A little bit of minor league news while we’re waiting for today’s spring training game against the Nationals.
According Patrick Teale over at Pinstripes Plus, the Yankees have released nine players from minor league camp. The biggest names are infielder Chris Malec and outfielder Seth Fortenberry, each of whom did enough to generate at least a little bit of prospect buzz at some point.
In his five years with the Yankees, Malec walked more than he struck out, good for a .380 on-base percentage. He never hit for much power, though, and he batted just .226 during his brief Triple-A stint last season. Fortenberry had 18 homers and 27 stolen bases with Charleston in 2007, but he hit just .169 last year.
Others released: Mike Lyon, Isaac Harrow, Julian Arballo, Griffin Bailey, Buck Afenir, Dan Miller and Paul Heidler.