Yankees sign two Nicaraguan left-handers


Via Ben Badler, the Yankees have signed two left-handed pitching prospects out of Nicaragua. Corby McCoy, 16, signed for $150k as one of the top pitchers in the country. Badler says the 6-foot-3, 170 pounder sits anywhere from 85-91 with the fastball while also throwing a rudimentary breaking ball. The other player is Luis Garcia (age not listed), who signed for only $50k. He stands 6-foot-4, 185 lbs., and sits 85-88 with the heat.

The Yankees did most of their international heavy lifting on July 2nd, signing C Luis Torrens ($1.2M), OF Alex Palma ($800k), and SS Yancarlos Baez ($650k). That left them with just $150k in spending cap room, which went to McCoy. Each club gets six exemptions of no more than $50k, which is what they used to sign Garcia. As far as we know, they have five exemptions remaining.


  1. mj says:

    i like the signings never hurts to have a few lefties in the system especially if there is still some projection left:)

  2. mj says:

    i like this signings never hurts to have some lefties with projection in the system:)

  3. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Fritangas for everyone.

  4. DM says:

    I hear Corby is the real McCoy.

  5. JonS says:

    “The other player is Luis Garcia (age not listed), who signed for only $50k. ”

    More like age not truly known. lol

  6. TJ says:

    We keep filling the pipeline with young catchers. It sure would be nice to have one materialize not named Montero.

  7. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    A Nicaraguan named Corby McCoy? Awesome.

  8. Fernando says:

    Baseball America listed Garcia’s age as 16.

  9. ColoYank says:

    How many other Nicaraguans have been signed to contracts? Are these the first players from that country the Yanks have signed?

    • JohnnyC says:

      Offhand, Wilton Lopez, the current Astros closer, was signed by the Yankees in 2002 out of Nicaragua. He was released in 2007, was in the Padres organization and now with Houston.

    • A-Rod Apologist says:

      There is also Vicente Padilla…

      • jsbrendog says:


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