Nestor Cortes…resides in Hialeah, FL…graduated from Hialeah (FL) High School…selected by New York-AL in the 36th round of the 2013 Draft.
Was 5-1, 5.67 (42 ER, 66.2 IP) and 69 strikeouts in 33 games (1 start) over 8 stints with the Yankees...Made his Yankees debut on May 11 at Tampa Bay (2.0,4,3,3,0,3,HR)...Tossed 15.2 consecutive scoreless innings, May 19 - June 15...Earned his first Major League win and collected a career-high 7 strikeouts on June 15 at Chicago-AL (5.0,6,2,2,0,7)...Made his first career start as the Yankees "opener " on September 10 at Detroit (2.1,6,4,2,1,2)...Went 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA (17 ER, 39.2 IP) and 42 strikeouts in 7 games (6 starts) with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Saw his first Major League action with Baltimore, making four relief appearances and posting a 7.71 ERA (4.2IP, 10H, 4ER, 4BB, 3K, 2HR)… made the Orioles Opening Day roster as a Rule 5 selection… made his Major League debut in 3/31 loss vs. Minnesota (2.0IP, 3H, 1ER, 2BB, 2K) and recorded his first career strikeout (Byron Buxton in the sixth inning)… had one scoreless outing, in 4/7 loss at the Yankees (1.0IP, 1H, 1BB)… was designated for assignment on 4/10 and returned to the Yankees on 4/13… made one relief appearance with Double-A Trenton on 4/16 at Erie (3.1IP, 1ER), then joined Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the rest of the season on 4/20… went 6-6 with one complete game and a 3.71 ERA (111.2IP, 95H, 50R/46ER, 37BB, 96K, 13HR) in 23 games (18 starts) with the RailRiders… allowed 1H and 1BB over 6.0 scoreless innings to go with 10K in 7/16 win at Toledo… following the season, made eight starts for Oriente in the Dominican Winter League and was 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA (42.0IP, 26H, 9R/8ER, 10BB, 45K, 3HR).
Spent time in three levels of the Yankees organization, including Class A-Advanced Tampa, Double-A Trenton, and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre...Went a combined 7-4 with a 2.06 ERA (24 ER/104.2 IP) in 30 appearances (13 starts)...Began the season with the Tampa Yankees and made one appearance on 4/7 at Lakeland (4.1 IP, 6 H, 1R/ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 K) before being promoted to Trenton...Went an undefeated 5-0 with a 2.60 ERA (15 ER/52.0 IP) in 18 games (7 starts) at Trenton...Posted a 1.49 ERA (8 ER/48.1 IP) in 11 games (6 starts) at Triple-A...His 13 starts and 30 appearances between the three levels each marked a career-high...Named an Eastern League Mid-Season All-Star with Trenton...Did not allow an earned run in the month of July (18.1 IP) in six games (one start)...Made four starts for the Estrellas de Oriente in the Dominican Winter League…Went 2-1 with a 1.25 ERA (3 ER/21.2 IP)...Acquired by the Orioles on 12/14 in the Rule 5 Draft.
Pitched at four levels of the Yankees system, combining to log an 11-4 record with three saves and a 1.53 ERA (106.0IP, 61H, 25R/18ER, 24BB, 115K, 5HR) in 21 appearances (12 starts) at Single-A Charleston (13G/8GS), Double-A Trenton (1G/0GS), Single-A Tampa (6G/3GS) and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (1GS)… had the lowest ERA and WHIP in the minor leagues (min. 100.0IP), and led all minor league pitchers with a .167 opponents' BA (61-for-365); LH .149 (13-for-87), RH .173 (48-for- 278)… posted the seventh-highest strikeout rate (29.0%, 115K/396BF) in the minors (min. 100.0IP)… ranked fifth in the organization in wins… in 12 starts, was 7-3 with a 1.30 ERA (69.1IP, 45H, 12R/10ER, 13BB, 73K, 3HR)… began the season with Charleston and went 6-2 with two saves and a 0.79 ERA (68.1IP, 36H, 10R/6ER, 15BB, 75K, 3HR) in 13 games (eight starts)… was a South Atlantic League Mid-Season All-Star… earned SAL "Pitcher of the Week" honors after recording a career-high 12K over 6.0 scoreless innings (2H, 1BB) on 5/19 vs. Columbia… made one relief appearance with Trenton on 6/26 at Akron, permitting just a two-run HR to Clint Frazier over 4.0IP (2ER) while earning a save… logged a 4-2 record and 3.21 ERA (24H, 13R/10ER, 4BB, 31K) over six appearances (three starts) at Tampa… was named FSL "Pitcher of the Week" for 8/15-21 after fanning nine batters over 7.0 scoreless innings (2H, 0BB) on 8/19 at Brevard County… his final appearance of the season was a start for Scranton/WB on 8/30 at Buffalo, and he tossed 5.2 scoreless, hitless innings (3BB, 4K, 1HP) to win his Triple-A debut… following the season, made six appearances for Scottsdale of the Arizona Fall League and posted a 4.70 ERA (7.2IP, 6H, 4ER, 6BB, 10K).
Went 6-3 with a 2.26 ERA (63.2IP, 48H, 21R/16ER, 10BB, 66K) in 12 games (10 starts) with Rookie-level Pulaski… opponents batted .203 (48-for-236); LH .161 (9-for-56); RH .217 (39-for-180)… led the Appalachian League in opponents' BA and WHIP (0.91)… ranked second in the league in strikeouts and third in ERA and innings pitched… was named an Appalachian League Postseason All-Star… did not allow an earned run in four consecutive starts from 7/6- 23 (22.1IP)… was named the Appalachian League "Pitcher of the Week" for 7/6-12 (2GS, 1-0, 12.0IP, 6H, 0R, 1BB, 10K).
Spent the season with the GCL Yankees 2, going 1-2 with a 2.27 ERA (31.2IP, 35H, 8ER, 5BB, 38K) in 11 games (two starts).
Made his professional debut with the GCL Yankees 1, going 0-1 with one save and a 4.42 ERA (18.1IP, 9ER, 20K, 5BB) in 10 appearances (three starts).