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Pipeline names Yankees' Prospects of the Year

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The future is growing brighter for a pair of Yankees prospects, as infielder Dermis Garcia and right-hander Mike King have been selected as the club's MLB Pipeline Prospects of the Year.

Though the Yankees were unable to convince Shohei Ohtani to come to the Bronx this past offseason, they are experimenting with developing their own two-way player. The 20-year-old Garcia, who was named Player of the Year, is a corner infielder whose arm strength has prompted coaches to give him a whirl on the mound.

The future is growing brighter for a pair of Yankees prospects, as infielder Dermis Garcia and right-hander Mike King have been selected as the club's MLB Pipeline Prospects of the Year.

Though the Yankees were unable to convince Shohei Ohtani to come to the Bronx this past offseason, they are experimenting with developing their own two-way player. The 20-year-old Garcia, who was named Player of the Year, is a corner infielder whose arm strength has prompted coaches to give him a whirl on the mound.:: Complete prospect coverage ::

"The way his fastball goes, and the way his body works, it looks like what a raw pitcher should look like. And it's easy to dream big on a guy like that," Yankees Minor League pitching coordinator Danny Borrell recently told Yankees Magazine.

Garcia, 20, spent his 2018 season with Class A Charleston, where he batted .241/.320/.444 with 17 doubles, two triples, 15 home runs and 50 RBIs in 88 games while playing first and third base. In bullpen sessions, he has shown a mid-90s fastball and some feel for his curveball and changeup.

MLB Pipeline's top-rated prospect in the 2014-15 international crop, Garcia received a $3 million bonus due in large part to his top-of-the-scale raw power. He boasts outstanding bat speed and strength, though it remains to be seen how Garcia will fare against more advanced pitching. He walked 36 times against 111 strikeouts in 324 at-bats this year.

Garcia is currently ranked as the Yankees' No. 29 prospect by MLB Pipeline, with a big league ETA of 2021.

King, 23, was named the Yankees' Minor League Pitcher of the Year. He was acquired from the Marlins in November of last season and quickly rose through the ranks of the Yankees' system to finish the season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. King opened the year with Class A Tampa, where he logged a 1.79 ERA in seven starts to earn a promotion six weeks into the season.

Video: Prospect Watch: Michael King (Triple-A Scranton)

At Double-A Trenton, King was 6-2 with a 2.09 ERA in 12 games (11 starts), striking out 76 against 13 walks with 65 hits allowed in 82 innings. A 12th-round selection in the 2016 MLB Draft, King's performance was even sharper at Triple-A, where King was 4-0 with a 1.15 ERA in six starts. His 152 strikeouts and 161 1/3 innings on the season led all Yankees Minor Leaguers.

"He's got late movement, and he commands it really well," Triple-A pitching coach Tommy Phelps said. "He keeps it down in the zone when he wants. He can really locate in his lanes to both sides of the plate."

Rated as the Yankees' No. 24 prospect by MLB Pipeline, King's best attributes are said to be his two-seam fastball and his command. He has a Major League ETA of 2019.

"For being a younger guy and just getting to Triple-A, he's one of the most -- if not the most -- prepared pitchers I've been around," Phelps said. "He knows how to dissect the other team's lineup, read swings, make adjustments."

Each team's Prospects of the Year were chosen by the MLB Pipeline staff. To receive consideration, players must have spent at least half the year in the Minors and appeared on the team's Top 30 Prospects list.

In 2017, MLB Pipeline selected outfielder Estevan Florial and right-hander Chance Adams as the Yankees' recipients.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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Sheffield pitches scoreless ninth in MLB debut

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NEW YORK -- Justus Sheffield was so nervous when he climbed the Yankee Stadium mound in the ninth inning for the first time in the Yankees' 10-1 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday night that he thought he'd trip over it. Once he didn't, still shaking, he thought he would balk. Such are the jitters that come gift-wrapped with Major League debuts, especially ones as highly-anticipated as Sheffield's.

"My legs felt like Jell-O," said Sheffield. "As soon as I got on the mound, I thought it would settle down a bit, but the nerves and the adrenaline, my heart was pumping quite a bit."

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NEW YORK -- Justus Sheffield was so nervous when he climbed the Yankee Stadium mound in the ninth inning for the first time in the Yankees' 10-1 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday night that he thought he'd trip over it. Once he didn't, still shaking, he thought he would balk. Such are the jitters that come gift-wrapped with Major League debuts, especially ones as highly-anticipated as Sheffield's.

"My legs felt like Jell-O," said Sheffield. "As soon as I got on the mound, I thought it would settle down a bit, but the nerves and the adrenaline, my heart was pumping quite a bit."

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It only slowed after Sheffield had escaped a sticky situation of his own creation to notch a scoreless first inning in pinstripes. To do so, Sheffield had to coax a bases-loaded double play out of Mookie Betts to end the game.

Video: BOS@NYY: Sheffield on scoreless frame in MLB debut

With the win, New York staved off elimination in the American League East for another night. The Yankees also got their first glimpse of Sheffield, the club's No. 1 prospect per MLB Pipeline. The left-hander allowed two hits and walked a batter.

"I honestly can't even describe it," Sheffield said. "There were so many emotions going through my head. A lot of excitement. A lot of nerves. The fans were awesome. I even heard my name. That's how you know I wasn't really locked in, but it was a great experience."

