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Former Dodgers Top Prospect Designated for Assignment By Yankees

Former Los Angeles Dodgers top prospect and relief pitcher Dennis Santana has been designated for assignment by the New York Yankees and claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Santana appeared in two of the three games against the Dodgers this past weekend. In two innings, he allowed three hits, three earned runs, and three strikeouts on 51 pitches. Santana’s time in New York was one to forget, as he recorded a 6.26 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 19 strikeouts, and allowed opponent to hit .262. The 28-year-old will now go through the waiver process.

The Dodgers signed Santana as an international free agent in 2013. He climbed up the ranks in the Dodgers’ farm system and became the team’s No. 10 prospect in 2018, ahead of guys like Dustin May, Gavin Lux, and Caleb Ferguson. Santana made his debut in June 2018 and picked up the win in relief despite allowing five runs on six hits in 3.2 innings against the Colorado Rockies.

The Dominican Republic native spent the next three-plus seasons with the Dodgers, where he collected a 2-2 record, a 6.42 ERA, and a 1.67 WHIP along with 36 strikeouts in 40.2 innings and 32 games. Santana was eventually designated for assignment by the Dodgers in June 2021.

Following his stint in L.A., he played with the Texas Rangers and New York Mets before signing a minor league contract with the Yankees prior to the 2024 season.

Photo Credit: David Frerker-USA TODAY Sports

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Ricardo Sandoval

Born and Raised in the East side of Los Angeles. Ricardo is a staff writer at Dodgers Nation and on the LA Sports Report network of sites. He's also a lifelong Dodgers and Lakers fan. Ricardo is an alumnus of CSUN (Go Matadors).

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