-drafted free agent in July 2013. ... Centerpiece of traded that sent Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs in July 2016. ... Career .282 hitter in the minors, with 116 extra-base hits in 356 games. ... Career .948 fielding percentage in 318 games at shortstop; .971 in 11 games at second base; .947 in 15 games at third base.

 

Zack Zehner

 

 

Age: 25

Ht: 6-4

Wt: 215

B/T: R/R

40-man: No

 

2017: Spent season at Double-A, where he batted .260 with a .355 OBP and a .408 slugging percentage. Hit 23 doubles, 11 home runs and four triples and had 68 RBIs. Struck out 125 times, but also walked 64 times.

Career: Yankees’ 18th-round pick in 2015 out of California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo in California. Also drafted by the Blue Jays (seventh round) in 2014. ... Career .739 OPS in the minor leagues.

 

— CONOR FOLEY