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Atacho Has Second Life With Yankees

Atacho pitched well in his first season

Signed by the Red Sox out of Venezuela as a strong-armed catcher back in 2005, Alan Atacho found a new lease on life when the Yankees signed him after he was released by Boston and promptly converted him to a pitcher. The 19-year old went 3-5 with a 2.97 ERA in the Dominican Summer League this past season and he is excited about his new career.

Known for his plus arm behind the plate, the former switch-hitting catcher mustered just a combined .173 batting average in two seasons with the Red Sox between the Venezuelan and Dominican Summer Leagues before they gave him his walking papers. "I was a skinny catcher who had a great arm, blocked a little bit - not perfectly, but I blocked - I worked well with the pitchers," Alan Atacho said...

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