Stealing fellow equipment and selling it online… Yankees prospect’s bizarre behavior

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The bizarre behavior of a minor league player belonging to the New York Yankees has been discovered.

New York local media ‘NJ.com’ reported on the 19th (Korean time) that Yankees minor league player Jake Sanford was released from the club due to an unfortunate incident, citing a source.

According to the report, he is accused of stealing equipment from colleagues and selling them online. It turns out he committed the crime by taking advantage of his easy access to the lockers of a colleague who shares the same clubhouse.

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A Yankees prospect has been released who stole a teammate’s gear and sold it online. Photo = MK Sports DB

Not only that, he also deceived his fans. After posting online that they are selling equipment signed by players, they have been scammed by receiving money and not delivering the goods.

The Yankees have been investigating his conduct, and it was belatedly revealed that he was eventually released last week. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman declined to comment.

The player has deleted his account from Twitter after fans demanded an explanation for the scam. According to the Associated Press, after the release of the Yankees, he signed a contract with the Ottawa Titans, an independent league in the Frontier League.

A graduate of Western Kentucky University, he was drafted by the Yankees in the third round of the 2019 draft. He signed on for a down payment of $597,500.

Last season, he played 101 games in the bottom single A and top single A, batting average of 0.285, on-base percentage of 0.356, slugging percentage of 0.467, 16 homers and 61 RBIs. This season he has not played in any official matches as he has been in expansion camp.

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According to NJ.com, he was evaluated as a promising outfielder who could handle corner outfields as a power outfielder.

[알링턴(미국) =김재호 MK스포츠 특파원]


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