The debut came in front of nine family members and friends, including his grandparents and brothers. Sheffield also found it notable how he had to face Betts, with whom he has a brief history, to complete it. Both Sheffield and Betts, the AL MVP frontrunner, back in the Red Sox lineup after a two-day absence due to a minor left side injury, are from Tennessee. They'd crossed paths previously while working out in the offseason at Vanderbilt University, where Sheffield was drafted out of two Junes ago. Betts acknowledged Sheffield with a head nod before stepping in, then yanked his fifth pitch just beyond the left-field foul pole.

Video: BOS@NYY: Sheffield learns of callup, makes MLB debut

"Thankfully he hooked it a little bit," Sheffield said. "If he'd have hit a homer off me, I wouldn't have been too happy."

Betts rolled over Sheffield's next pitch, a 3-2 fastball, and the left-hander escaped. The question now is: Where does he fit going forward? Sheffield is expected to compete for a rotation spot next spring, but any appearance he makes down the stretch could realistically be considered an audition for a possible postseason role out of the bullpen. The parallels, in particular, to Boston starter David Price, who took the loss Wednesday, are plain to see. Price was 22 years old and one year removed from college when he debuted for the Rays in September 2008. He went on to play a pivotal role as a reliever that postseason, helping Tampa Bay reached its first and only World Series, before becoming a star as a starter.

The Yankees' need for relief help is less drastic than the Rays' was a decade ago, especially after Aroldis Chapman returned from the disabled list Wednesday. Dellin Betances, Zach Britton, David Robertson, all former closers, remain rooted in high-leverage roles. But perhaps Sheffield can prove to be a weapon in the middle innings.

He'll likely get a chance to earn such a role in the weeks to come.

"I just want to go out there and get outs," Sheffield said. "I said from the start I'm not here to hang around. I'm here to get outs and do my job."

Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz.

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Yankees calling up No. 1 prospect Sheffield

Lefty to join big league club on Tuesday along with German
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NEW YORK -- Justus Sheffield is on his way to The Show.

The Yankees informed Sheffield that he was being promoted to the Majors after Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's loss to Durham in the International League Governors' Cup Finals. The 22-year-old Sheffield is the Yanks' top-rated prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, and No. 27 on the overall Top 100 list.

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NEW YORK -- Justus Sheffield is on his way to The Show.

The Yankees informed Sheffield that he was being promoted to the Majors after Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's loss to Durham in the International League Governors' Cup Finals. The 22-year-old Sheffield is the Yanks' top-rated prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, and No. 27 on the overall Top 100 list.

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"I am still at a loss for words," Sheffield told the Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) Times Leader. "I'm super excited. I just can't believe it."

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that Sheffield and right-hander Domingo German are expected to join the big league club on Tuesday for the series opener against the Red Sox. Both pitched in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's season-ending loss on Saturday.

"It gives them both a chance to pack up and kind of get settled," Boone said. "You hope that guys get the benefit of [the postseason push], being around it and being a part of it, and hopefully an opportunity to impact in some way and help us out in these final couple of weeks."

The left-handed Sheffield made five starts for Double-A Trenton and appeared in 20 games (15 starts) at Triple-A this year, transitioning to the bullpen late in the season as the Yankees attempted to prepare him for possible September work in the big leagues.

"The transition to the bullpen, obviously, I knew there was something going on there," Sheffield said. "So it was hard for me to block it out and do my thing. When I did, I felt back to myself. It was one of those things where it was hard to block out."

Sheffield went 6-4 with a 2.56 ERA in 88 innings at Triple-A, limiting opponents to 66 hits and a .204 batting average while walking 36 and striking out 84. It is conceivable that he could see duty as a left-handed specialist, then compete for a rotation spot in the spring.

Sheffield recorded three outs in the RailRiders' 6-2 loss to Durham on Saturday. He allowed three unearned runs on two hits in relief of German.

"I had a tough one today," Sheffield said. "I'm not going to lie. I just did not feel good out there. It was just a rough day."

A first-round selection by the Indians in the 2014 Draft (31st overall), Sheffield was acquired from Cleveland in July 2016 along with outfielder Clint Frazier and pitchers J.P. Feyereisen and Ben Heller in exchange for left-handed reliever Andrew Miller.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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Sabathia set to return Friday in start vs. O's

Sanchez to begin rehab assignment Thursday; Judge improving slowly
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MIAMI -- CC Sabathia is set to be activated from the 10-day disabled list on Friday and will take the ball to open the Yankees' four-game weekend series against the Orioles in Baltimore, the left-hander said on Tuesday.

Sabathia was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 13 with inflammation in his right knee, having landed awkwardly on it while trying to field a soft grounder during the second inning of the Yankees' 7-2 win over the Rangers the day prior.

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MIAMI -- CC Sabathia is set to be activated from the 10-day disabled list on Friday and will take the ball to open the Yankees' four-game weekend series against the Orioles in Baltimore, the left-hander said on Tuesday.

Sabathia was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 13 with inflammation in his right knee, having landed awkwardly on it while trying to field a soft grounder during the second inning of the Yankees' 7-2 win over the Rangers the day prior.

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The 38-year-old veteran said at the time that he could have pitched through the discomfort, but opted to give his knee rest in advance of the postseason push. Sabathia is 7-4 with a 3.32 ERA in 22 starts this season.

Luis Cessa stepped into Sabathia's rotation spot last week, surrendering five earned runs and seven hits over 3 1/3 innings on Wednesday vs. the Rays.

The Yankees have yet to finalize their rotation for the Baltimore series, but there are signals that left-hander Justus Sheffield -- the club's No. 1 prospect according to MLB Pipeline -- could soon be promoted to make his Major League debut.

