Yankees Release 45 Minor Leaguers, Including Local Connecticut Prospect

Lou DiPietro
June 01, 2020 - 6:15 pm

The Yankees were set to release 45 minor-leaguers on Monday, per WFAN MLB insider Jon Heyman, in a series of moves that are part cost-cutting measure amidst the uncertainty of a baseball season and part the usual housecleaning around the end of minor-league spring training and ahead of the MLB Draft.

The team generally does not publicize minor-league transactions, but Bombers minor-league site Pinstriped Prospects has confirmed at least 10 names, most of whom were players that almost exclusively played in the short-season leagues, either stateside or in the Dominican Republic.

Among that group of 10, however, was one notable name with local ties, right-hander Austin DeCarr, who was the team’s third-round pick in 2014.

DeCarr, 25, was born in Foxboro, Mass., and was the team’s third-round pick in 2014 out of Salisbury Prep in Salisbury, Conn. He pitched 23 1/3 innings for Class-A Staten Island that season, but missed all of 2015 and part of 2016 due to Tommy John surgery; he threw 110 2/3 innings for Staten Island and Class-A Charleston from his 2016 return through the end of 2018, but missed all of 2019 due to another injury, and would have been due to become a minor-league free agent at the end of 2020.

While the releases of numerous minor-leaguers is an annual development during a regular baseball season, this set of 45 will save the Yankees roughly $234,000 over the next three months, and will cut the number of non-40-man roster players under contract to the club under 300.

The minor leaguers who were not released will continue to receive the $400 weekly stipend through at least June.