Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres was among six players New York protected from the Rule 5 Draft by adding to the 40-man roster on Monday.
New York also protected RHP Albert Abreu, RHP Domingo Acevedo, infielder Thairo Estrada, RHP Jonathan Loaisiga and outfielder Billy McKinney, while opting not to add LHP Nestor Cortes or RHP J.P. Feyereisen to the 40-man roster.
Prospects who have been professional players for five seasons are eligible to be drafted through the Rule 5 process if they aren't on a team's 40-man roster. The Yankees earlier traded RHPs Ronald Herrera and Nick Rumbelow to clear space on the roster.
Torres, ranked MLB.com's No. 3 prospect, Baseball America's No. 5 prospect and Baseball Prospectus' No. 15 prospect entering last season, is expected to compete for a spot on the 25-man roster coming out of spring training in 2018 despite missing most of the 2017 season due to Tommy John surgery.