Sheffield was moved from the rotation to the bullpen at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, and general manager Brian Cashman has said that he expects Sheffield to contribute at the big league level this season, either as a starter or a reliever.

In 21 games (20 starts) for Double-A Trenton and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, Sheffield has compiled a 6-6 record with a 2.48 ERA, holding opponents to a .196 batting average. In 108 2/3 innings, Sheffield has permitted 77 hits and 50 walks while striking out 116.

Video: TOR@NYY: Sanchez heading to Tampa for rehab start

Comeback trail

Gary Sanchez (right groin strain) is scheduled to play in a Gulf Coast League game on Thursday, according to manager Aaron Boone, who said that the catcher would join the Triple-A club shortly thereafter for about a week of games.

"He's doing well. He's in a really good place physically," Boone said. "I think his conditioning is really good right now; probably as good as it's been at any time this year. I'm excited for him to start working his way back."

Aaron Judge (fractured right wrist) traveled with the team to Miami, and though Boone indicated that there has been no significant update, he believes there's still time for Judge to play in Minor League games.

"He felt better today, but still not at the point where we have a bat in his hand or anything like that," Boone said. "Again, the fracture will tell us when. When the pain is out of there, bat in hand, it'll move quickly. We're not quite there yet."

• The Yankees did report encouraging news on Clint Frazier (post-concussion symptoms), who continues to work out at the team's player-development complex in Tampa, Fla.

"Clint's doing better," Boone said. "He is resuming baseball activities; he's been outside hitting, running, and the last few days has responded well as the workload has ramped up a little bit."

A-Whirlwind

One day after partying into the night following Jennifer Lopez's celebrated performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in Miami, Alex Rodriguez was back in a full Yankees uniform at Marlins Park, roaming the clubhouse and watching batting practice in his role as a special advisor.

"I need a nap," Rodriguez quipped.

This date in Yankees history

Aug. 21, 2013: Ichiro Suzuki recorded his 4,000th career hit (1,278 in Japan and 2,722 in the Majors) with a first-inning single off the Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey at Yankee Stadium.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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Adams solid in debut, but Yanks can't solve Sox

NY falls 8 1/2 games back in AL East after 3rd straight loss to Boston
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BOSTON -- Yankees manager Aaron Boone slipped through Fenway Park's visiting clubhouse and disappeared into his office with a plate of food for some solitude, his mind set and focused on one thing -- tomorrow.

"I'm a broken record," Boone said. "Tomorrow is always really important."

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BOSTON -- Yankees manager Aaron Boone slipped through Fenway Park's visiting clubhouse and disappeared into his office with a plate of food for some solitude, his mind set and focused on one thing -- tomorrow.

"I'm a broken record," Boone said. "Tomorrow is always really important."

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But with the Yanks at risk of being swept in this four-game series by the Red Sox, a win on Sunday is especially crucial. The Yankees' offense was shut down once again Saturday, as they fell to the Sox, 4-1, at Fenway Park.

The loss stretched the Yankees' losing streak to four games, their longest of the season, as they have dropped three straight to the Red Sox to fall 8 1/2 games behind their rivals in the American League East standings.

How can the Yankees keep their focus trained on tomorrow when a season's worth of momentum is in jeopardy?

"It's obviously a thought," Giancarlo Stanton said. "... It's reality, so you've got to understand it. But you've got to try to keep it simple. We lost today, we've got to win tomorrow. That's it. We know what the deficit is, we know what's at stake."

After CC Sabathia and Luis Severino both struggled in the first two games of the series, Yankees No. 13 prospect Chance Adams made a solid MLB debut. While he gave up two home runs -- Mitch Moreland's two-run homer in the first inning and J.D. Martinez's solo blast in the fourth -- he also held the Red Sox to three hits and a walk in five innings of three-run ball.

Adams even struck out Mookie Betts, his first time fanning a batter in the Majors and one of two strikeouts he recorded. He said he was nervous until he stepped on the field to warm up. Then, he prayed and settled down. Not even Moreland's home run could rattle him.

Video: NYY@BOS: Adams strikes out Betts to record 1st MLB K

"It's baseball, it's a good lineup, they're gonna hit homers and stuff," Adams said. "I just had to calm myself down and know to make my pitches."

But the Yankees couldn't muster the run support to bolster Adams' effort. Nathan Eovaldi held the Yanks to three hits and one walk in eight scoreless innings. Boone said Eovaldi's cutter made him lethal.

Boone is not going to change the team's preparation or his message. In his eyes, there's nothing to adjust. The talent, the focus, the preparation, the hitting -- all of the pieces are there.

"I have no issue with what's going on in there," Boone said. "We're just running through a little bit of a tough stretch that we've got to fight our way out of."

Didi Gregorius contributed an RBI double in the ninth and the Yankees loaded the bases with two outs against Craig Kimbrel, but Greg Bird flied out to center to end the game. The Yanks are now 55-10 when their opponents score four or fewer runs.

Video: NYY@BOS: Didi rips an RBI double to right in the 9th

Between Saturday and Rick Porcello's complete-game one-hitter on Friday, the Yankees have been held to six hits and a home run in the past two games after opening the series with four home runs on Thursday. The offense needs to flash its power, but the hits aren't falling.

So the Yankees will go the only way they can -- forward. The Red Sox move further ahead in the division race with each win, but the Yankees have to ignore that. Instead, they will focus on learning from mistakes and breaking through in the next contest.

"Keep focused," Stanton said. "Understand it's just a bad stretch and not hold [our] heads down and just keep pushing. I mean, that's all we can do."

