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.

  • mj

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

  • mj

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

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Fritangas for everyone.

  • DM

    I hear Corby is the real McCoy.

  • JonS

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

    More like age not truly known. lol

  • TJ

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

    • Ted Nelson


  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    A Nicaraguan named Corby McCoy? Awesome.

    • AnthonyD

      How did 6 comments squeak out before this was mentioned?

  • Fernando

    Baseball America listed Garcia’s age as 16.

  • ColoYank

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

    • JohnnyC

      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

      There is also Vicente Padilla…

      • jsbrendog