Yankees minor leaguer Alexander Figueredo killed in Venezuela

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The New York Daily News reports that Yankees minor league pitcher Alexander Figueredo was fatally shot in Venezuela last month. The 20-year-old was at a party in Guacara in the early hours of November 27 when the incident occurred, as reported by Notitarde in Venezuela.

The Yankees signed Figueredo to a minor league contract in July 2013. He didn’t pitch this past season, but did play in the Dominican Summer League in 2015. He made 11 starts and one relief appearance, compiling a 1.89 ERA with a 52/22 K/BB ratio in 57 innings.

We at NBC send our condolences to friends and family of Figueredo.

Twins minor league pitcher Yorman Landa was recently killed in a car accident in Venezuela.

Astros claim Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins

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The Astros announced on Monday that the club claimed reliever Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins.

Boshers, 29, had been designated for assignment by the Twins last week. Across parts of three seasons, the lefty compiled a 4.59 ERA with a 78/25 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings in the big leagues.

Boshers has handled left-handed hitters much better than right-handed hitters, holding them to a career .621 and .793 OPS, respectively. If he makes the 25-man roster out of spring training, the Astros may use him as a LOOGY — a left-handed one-out guy. As of right now, Tony Sipp is the only lefty in the ‘pen.