Tampa, Fla. (July 2, 2008) – The New York Yankees of the American League signed former Saint Leo University baseball player Yunior Tabares (Tampa, Fla.) to a free agent contract on June 20, 2008. The outfielder/first baseman has been assigned to Tampa of the Gulf Coast Rookie League.

Tabares played two years for the Lions. He finished his senior year with a .330 batting average and was the lone player to start all 52 games. He had 63 hits, scored 51 runs, collected 15 doubles, one triple and clubbed 11 home runs. He drew 22 walks. The International Business major, who graduated in May, had 20 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI games.

Two of his top performances of the 2008 season included games against Florida Tech on February 2 and Wayne State on March 12. He was three-for-three with a double, a solo home run and two runs scored against the Panthers, while in the Wayne State game he went three-for-five, including two home runs and five runs batted in.

Tabares was named Sunshine State Conference player-of-the-week twice during the 2008 season.

After transferring from Hillsborough Community College, following his sophomore season, the 6-foot-5, 210-pounder batted .286 his junior season with six home runs and 21 runs batted in. He had 10 multi-hit games, including one game with four hits.

While at HCC, he was named the most improved player as a freshman, the team’s defensive player-of-the-year as a sophomore and was selected All-Conference as a sophomore.