Gulf Coast League Yankees

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Gulf Coast League Yankees East & West
Tampa, Florida
1964–1965, 2000–present
NewYorkYankees caplogo.svg
Cap insignia
Class-level
CurrentRookie
Minor league affiliations
League Gulf Coast League
Division
  • North (Yankees East)
  • North (Yankees West)
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
Current New York Yankees
Minor league titles
League titles (12)
  • 1966
  • 1982
  • 1985
  • 1988
  • 1989
  • 1996
  • 2001
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2007
  • 2011
  • 2017
Division titles (13)
  • 1985
  • 1988
  • 1989
  • 1996
  • 1997
  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2007
  • 2011
  • 2013**
  • 2014*
*GCL Yankees 1 title; **GCL Yankees 2 title
Team data
Nickname
  • Gulf Coast League Yankees East (2016–present)
  • Gulf Coast League Yankees West (2016–present)
Previous names
  • Gulf Coast League Yankees 1 & 2 (2013-2015)
  • Gulf Coast League Yankees (1966, 1980–2012)
  • Florida Rookie League Yankees (1965)
  • Sarasota Rookie League Yankees (1964)
Ballpark George M. Steinbrenner Field (2004–present)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
New York Yankees
Manager
Dan Fiorito (Yankees East)

Nick Ortiz (Yankees West)

The Gulf Coast League Yankees (or GCL Yankees) are the Rookie League affiliate of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. The GCL Yankees play in Tampa, Florida at the Yankee Complex. The team is composed mainly of players who are in their first year of professional baseball either as draftees or non-drafted free agents.

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The GCL Yankees have won the Gulf Coast League championship twelve times, most recently in 2017 by the GCL Yankees East squad.

History

The Yankees originally fielded a team who played in the Sarasota Rookie League and the Florida Rookie League in 1964 and 1965, which were direct predecessors to the Gulf Coast League, before not fielding a team in the market until 1980.

In 2004, the Gulf Coast Yankees swept the Gulf Coast Red Sox to become the 2004 Gulf Coast League Champions. In 2005, the GCL Yankees swept the Gulf Coast Mets in the best-of-three series to win the Gulf Coast League championship again. In 2007, the GCL Yankees defeated the Gulf Coast Dodgers to claim the title again. The team defeated the Gulf Coast Marlins in the 2011 Gulf Coast League championship series. The Yankees began fielding two teams in the Gulf Coast League in 2013, named Yankees 1 and Yankees 2; now YankeesWest and YankeesEast, as before 2019, they competed within the league's Northwest and Northeast divisions, respectively. In 2019, both teams compete in the North division.

Gulf Coast League minor baseball league in Florida

The Gulf Coast League is a rookie-level Minor League Baseball league that operates in Florida, United States. Together with the Arizona League, it forms the lowest rung on the North American minor-league ladder.

Season-by-season

(from Baseball Reference Bullpen)

YearRecordFinishManagerPlayoffs
SRL Yankees
196424–354thBill Shantz
FRL Yankees
196517–426thChuck Boone
GCL Yankees
196632–161st Dick Berardino League Champs
No playoffs until 1983
198027–357th Carlos Tosca
198130–297thCarlos Tosca
198242–211stCarlos ToscaLeague Champs
198428–358thJack Gillis
198543–181stCarlos ToscaLeague Champs
Playoff game vs. GCL Rangers rained out.
Yankees declared champions based on record
198633–294th (t)Fred Ferreira
198731–327thFred Ferreira
198845–181st Brian Butterfield League Champs
vs. GCL Royals (1 game to 0)
198941–221stJack GillisLeague Champs
vs. GCL Dodgers (2 games to 1)
199032–308th (t) Glenn Sherlock
199127–3211th Ken Dominguez
199231–286th Gary Denbo
199330–299thGlenn Sherlock
199426–328thHector Lopez
199532–268th (t)Hector Lopez
199637–212ndKen DominguezLeague Champs
vs. GCL Rangers (2 games to 0)
Won in 1st round
vs. GCL Expos (1 game to 0)
199740–202ndKen DominguezLost in 1st round
vs. GCL Mets (1 game to 0)
199834–263rd (t)Ken Dominguez
199932–285thKen Dominguez
200038–223rd Derek Shelton Lost League Finals
vs. GCL Rangers (2 games to 1)
Won in 1st round
vs. GCL Marlins (1 game to 0)
200135–254thDerek SheltonLeague Champs
vs. GCL Dodgers (2 games to 1)
Won in 1st round
vs. GCL Red Sox (1 game to 0)
200236–243rdManny Crespo
200326–318thDan Radison
200436–231st Oscar Acosta League Champs
vs. GCL Red Sox (2 games to 0)
200533–202ndOscar AcostaLeague Champs
vs. GCL Mets (2 games to 0)
Won in 1st round
vs. GCL Red Sox (1 game to 0)
200633–203rdMatt Martin
200742–172nd Jody Reed League Champs
vs. GCL Dodgers (2 games to 1)
Won in 1st round
vs. GCL Twins (1 game to 0)
200831–277thJody Reed
200933–274th Tom Slater Lost in 1st round
vs. GCL Marlins (1 game to 0)
201024–3212th (t)Tom Slater
201137–233rd Carlos Mendoza League Champs
vs. GCL Marlins
Won in 1st round
vs. GCL Orioles (1 game to 0)
201235–254th Tom Nieto
GCL Yankees 1 (2013–present)
201328–328th (t)Tom Nieto
201438–221st Travis Chapman Lost League title
vs. GCL Red Sox (2 games to 1)
Won in 1st round
vs. GCL Yankees 2 (1 game to 0)
201526–3212th Julio Mosquera
201619–3617thRaúl Domínguez
201733–276th Luis Sojo League Champs
vs. GCL Nationals (2 games to 1)
Won in 1st round
vs. GCL Phillies (1 game to 0)
GCL Yankees 2 (2013–present)
201336–242ndMario GarzaLost in 1st round
vs. GCL Red Sox (1 game to 0)
201435–255th Pat Osburn Lost in 1st round
vs. GCL Yankees 1 (1 game to 0)
201526–3413th Marc Bombard
201624–3112th (t)Marc Bombard
201732–277thMarc Bombard