Video: NYY@BOS: Adams on debut, Bird, Stanton the tough loss

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
The Yankees' offense finally clicked in the ninth inning, when back-to-back, two-out doubles by Stanton and Gregorius scored their first run since Miguel Andujar's solo home run in the third on Friday. Aaron Hicks drew a walk, and as Gleyber Torres stepped up to bat as the tying run, it looked like the Yankees had a shot at a comeback. Torres drew a walk to load the bases, but Kimbrel induced the flyout from Bird to end the game.

"You have their closer in -- first and foremost, you want to make it difficult on him," Boone said. "To get his pitch count up to [32], you know, maybe that impacts tomorrow. But to give ourselves a chance there, to bring the go-ahead run to the plate … I just thought our guys continued to battle and I thought had really good at-bats against an elite closer there."

Video: NYY@BOS: Kimbrel induces fly out, preserves the win

SOUND SMART
This four-game losing streak is the Yankees' longest since August of last season. They have fallen in eight of their last 10 games at Fenway Park. These last two games mark the first time since June 1-2, 2013, that the Yankees have been held to one or zero runs in back-to-back games against the Red Sox -- and the first time that's happened at Fenway Park since Sept. 20-21, 1991.

HE SAID IT
"I think if you walk through our room out there, to a man, we know we can absolutely play with [the Red Sox]. We know when we're at our best, we can beat them. So I think we acknowledge who they are right now, and that's -- there's no denying the season they're having. But we have a lot of confidence in our group and a lot of fight, and hopefully tomorrow starts the digging out." -- Boone, on competing against the Red Sox

Video: NYY@BOS: Boone on Adams' debut, offensive struggles

UP NEXT
Masahiro Tanaka will start for the Yankees in the finale of their four-game series at Fenway Park on Sunday night at 8:05 ET. Tanaka has been especially stellar lately, with a 2.36 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP in his last seven starts. His past two outings featured a shutout with nine strikeouts against the Rays and a six-inning scoreless start with eight strikeouts against the Orioles. Tanaka will face Red Sox lefty David Price.

Blake Richardson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston.

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Chance Adams set for MLB debut for Yanks

Righty prospect called on to fill in for Happ vs. Sox on Saturday
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BOSTON -- Right-handed pitching prospect Chance Adams will make his first Major League start at Fenway Park on Saturday as the Yankees face the Red Sox, manager Aaron Boone said Friday.

The game is a high-pressure one for an MLB debut, but Boone said he is confident that Adams can handle the intensity of the rivalry.

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BOSTON -- Right-handed pitching prospect Chance Adams will make his first Major League start at Fenway Park on Saturday as the Yankees face the Red Sox, manager Aaron Boone said Friday.

The game is a high-pressure one for an MLB debut, but Boone said he is confident that Adams can handle the intensity of the rivalry.

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"As we've seen with a lot of our guys, they've come up and been able to handle these situations," Boone said. "And I think it's a tribute to our player development in our organization for preparing these guys for what it is like to come up and pitch in the fire."

Adams, 23, was selected by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2015 Draft and is New York's No. 13 prospect as ranked by MLB Pipeline. He will be filling in for left-hander J.A. Happ, who is on the disabled list with hand, foot and mouth disease.

Adams will become the 11th Yankees pitcher to make his first MLB start at Fenway Park, with the last being Randy Keisler on Sept. 10, 2000.

Boone was originally considering Luis Cessa for the role. But when CC Sabathia departed after just three innings in Thursday's 15-7 loss to the Red Sox, Cessa was one of four Yankees relievers to make an appearance. He allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings, crossing him off as a potential starter for Saturday.

The strain that game brought on the bullpen prompted the Yanks to turn to the Minor Leagues for fresh arms. They called up Tommy Kahnle on Friday and optioned Cessa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to add another reliever to the bullpen.

Adams is 3-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 21 starts for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season. He's allowed 81 hits, 48 walks and 11 home runs while striking out 102 batters in 98 innings. He has a 3.32 ERA in his past nine starts, during which he struck out 37 batters in 43 1/3 innings.

In 2016-17, Adams went a combined 28-6 in the Minor Leagues, including a 15-5 record with a 2.45 ERA last season. He had surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow last offseason.

But Boone said Adams' most recent start was the most impressive -- and is the reason he is confident in Adams on Saturday. Adams struck out eight while allowing two hits, one run and four walks in 7 1/3 innings on Monday.

"First start, and there's always going to be jitters that go with that," Boone said. "And that's part of it and dealing with it. And sometimes that can be something that works for a guy, and hopefully that's the case with Chance."

Blake Richardson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston.

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Yanks, No. 9-rated int'l prospect agree to deal

After adding to bonus pool via trade, NY reaches terms with righty Osiel Rodriguez
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NEW YORK -- Just one day after acquiring $1 million in international bonus pool money from the Cardinals along with first baseman Luke Voit in exchange for Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos, the Yankees continued to prepare for the international market.

New York traded Minor League left-hander Caleb Frare to the White Sox on Sunday in exchange for $1.5 million in bonus pool money, and later on Sunday, the Yankees agreed to terms with right-hander Osiel Rodriguez, sources told MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez. The deal for Rodriguez, No. 9 on MLB Pipeline's Top 30 International Prospects list, is for $600,000, according to Sanchez. The Yankees, who haven't confirmed the deal, remain active on the international market and continue to target other prospects.

