Ex-Yankees farmhands Gil Velazquez and Cody Johnson find new homes

Recently-released ex-RailRiders headed for Triple-A, independent league respectively
05/21/2013 11:20 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Gil Velazquez, seen here tagging Jose Reyes in Spring Training, has returned to the Marlins organization.(AP)

Two recently-released ex-Yankees farmhands have found new homes, with one headed to the same level and one taking the independent route.

The former is infielder Gil Velazquez, who was released from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre roster on May 11 after hitting .173 with two RBI in 27 games (85 at-bats). Velazquez's new home is an old one, as he agreed to a Minor League deal with the Miami Marlins last Saturday and reported to Triple-A New Orleans, where he played shortstop and went 1-for-3 with a walk in his re-debut on Monday.

Velazquez spent 2012 in the Marlins system, hitting .312 with four home runs and 42 RBI in 110 games with the Zephyrs and posting a .232 average in 19 games with Miami during a late-season call-up.

Meanwhile, Velazquez's former RailRiders teammate, OF/1B/DH Cody Johnson, has signed with the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League. Johnson, who was also released on May 11 after hitting just .167 with one home run, four RBI, and 10 walks in 18 games (54 at-bats/64 plate appearances), joined the Revolution on Monday and had a single and two walks in his debut as the DH.

Despite losing those two players and RHP Ryan Pope, the RailRiders may soon get back a player who made a quick appearance on their roster as a replacement for those released; that is infielder Alberto Gonzalez, who according to reports has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A after being designated for assignment by the Yankees on Saturday.

Gonzalez, who was 3-for-9 in three games with the Yankees, was technically on the SWB roster for about 48 hours and didn't play before being recalled to the Majors on May 12. He is expected to report, but can choose to refuse the assignment and elect free agency instead.

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