After losing four players in the MLB phase of the Rule 5 draft and three more in the MiLB phase, the Yankees added some back when they selected catcher Jorge Saez from the Toronto Blue Jays and right-handed pitcher Colten Brewer from the Pittsburgh Pirates with their picks in the draft.
Saez, 26, was originally a 32nd round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2012 Draft out of Lee University. In 296 career, minor league games he reached as high as Double-A. He owns a career minor league slash line of .234/.322/.373 and last season appeared in 58 games between the Dunedin Blue Jays and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. In 192 at bats in 2016, he hit .260 between the two levels.
Brewer, 24, spent all of the 2016 seasons with the Bradenton Marauders where he went 3-7 with a 4.09 ERA in 18 games, 13 starts. He also had two saves in two opportunities and struck out 66 batters in 70 1/3 innings of work. The right-hander was originally selected in the fourth round of the 2011 First-Year-Player Draft out of Canton High School in Texas. He is a three-pitch pitcher that sits in the low-90s with his fastball and can get it up to 96 MPH at times. He compliments it with a curveball and changeup that are developing.