Report: Yankees Release 8 Minor Leaguers – Pinstriped Prospects
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Report: Yankees Release 8 Minor Leaguers

Sean Carley made headlines when he was drafted due to his resemblance to Kenny Powers (Robert Pimpsner)

Baseball America has reported that the New York Yankees have released eight minor league players from their contracts.  They are Sean Carley, Kyle Halbohn, Cody Hamlin, Tim Holmes, Kane Sweeney, Josh Gardiner, Dan Fiorito, and Nathan Mikolas.

Carley, 26, was selected by the Yankees in the 14th round of the 2014 First-Year player draft out of West Virginia University. In three seasons, Carley went 6-7 with a 3.37 ERA. Last season he split time between the Charleston RiverDogs (Single A) and Tampa Yankees (Single A – Advanced).

Halbohn, 24, was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Yankees on June 16, 2016. In his professional debut with the Gulf Coast Yankees East (Rookie) affiliate last season, Halbohn posted a 0-3 record with a 3.54 ERA in 13 relief appearances.

Hamlin, 24, was signed as a non-drafted free agent by New York on June 16, 2015. Last season he mostly pitched for the Pulaski Yankees (Rookie), before earning a late season promotion to Charleston. In two seasons, Hamlin went 4-2 with a 3.32 ERA.

Holmes, 23, signed with the Yankees on June 21, 2016 as a non-drafted free agent. He made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Yankees East last season and went 0-0 with a 0.59 ERA over 14 relief appearances.

Sweeney, 24, was selected by the Yankees in the 29th round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. Over two seasons Sweeney hit a career .290/.402/.439 with eight home runs, 25 doubles, three triples and 71 runs batted in over 369 at bats.

Gardiner, 23, signed with the Yankees on June 21, 2016 as a non-drafted free agent out of Radford University. In his professional debut for the Pulaski Yankees, Gardiner hit .250/.337/.705 with three doubles, one triple, and four RBI’s over 64 at bats. He appeared in 25 total games.

Fiorito, 26, signed with New York as a non-drafted free agent on August 21, 2012. The veteran split last season between the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple A) and Trenton Thunder (Double A). In 322 career games, Fiorito posted a .240/.308/.317 slash line.  He has rejoined the organization as a minor league coach.

Mikolas, 23, was selected by the Yankees in the third round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. Mikolas split time between Staten Island (Class A – Short Season) and Charleston. In his career (five seasons), Mikolas hit .235/.336/.344 with 15 home runs, 35 doubles, four triples and 106 runs batted in.

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