The Yankees signed right-hander Roansy Contreras out of the Dominican Republic on July 2, 2016, for $250,000 as a 17-year old.
Contreras made his professional debut in the Dominican Summer League where he went 0-3 with a 3.68 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched over six starts. On July 8, he was promoted to the Gulf Coast League Yankees where he went 4-1 with a 4.26 ERA in 8 games, 5 starts. Over 31 2/3 innings, he struck out 17 batters and allowed 15 earned runs on 35 hits and 17 walks. In total, he went 4-4 with a 4.02 ERA in 14 games with 34 strikeouts in 53 2/3 innings.
The 2018 season saw Contreras make a big leap in development. He started the season off in extended spring training before reporting to Staten Island to pitch for the Staten Island Yankees. In 5 starts for the Yankees, he pitched to a 1.26 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings pitched. His best start of the season came on June 24 when he allowed just two hits and struck out 10 batters in six innings.
His success earned him a promotion to the Charleston RiverDogs on July 21, 2018. With Charleston, he went 0-2 with a 3.38 ERA and 28 strikeouts over 34 2/3 innings pitched in 7 starts.
Roansy Contreras is a three-pitch pitcher, featuring a fastball in the mid-90s, a changeup and a curveball. He has an aggressive pitching style, attacking the strike zone with authority. Contreras has shown the ability to locate his pitches and mix them effectively to keep hitters off balance. Additionally, he is not afraid to work the inside portion of the plate against lefties and righties.
Contreras will likely return to the South Atlantic League to start the 2019 season but do not rule out a quick promotion for him if he dominates as he did in Staten Island.