Yankees lose three prospects in Rule 5 draft

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The Yankees lost three prospects in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft, with right-hander Garrett Whitlock selected by Boston, shortstop Kyle Holder going to the Phillies and another right-hander, Trevor Stephan, picked by Cleveland.

They also passed on their own pick, leaving the Yankees’ 40-man roster at 39, which would allow them to re-sign DJ LeMahieu without removing anyone.

The players the Yankees lost must stay on a team’s 26-man roster the entire season or be returned to the Yankees for $50,000.

Whitlock, 24, will have a chance to make Boston’s rotation as he comes back from undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2019. He topped out at Double-A in ‘19.

The 25-year-old Stephan will also compete for a spot on the Indians’ staff. He finished 2019 at Double-A, as well.

Yankees Rule 5 draft Trevor Stephan Garrett Whitlock Kyle Holder
The Yankees lost Trevor Stephan, Garrett Whitlock and Kyle Holder in the Rule 5 draft.
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As for Holder, the 26-year-old lefty-swinging infielder was the Yankees’ first-round pick (30th overall) in 2015 and played at Double-A in 2019. Known for his defense, the offensively-challenged Holder will vie for a spot on Joe Girardi’s team.

The minor league season was wiped out due to the COVID pandemic, with players at alternate sites.