Gulf Coast League Yankees

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.

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

Gulf Coast League Yankees East & West
Tampa, Florida
1964–1965, 2000–present
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Cap insignia
Class-level
CurrentRookie
Minor league affiliations
LeagueGulf Coast League
Division
  • North (Yankees East)
  • North (Yankees West)
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
CurrentNew 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)
BallparkGeorge M. Steinbrenner Field (2004–present)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
New York Yankees
Manager
Dan Fiorito (Yankees East)

Nick Ortiz (Yankees West)

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 Yankees West and Yankees East, as before 2019, they competed within the league's Northwest and Northeast divisions, respectively. In 2019, both teams compete in the North division.

Season-by-season

(from Baseball Reference Bullpen)

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
SRL Yankees
1964 24–35 4th Bill Shantz
FRL Yankees
1965 17–42 6th Chuck Boone
GCL Yankees
1966 32–16 1st Dick Berardino League Champs
No playoffs until 1983
1980 27–35 7th Carlos Tosca
1981 30–29 7th Carlos Tosca
1982 42–21 1st Carlos Tosca League Champs
1984 28–35 8th Jack Gillis
1985 43–18 1st Carlos Tosca League Champs
Playoff game vs. GCL Rangers rained out.
Yankees declared champions based on record
1986 33–29 4th (t) Fred Ferreira
1987 31–32 7th Fred Ferreira
1988 45–18 1st Brian Butterfield League Champs
vs. GCL Royals (1 game to 0)
1989 41–22 1st Jack Gillis League Champs
vs. GCL Dodgers (2 games to 1)
1990 32–30 8th (t) Glenn Sherlock
1991 27–32 11th Ken Dominguez
1992 31–28 6th Gary Denbo
1993 30–29 9th Glenn Sherlock
1994 26–32 8th Hector Lopez
1995 32–26 8th (t) Hector Lopez
1996 37–21 2nd Ken Dominguez League Champs
vs. GCL Rangers (2 games to 0)
Won in 1st round
vs. GCL Expos (1 game to 0)
1997 40–20 2nd Ken Dominguez Lost in 1st round
vs. GCL Mets (1 game to 0)
1998 34–26 3rd (t) Ken Dominguez
1999 32–28 5th Ken Dominguez
2000 38–22 3rd Derek Shelton Lost League Finals
vs. GCL Rangers (2 games to 1)
Won in 1st round
vs. GCL Marlins (1 game to 0)
2001 35–25 4th Derek Shelton League Champs
vs. GCL Dodgers (2 games to 1)
Won in 1st round
vs. GCL Red Sox (1 game to 0)
2002 36–24 3rd Manny Crespo
2003 26–31 8th Dan Radison
2004 36–23 1st Oscar Acosta League Champs
vs. GCL Red Sox (2 games to 0)
2005 33–20 2nd Oscar Acosta League Champs
vs. GCL Mets (2 games to 0)
Won in 1st round
vs. GCL Red Sox (1 game to 0)
2006 33–20 3rd Matt Martin
2007 42–17 2nd Jody Reed League Champs
vs. GCL Dodgers (2 games to 1)
Won in 1st round
vs. GCL Twins (1 game to 0)
2008 31–27 7th Jody Reed
2009 33–27 4th Tom Slater Lost in 1st round
vs. GCL Marlins (1 game to 0)
2010 24–32 12th (t) Tom Slater
2011 37–23 3rd Carlos Mendoza League Champs
vs. GCL Marlins
Won in 1st round
vs. GCL Orioles (1 game to 0)
2012 35–25 4th Tom Nieto
GCL Yankees 1 (2013–present)
2013 28–32 8th (t) Tom Nieto
2014 38–22 1st 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)
2015 26–32 12th Julio Mosquera
2016 19–36 17th Raúl Domínguez
2017 33–27 6th 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)
2013 36–24 2nd Mario Garza Lost in 1st round
vs. GCL Red Sox (1 game to 0)
2014 35–25 5th Pat Osburn Lost in 1st round
vs. GCL Yankees 1 (1 game to 0)
2015 26–34 13th Marc Bombard
2016 24–31 12th (t) Marc Bombard
2017 32–27 7th Marc Bombard

Roster

Gulf Coast League Yankees East roster
Players Coaches/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
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New York Yankees minor league players

Gulf Coast League Yankees West roster
Players Coaches/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

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