George King

Squeezed Out

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Because the 40-man roster was full and they anticipated needing room to add free agents, the Yankees believed they would lose several players in the Rule 5 draft. They were right: Four players were selected in the major league phase and two in the minor league portion.

Majors | #2009#New York Yankees#Organization Reports

The Switch

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They understand the chance of injury is high, the success rate low, and that the endeavor takes time and patience. However, the Yankees have gotten results by converting outfielders to pitchers, and so far they like what they have seen from lefthander Wilkins de la Rosa.

Majors | #2008#New York Yankees#Organization Reports

Fielding Machines

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Brian Cashman didn't hesitate when asked how good shortstop Ramiro Pena is defensively. "He is a high-end fielding machine," the Yankees' general manager said of the 22-year-old from Monterrey, Mexico, who signed in 2005. "We are fortunate that we have two shortstops at Double-A and Triple-A who are fielding machines."

Majors | #2008#New York Yankees#Organization Reports

Nice Catch

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Austin Jackson's first taste of celebrity came in his first big league spring training game when, after making a running catch, Reggie Jackson compared his defensive skills to Devon White and Gary Pettis, two of the best center fielders of the previous generation.

Majors | #2008#New York Yankees#Organization Reports