Winter League Report: Holder Gets Two Hits in AFL

Yankees middle infield prospect Kyle Holder got the start for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League yesterday, batting ninth and playing second base.

The former first-round draft pick went 2-for-4 in the game to bring his season average to .364 over three games.  Holder is a taxi-squad player, meaning he will not play as often as some of the other Yankees prospects in the Fall League so he must make the most of every opportunity.  So far, he has, with a base hit in every game he has played in the young season.

Right-handed reliever Cody Carroll also made an appearance in the game, pitching a shutout ninth inning for the Scorpions.  Carroll has yet to allow a run in three games so far out of the bullpen.  He has struck out three batters over three innings in the AFL, also walking 3.

In the Venezuelan Winter League, Alexander Palma had another base hit as he went 1-for-5 on the night for Leones del Caracas.  His winter league batting average now sits at .472.

Luis Cedeno made his 2017 Winter League debut, pitching 1/3 of an inning for Caribes de Anzoategui.  He allowed a hit but did not allow a run.  His fellow Yankees prospect Daniel Alvarez threw in the same game for Cardenales de Lara.  Alvarez allowed a hit and struck out one batter over two innings of work.  In 2 games so far, this season he has not allowed a run in 3 2/3 innings.

Catcher, Francisco Diaz has been struggling so far, this winter for Bravos de Margarita.  Diaz has not gotten a hit since October 10 and has a streak of 4 hitless ball games.  His season average is now down to .059.

Over in the Dominican Winter League, Mike Ford is continuing his struggles with an 0-for-2 game for Estrellas Orientales.  He did score a run after walking but has only one hit in four games.

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Right-handed pitcher Adonis Rosa made his 2017 DWL debut last night, getting the start for Gigantes del Cibao.  He pitched three innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits and two walks while striking out four batters.  Fellow Yankee prospect Anyelo Gomez pitch an inning of relief allowing two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out two batters.

Tyler Jones made his debut for Tigres Del Licey in the game, striking out the only batter he faced.

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