The Yankees saw a few players come and go during the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday at the Las Vegas Winter Meetings.
De la Cruz, 23, posted a 4.71 ERA with the Clinton LumberKings (Mariners A-ball team) over 57.1 innings in 34 games. A converted outfielder in 2014, De la Cruz has found a niche in the bullpen.
Hill, 22, played for the Salem Red Sox (Red Sox High-A team) in 2018. Over 124 games, he posted a .254/.348/.312 line with one homer, 20 doubles, and 38 RBI.
At 6-foot, 210 pounds Hill is touted for his bat over his fielding prowess, according to SoxProspects.com. He has a "left field-only profile due to lack of arm strength and poor instincts." However, he does have some upside with his hitting, especially after a .332 average in 2016.
The Yankees also saw a lot of teams dip into their system on Thursday. Here is who got selected...
- RHP Nick Green to the Diamondbacks
- C Chris Rabago to the Royals
- RHP Gilmael Troya to the Phillies
- RHP Anyelo Gomez to the Red Sox
- OF Mark Payton to the Athletics
- RHP Alexander Vargas to the Cubs
All of these players came in the minor league portion of the draft, meaning neither the Yankees or the teams that selected out of New York's system will have to keep these players on the 25-man roster in 2019.