NEW YORK -- Just one day after acquiring $1 million in international bonus pool money from the Cardinals along with first baseman Luke Voit in exchange for Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos, the Yankees continued to prepare for the international market.

New York traded Minor League left-hander Caleb Frare to the White Sox on Sunday in exchange for $1.5 million in bonus pool money, and later on Sunday, the Yankees agreed to terms with right-hander Osiel Rodriguez, sources told MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez. The deal for Rodriguez, No. 9 on MLB Pipeline's Top 30 International Prospects list, is for $600,000, according to Sanchez. The Yankees, who haven't confirmed the deal, remain active on the international market and continue to target other prospects.

Rodriguez, 16, is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound right-hander from Cuba who has been clocked at 97 mph when throwing his fastball, and the pitch usually hovers in the low to mid-90s. According to MLB Pipeline, Rodriguez is a strike-thrower who "changes his arm slot and throws several different pitches at different angles, which has proven to be both a blessing and a curse as far as scouts are concerned."

The Yankees have expressed interest and could still be in play for right-hander Sandy Gaston, ranked No. 14. He was previously linked to the Marlins. Gaston, 16, is from Matanzas, Cuba, and has also been clocked at 97 mph. MLB Pipeline says his velocity is "rare in any market and not surprisingly, some scouts wonder if he will be able to command the high velocity on a consistent basis," but the report also states that his skill is "extraordinary, and Gaston is the type of pitcher any club would like to put in its system."

Frare, 25, spent the majority of his season with Double-A Trenton, with one game in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Overall, he was 4-1 with a 0.81 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in 32 total Minor League games. Frare, an 11th-round selection in the 2012 Draft, has a 2.37 ERA and 269 strikeouts over 235 career innings in the Yankees' farm system.

Frazier update

Manager Aaron Boone said that Clint Frazier is in Tampa, Fla., waiting for his concussion symptoms to subside.

"I haven't gotten a report today, but I know two days ago he was feeling better, yesterday not as good," Boone said. "So we're just going to kind of listen to him and listen to the body and make our best medical evaluations that we can to hopefully get him back in the mix, because obviously he's someone we could really use right now."

This date in Yankees history

July 29, 1951: Before a Yankee Stadium crowd of 70,972, the Yankees swept the White Sox in a doubleheader, 8-3 and 2-0. Joe DiMaggio hit two homers off Lou Kretlow in the opener, and Bob Kuzava threw a shutout, outdueling Saul Rogovin to win Game 2.

Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.

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Yanks land 4 players on Top 100 Prospects list

Sheffield, Florial, Loaisiga, Abreu appear on MLB Pipeline's re-rankings
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NEW YORK -- After MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list was re-ranked on Thursday, the Yankees found themselves well-represented as four players made the cut.

Left-hander Justus Sheffield came in at No. 28, outfielder Estevan Florial is ranked No. 47, right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga sits at No. 77 and righty Albert Abreu is at No. 79.

NEW YORK -- After MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list was re-ranked on Thursday, the Yankees found themselves well-represented as four players made the cut.

Left-hander Justus Sheffield came in at No. 28, outfielder Estevan Florial is ranked No. 47, right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga sits at No. 77 and righty Albert Abreu is at No. 79.

As the Yankees tried to find a replacement for Domingo German in the starting rotation after his demotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre earlier this month, manager Aaron Boone had mentioned that Sheffield, 22, was inching his way closer to being considered for a callup. In 12 games, including 11 starts, for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this year, the left-hander has gone 3-3 with a 2.44 ERA.

Video: WLD@USA: Sheffield on Futures Game, his brother

MLB Pipeline has also ranked Sheffield as the No. 3 left-handed pitching prospect. Here's what MLB Pipeline says about the Yankees' No. 1 overall prospect: "Sheffield could have three plus pitches when all is said and done. His 92-97-mph fastball features some run and sink and is his most consistent offering, though his mid-80s slider may have more upside. His changeup isn't as reliable as his first two options, yet he still shows the ability to miss bats with it."

Florial, 20, has slashed .240/.332/.329 in 43 games for Class A Advanced Tampa this season. MLB Pipeline says that the 6-foot-1 outfielder's raw power, speed and arm strength are all above average, but he will need to "tone down his aggressive approach and make consistent contact after posting a 31 percent strikeout rate last season and a 36 percent mark in the Arizona Fall League." Florial was sidelined from mid-May until July after needing surgery on his right hamate bone.

Originally ranked the club's 14th-best prospect coming into the season, Loaisiga, 23, made a big jump up to No. 3 in the midseason re-ranking. Much of this could be credited to Loaisiga getting the callup to the Majors when Masahiro Tanaka landed on the disabled list in June. The rookie went 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 21 strikeouts over 18 innings in his four big league starts.

Video: NYY@PHI: Loaisiga K's 8 in 1-hit gem vs. the Phillies

Abreu, 22, has gone 3-3 with a 4.28 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings for Tampa. MLB Pipeline's scouting report is as follows: "When Abreu is at his best, he exhibits command of three pitches that all grade as plus or better. His fastball usually runs from 93-98 mph, tops out in the triple digits and features sink and run that generates both swings and misses as well as weak ground-ball contact. His power breaking ball looks like a curveball at times and a slider at others, more often the former, and he also can miss bats with his fading changeup."

This date in Yankees history
July 27, 2015: On his 40th birthday, Alex Rodriguez hit a sixth-inning solo home run at Texas to become the fourth player in Major League history to homer in his teens and his 40s (Ty Cobb, Rusty Staub and Gary Sheffield).

Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.

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7 contenders with prospects to make a big deal

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At this time of year, when buyers are competing to bolster their rosters for the stretch run and sellers are looking to next season and beyond, arguably nothing is more important than the prospects contenders have -- and are willing -- to trade.

While much attention is paid to the top name or two in each team's farm system, depth matters too.

At this time of year, when buyers are competing to bolster their rosters for the stretch run and sellers are looking to next season and beyond, arguably nothing is more important than the prospects contenders have -- and are willing -- to trade.

While much attention is paid to the top name or two in each team's farm system, depth matters too.

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Just look at the Dodgers, who were able to acquire Manny Machado from the Orioles without giving up their top two prospects, outfielder Alex Verdugo (No. 29 overall, per MLB Pipeline) and catcher Keibert Ruiz (No. 38 overall). They also held onto right-hander Dustin May (No. 83 overall), whom Baltimore reportedly coveted.

And yet, Los Angeles' five-player package, which was headlined by outfielder Yusniel Diaz, was enough to get a deal done. Diaz was the Dodgers' No. 4 prospect at the time of the trade, and he now tops the O's system while ranking 57th overall.

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So which clubs are in the best position to make a trade like that between now and Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline? Here are seven teams with the prospects to swing a summer blockbuster, ordered based on the number of prospects they have on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 list.

Note: Prospect Points are determined by assigning a numerical value to each spot in the Top 100, giving 100 points to No. 1, 99 points to No. 2, and so on. A team's total is calculated by adding the values assigned to each of its Top 100 prospects.

1. Braves
Top 100 prospects (8): Right-hander Mike Soroka (No. 15 overall, per MLB Pipeline), right-hander Kyle Wright (No. 25), right-hander Ian Anderson (No. 40), third baseman Austin Riley (No. 44), catcher Cristian Pache (No. 58), left-hander Luiz Gohara (No. 63), right-hander Touki Toussaint (No. 78), left-hander Kolby Allard (No. 93)
Prospect Points ranking: 3rd
The Braves' system is stacked, as the club has four more prospects in the Top 100 than any other team on this list. With Atlanta in rebuilding mode over the past several years, the club hasn't made a major Trade Deadline acquisition since Michael Bourn in 2011, and that was under a different regime. Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos was at the helm in Toronto when the Blue Jays picked up David Price from the Tigers for Matthew Boyd, Daniel Norris and Jairo Labourt in July '15, but Anthopoulos has expressed his reluctance to trade young assets for a rental player this time around. If the Braves do deal from their wealth of Top 100 prospects, it will likely be for controllable talent. They are believed to be in the market for relief help and have also been linked to Toronto starter Marcus Stroman, who is under team control through '20.

2. Yankees
Top 100 prospects (4): Left-hander Justus Sheffield (No. 28 overall), outfielder Estevan Florial (No. 47), right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga (No. 77), right-hander Albert Abreu (No. 79)
Prospect Points ranking: 12th
The Yankees' farm system remains among the best in the game without even taking into account Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier, who have both lost their prospect status. The club's system has also been heralded for its depth, even beyond the players in the Top 100. Though the Yankees made a bid for Machado and have discussed Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets, general manager Brian Cashman seemingly has been hesitant to raid the farm for a big-name player. New York has already acquired Zach Britton and J.A. Happ without moving any Top 100 prospects, and there's a chance it won't make any other major moves, even with Aaron Judge sustaining a chip fracture in his right wrist on Thursday and the Yankees sitting 4 1/2 games behind the Red Sox in the American League East entering Friday.

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3. Dodgers
Top 100 prospects (4): Verdugo, Ruiz, catcher/third baseman Will Smith (No. 74 overall), May
Prospect Points ranking: 11th
Yep, even after acquiring Yu Darvish last July and Machado on July 18, the Dodgers still possess an impressive collection of youngsters in the Minors. But it remains to be seen if president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and general manager Farhan Zaidi are looking to make another big transaction. On one hand, the Dodgers' World Series window is open now, and adding a big-name pitcher such as deGrom or Chris Archer could be the move that brings home a title. Furthermore, it would give the club an insurance policy if Clayton Kershaw decides to opt out of his contract in the offseason. On the other hand, the Dodgers have an incredibly deep roster, six healthy starters and a bullpen that could get Josh Fields and Tony Cingrani back from the disabled list soon.

4. Phillies
Top 100 prospects (3): Right-hander Sixto Sanchez (No. 17 overall), third baseman Alec Bohm (No. 46), right-hander Adonis Medina (No. 73)
Prospect Points ranking: 14th
Another surprise contender in the National League East, the Phillies have been consistently featured in Trade Talk throughout July, and their reported willingness to part with right-hander Medina made them a finalist for Machado. But after falling short in their pursuit of Machado, Philadelphia has turned its attention to lower-cost players. Meanwhile, the club has remained steadfast in its refusal to deal the crown jewel of its farm system, Sanchez, who has recorded a 2.51 ERA in Class A Advanced this season. Still, even if Sanchez remains off the table, the Phils have the pieces to make a Trade Deadline splash should the club's front office decide it is one big acquisition away from emerging as the favorite in a wide-open NL.

