Braves Return Rule 5 Pick Anyelo Gómez to Yankees

The 25-year-old could not crack the Braves’ Opening Day roster.

The Yankees have received one prospect back after losing him in the Rule 5 draft, as the Atlanta Braves returned right-hander pitcher Anyelo Gómez to the Yankees Tuesday. The Yankees assigned Gómez to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Gómez began 2017 all the way down in Class-A Charleston, before working his way up to one appearance in September with the RailRiders. He had a 5-3 record, a stellar 1.92 ERA and dominating 11.1 strikeouts-per-9 rate. He put up those numbers in 38 games, with just one start (with Double-A Trenton).

The Braves were looking to use Gómez in the front-end of their bullpen. He struggled in seven Spring Training appearances, however, posting a 10.80 ERA in 8⅓ innings for the Braves. He allowed more than a hit per inning, and his walk rate was nearly 63% higher than in 2017.


The Yankees still have three other players who were taken in the Rule 5 draft who are vying to make their respective big league clubs: left-handed pitcher Néstor Cortés (Orioles), right-handed pitcher José Mesa (Orioles) and first baseman Mike Ford (Mariners).

If these players do not make the 25-man roster or open the season on the disabled list, they must be offered back to the Yankees. Otherwise, they must spend the entire season in the major leagues for the team to gain the ability to send them to the minor leagues.

One such example is catcher Luis Torrens, who was taken by the Cincinnati Reds and then traded to the San Diego Padres prior to the 2017 season. The Padres kept Torrens through an understandably awful .163/.243/.203 line in 56 games before optioning him to the Double-A San Antonio Missions March 14.

 

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