Yankees release 17 Minor LeaguersTwo 2013 draftees, five members of EL Champion Thunder among cuts
The players released were: catchers Ryan Baker and Jeff Farnham; infielders Ty Afenir, Saxon Butler, Hector Crespo, and Jimmy Falla; outfielders Daniel Aldrich, Shane Brown, Aaron Gates, and Neil Medchill; RHPs Victor Beriguete, Sean Black, John Brebbia, Mariel Checo, and Charlie Haslup; and LHPs Tim Flight and Rich Mascheri.
Of the notable names, Crespo (34th round) and Afenir (39th round) were the two players drafted in 2013 to be let go. Afenir hit just .184 in 38 games between the GCL and Staten Island last summer, while Crespo spent most of the season at Staten Island and hit .220 in 24 games there; he was also, however, one of a few players released to have spent time on the roster of the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, playing four games there in July as an emergency call-up.
Black, drafted in 2009, reached Double-A Trenton for the first time this year, going 2-3 with a 4.22 ERA in six late-season starts, and he joins Brown, Butler, Farnham, and Medchill among the players who spent part or all of 2013 with the Thunder.
Of the remaining players, Baker is perhaps the most notable name; a catcher by trade, he spent the entire season at Triple-A – most of it on the disabled list – and never appeared in a game as a position player, but he did make two emergency appearances on the mound.