5. Brewers
Top 100 prospects (3): Second baseman Keston Hiura (No. 27 overall), right-hander Corbin Burnes (No. 53), right-hander Freddy Peralta (No. 82)
Prospect Points ranking: 17th
Milwaukee was a Trade Deadline seller in general manager David Stearns' first season in charge, sending Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress to the Rangers and Will Smith to the Giants in 2016, and Stearns held off on making a notable deal last July despite being in contention for the postseason. It's been a different story this year, with the Brewers landing reliever Joakim Soria and third baseman Mike Moustakas, though the highest-ranked prospect they moved in those transactions was outfielder Brett Phillips, who was 10th on Milwaukee's list before being sent to Kansas City for Moose. That leaves Stearns with a strong system to trade from as he looks to address the rotation, which remains the club's biggest area of need. Peralta has already made a significant impact in the Majors, posting a 3.74 ERA with an 11.8 K/9 rate in eight starts, so it's unlikely the Brewers would move him for another starter. Meanwhile, the belief around baseball, according to The Athletic (subscription required), is that Milwaukee won't trade Hiura, who has recorded an .868 OPS in the Minors this season. But Burnes could be in play as the headliner in a blockbuster deal.

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6. Astros
Top 100 prospects (3): Right-hander Forrest Whitley (No. 7 overall), outfielder Kyle Tucker (No. 8), outfielder Yordan Alvarez (No. 42)
Prospect Points ranking: 6th
After winning the 2017 World Series championship with former highly rated prospects such as Carlos Correa, George Springer, Alex Bregman and Lance McCullers Jr. playing key roles and trading for Gerrit Cole in the offseason, the Astros still have a good deal of promising youngsters on the farm. But Houston's MLB roster is so talented that the club likely won't need to move any of its top prospects for a substantial upgrade. Of course, if Astros president of baseball operations and general manager Jeff Luhnow does want to bring in, say, the Reds' Raisel Iglesias or the Marlins' J.T. Realmuto, he likely could make it happen by dangling Whitley, Tucker and/or Alvarez.

7. A's
Top 100 prospects (3): Left-hander Jesus Luzardo (No. 12 overall), left-hander A.J. Puk (No. 39), catcher Sean Murphy (No. 54)
Prospect Points ranking: 10th
Although the A's financial restrictions are well documented, executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane hasn't been averse to dipping into the farm system to make a trade when the club has been in contention in the past. In July 2014, Beane sent top prospect Addison Russell along with youngsters Billy McKinney and Dan Straily to the Cubs for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. The A's supplemented their system by trading Sonny Gray to the Yankees and Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to the Nationals last summer, adding Luzardo, Jorge Mateo (Oakland's No. 7 prospect), James Kaprielian (No. 9), Sheldon Neuse (No. 10) and Dustin Fowler in those deals. Luzardo may be off the table, but Beane still has plenty to work with here.

Thomas Harrigan is an editor for MLB.com.

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No. 7 prospect Acevedo gets taste of Show

Right-hander called up from Double-A, sent back down on same day
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NEW YORK -- Domingo Acevedo's excitement from getting his first callup to the Majors was short-lived, as the Yankees optioned the right-hander back to Double-A Trenton after Saturday's 7-6 win over the Mets.

The Yankees' No. 7 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, temporarily took the roster spot of right-hander Domingo German, who was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre after taking the loss in the Subway Series opener on Friday. Although Acevedo served as a starter in his six years in the Minors, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that the righty was called up to serve as an extra arm in the bullpen if the team would need a long-reliever on Saturday afternoon.

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NEW YORK -- Domingo Acevedo's excitement from getting his first callup to the Majors was short-lived, as the Yankees optioned the right-hander back to Double-A Trenton after Saturday's 7-6 win over the Mets.

The Yankees' No. 7 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, temporarily took the roster spot of right-hander Domingo German, who was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre after taking the loss in the Subway Series opener on Friday. Although Acevedo served as a starter in his six years in the Minors, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that the righty was called up to serve as an extra arm in the bullpen if the team would need a long-reliever on Saturday afternoon.

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"Just having to go to our 'pen yesterday early, Acevedo's stretched out as a starter, so he's built up 100 pitches and he's on his fifth day," Boone said prior to Saturday's contest. "He kind of gives us that protection if we got in the situation where we needed a lot of length, he's the best option for us right now."

Acevedo, 24, is 2-2 with a 2.84 ERA with 40 strikeouts over 50 2/3 innings across 11 outings (eight starts) with Trenton. He missed roughly a month and a half with a blister after just two outings. Although his time in the Majors did not last long, Acevedo could be someone that club calls on again in the future, as the Yankees continue to figure out their starting rotation.

Video: Top Prospects: Domingo Acevedo, RHP, Yankees

"I'll be ready for whatever situation that will help the team win," Acevedo said. "Just be ready and give the best I have."

Despite not yet making his Major League debut, Acevedo had an exciting experience getting his first call up to the big leagues that the righty said he was not expecting to come until at least September. After his game in Binghamton, N.Y. for Trenton on Friday, Acevedo was watching Netflix in his hotel room when he heard a knock on the door around 11 p.m. ET.

"I saw the manager, and I said, 'What happened? The manager is in my room,'" Acevedo said in English. "The next thing I see is the pitching coach, and the manager said, 'I need a translator, your teammate.' So he [told my teammate I was getting called up], and I said, 'Oh, seriously?' and he said, 'Oh, yes, congrats.' I don't know, I started laughing and gave a big hug to my pitching coach and a little cry. I said, 'I need to call my mom.'"

Acevedo picked up the phone and called his mother, who lives in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to tell her the news. When she answered, she was worried that something was wrong because he was calling her so late at night, but that concern quickly changed to joy.

"I said, 'Take a seat and breathe,' and she said, 'What happened?'" Acevedo said. "I said, 'The Yankees called up for me to go to the big leagues.' She just cried with me."

