Forgot to mention this before, but Friday was a tough day for all those who have decided Ian Kennedy isn’t any good. He threw four hitless innings in his debut in the Puerto Rican Winter League, striking out five and walking three. Kennedy is pitching for Indios de Mayaguez.
The Mayaguez roster includes former Yankee Wil Nieves and Mets prospect Nick Evans.
If you’re interested in following the winter leagues, MLB.com has a page set up with all the links you need.
There were 561 minor leaguers declared free agents last week. Baseball America.com has the complete list.
Here’s who the Yankees cut loose:
RHP: Oneli Perez (AAA), Scott Strickland (AAA), Jose Valdez (AA), Victor Zambrano (AAA)
LHP: Eric Milton (AAA), Edgar Soto (Hi A)
C: Ben Blumenthal (Lo A), Jason Brown (AAA), Chris Stewart (AAA)
1B: Ben Broussard (AAA), Josh Kreuzer (Hi A)
INF: Bernie Castro (AAA), Nick Green (AAA), Carlos Mendoza (AA), Chris Basak (AAA)
OF: Matt Carson (AAA), Edwar Gonzalez (AA), C.J. Henry (Hi A)
Notes: Henry is the former first-round draft pick who was traded to Philadelphia in the Bobby Abreu trade then returned to the Yankees when the Phillies cut him. A former high school basketball star, he has enrolled at Memphis to play hoops for John Calipari. He’s a walk-on as part of his original deal with the Yankees included a college education at the school of his choice. Surprised that a big-time school would take a chance on a rusty player? Don’t be. Henry’s brother, Xavier Henry, is the top high school point guard in the country and is being recruited by the Tigers. … Zambrano and Milton are the injured veterans the Yankees signed over the summer. … Stewart, Basak and Green have had big-league cups of coffee with the Yankees in recent years.