Roster

Gulf Coast League Yankees East roster
PlayersCoaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 17 Roansy Contreras
  • 12 Harold Cortijo
  •  9 Delvi Diaz
  • 54 Wellington Diaz
  • 30 Austin Gardner
  • 26 Tony Hernandez
  • 58 Dalton Higgins
  • 23 Janson Junk
  • -- Rafael Lara
  • 51 Ron Marinaccio
  • 21 Aaron McGarity
  • 55 Brett Morales
  •  3 Luis Ojeda
  • 24 Edward Paredes
  • 15 Luis Rijo
  • 52 Carlos Rodriguez
  • 18 Shawn Semple
  • 49 Wandy Soto

Catchers

  •  7 Malvin Del Orbe
  • 53 Pedro Diaz
  • 16 Carlos Gallardo
  •  4 Ysaac Pena
  • 11 Hemmanuel Rosario

Infielders

  • 59 Nelson Alvarez
  • 14 Lisandro Blanco
  • -- Miguel Flames
  •  6 Jesus Graterol
  •  4 Borinquen Mendez

Outfielders

  • 19 Robert Javier
  • 13 Raymundo Moreno
  • 57 Jhon Moronta
  • 22 Canaan Smith

Manager

Coaches

  • -- Aaron Leanhardt (hitting)
  • -- Elvis Quezada (pitching)
  • -- Hector Rabago (catching)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On New York Yankees 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated March 16, 2019
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB    Gulf Coast League
New York Yankees minor league players

As with nearly all North American professional team sports, the size of Minor League Baseball teams is limited by rosters. These size limits vary by each classification. All Major League Baseball-affiliated Triple-A and Double-A teams are limited to 25-man active rosters. Unaffiliated Mexican League teams have 35-man rosters, but are limited to 30 active players per game. Class A-Advanced and Class A teams are limited to 25 active players with a total of 35 players under control with additional limitations in regard to prior minor league experience. Teams at lower levels have 35-man active rosters with limitations on minor league service time. A team's reserve roster consists of players on the injured list, those who are restricted or suspended, or who are otherwise temporarily inactive. Major league players on rehabilitation assignments do not count against active roster limits.

Below are the full rosters and coaching staff of the 16 teams of Minor League Baseball's Gulf Coast League.

Gulf Coast League Yankees West roster
PlayersCoaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 26 Pedro Barrios
  • 48 Havid Burgos
  • 49 Daniel Calderon
  • 56 Pedro Espinola
  • 63 Jairo Garcia
  •  9 Yoendrys Gomez
  • 13 Anyelo Luna
  • 10 Alex Mauricio
  • 28 Alex Mejias
  • 85 Brignel Mendez
  • 29 Jhonatan Munoz
  • 61 Anderson Reynoso
  • -- Alexander Rosario
  • 60 Matt Sauer
  • 35 Chad Whitmer

Catchers

  •  6 Gustavo Campero
  • -- Brayan Rodriguez
  •  5 David Vergel

Infielders

  • 27 Samuel De La Cruz
  • 17 Brayan Jimenez
  • 24 Oswald Peraza
  • 57 Carlos Tatis

Outfielders

  • 58 Jonathan Amundaray
  • 20 Juan De Leon
  • 18 Edel Luaces
  •  8 Luis Martinez

Manager

  • -- vacant

Coaches

  • -- Rich Arena (hitting)
  • -- Antonio Pacheco (defensive)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On New York Yankees 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated March 16, 2019
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB    Gulf Coast League
New York Yankees minor league players

Below is a partial list of Minor League Baseball players in the New York Yankees system.

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