Acevedo left Binghamton around 5 a.m. ET Saturday and drove straight to Yankee Stadium. He hugged his new teammates as they filed into the clubhouse and said he talked with Boone when he got to the stadium.

"[Boone] said be ready and keep working," Acevedo said. "He basically told me, 'Trust your stuff, trust yourself and be ready.'"

Touted for his triple-digit velocity and his 6-foot-7 frame, Acevedo climbed the Minor League ladder last year all the way to Triple-A and logged a career-high 133 innings. His velocity typically registers in the mid- to high-90s as a starter, and he complements his fastball with a changeup and a slider. According to scouting reports, Acevedo could blossom into a high-leverage reliever.

"Early in spring, his velocity was down," Boone said. "He's kind of worked his way back and I think started to gain some momentum and traction and has been throwing the ball well in Double-A. The velocity has been back up in the mid-90s. He's got a really good changeup and slider, so he's been throwing the ball pretty well."

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Sheffield to represent Yanks at Futures Game

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TORONTO -- It is appropriate that this year's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will be played at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The Yankees' corner of the United States clubhouse will belong to the Justus Department.

Justus Sheffield, the Yankees' top pitching prospect and the No. 39 prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB Pipeline, will serve as the franchise's lone representative for the July 15 exhibition.

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TORONTO -- It is appropriate that this year's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will be played at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The Yankees' corner of the United States clubhouse will belong to the Justus Department.

Justus Sheffield, the Yankees' top pitching prospect and the No. 39 prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB Pipeline, will serve as the franchise's lone representative for the July 15 exhibition.

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"It's just a great honor that the Yankees picked me to go to represent them," Sheffield told reporters in Moosic, Pa. "It definitely does show me that things are possible if you just keep working and pushing for it. So I'm just really excited and ready to get going with it."

The 22-year-old Sheffield appears to be moving closer to his big league debut. He is 3-5 with a 2.49 ERA in 15 games (14 starts) this season between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, with 88 strikeouts and 36 walks over 79 2/3 innings.

Since being promoted to Triple-A, Sheffield is 2-3 with a 2.61 ERA in 10 games (nine starts), holding opponents to a .204 batting average.

"He's continued to pitch well, pitch better," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "He started off the year at Double-A and kind of worked on some things, worked on the things that [pitching coach] Larry [Rothschild] and our player development pitchers wanted him to work on.

"He had a successful run in Triple-A and is pitching well coming off a seven-inning start in his last one [on Monday at Buffalo]. He's, I think overall, had a very strong year for him and for us. He's obviously someone that we feel like is a very big part of our future."

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Loaisiga sent to Triple-A with Cole ready

Right-hander could return next week for doubleheader
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NEW YORK -- After making his first four Major League starts in the absence of an injured Masahiro Tanaka, Jonathan Loaisiga was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following the Yankees' 5-3, 11-inning loss to the Braves on Monday night.

The right-hander threw 92 pitches in just four innings, allowing three runs on five hits, which included his first home run allowed -- to Johan Camargo in the third inning.

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NEW YORK -- After making his first four Major League starts in the absence of an injured Masahiro Tanaka, Jonathan Loaisiga was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following the Yankees' 5-3, 11-inning loss to the Braves on Monday night.

The right-hander threw 92 pitches in just four innings, allowing three runs on five hits, which included his first home run allowed -- to Johan Camargo in the third inning.

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"I thought he threw the ball OK. Just, again, having a hard time putting guys away," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "They fouled off a lot of pitches against him, ran his pitch count up pretty high, so he just had a hard time putting guys away when he had the opportunity."

Despite a shaky start Monday, Loaisiga (2-0, 3.00 ERA) had two solid outings in his short time in the Majors. He made his Major League debut on June 15, blanking the Rays through five innings. Two starts later, the righty carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and recorded a career-high eight strikeouts in Philadelphia.

Video: NYY@PHI: Loaisiga K's 8 in 1-hit gem vs. the Phillies

"That kid who started tonight has really good stuff," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "I thought we did a really good job of grinding through some at-bats. I watched his game against the Phillies the other day. That kid is something else."

Loaisiga ranked No. 12 among Yankees prospects

Although Tanaka is expected to return to the Yankees' rotation for the Baltimore series next week, Yankees fans have not seen the last of Loaisiga. Boone said it's likely that the young hurler will get the call to pitch in one of the doubleheader games against the Orioles on Monday.

"It's hard to say," Loaisiga said, when asked if he was surprised to be getting optioned. "You never know, but, to me, it's seeing the good side of that and coming back soon. … I want to work on the sharpness of my breaking pitches. I want that back so that I am able to put away guys."

Video: ATL@NYY: Yankees on 5-3 extra-inning loss to Braves

The team activated A.J. Cole from the disabled list prior to Tuesday's contest. After using five relievers Monday night, adding Cole to the bullpen may prove a necessity for New York in game two against Atlanta.

"We'll have to be cautious a little bit tomorrow," Boone said. "But with Cole coming back -- between Cole and [David Hale] -- we feel like we're covered from a length situation, with both of those guys able to give us pretty good length."

Despite the demotion, Loaisiga is pleased with his first experience in the big leagues. Before getting the call, the right-hander had made it as high as Double-A, where he was 3-1 with a 4.32 ERA in six starts.

"I think I did a good job," Loaisiga said. "I helped the team win two games. It was a beautiful experience for me and a learning process. Now I just want to focus and try to get back as soon as possible to help the team."

Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.

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