Yankees release Malec, eight others

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The Yankees released nine minor league players yesterday, including their 16th round pick in 2005, Chris Malec. A cancer survivor who had his battle chronicled by Jerry Crasnick, Malec was never a great prospect but rather a rock solid organizational soldier. Drafted as contact oriented middle infielder, he moved to the corner infield spots in 2007 and sacrificed contact ability for more power. He leaves the Yankees after 512 minor league games, hitting .285-.380-.392 with more walks (230) than strikeouts (215). After five years in the organization, I’m sad to see him do.

Seth Fortenberry, Mike Lyon, Julian Arballo, Isaac Harrow, Griffin Bailey, Buck Afenir, Dan Miller, and Paul Heidler were the other players who were released. Meh.

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  • A.D.

    I liked Malec, was always hoping he’d step up and get a chance as a utility guy, hopefully catches on somewhere else.

  • Dirty Pena

    This screams J.R. Murphy is going to be the starting CF in Trenton this year.

    • pat


    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      I approve of this nascent meme.

  • Jophil

    werent lyon and harrow just drafted last year? i could be wrong but i thought i remembered their names

    • MikeBK

      no, harrow was this past draft and lyon the one before, ironically both in the 24th round

  • Accent Shallow


    Thanks to DOTF I like to think I’m pretty familiar with the Yankees’ system, but other than Malec and Fortenberry, those guys don’t ring many bells.

  • baseballnation

    Who’s gonna be our prospect watch for the year?? Jesus is the obviouscandidate but I’d like to see a split if possible with Romine. Ahhh I remember the good old days when we followed Hughes on the watch week after week putting up gameboy sick numbers…

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/78400-joseph-delgrippo Joseph DelGrippo

    Malec was a good guy, contact type hitter with consistently high OBP’s. He was similar to Colin Curtis in the way the Yankees thought of him, and also by beating cancer.

    Like Kevin Russo, he just did not have any power, thus his release. But Russo being a middle infielder, he does not need that much power.

    Fortenberry was projected as a Paul O’Neill type player with a good glove and big power potential, but he struck out too much and never hit the ball consistently enough past A ball.

    He was also similar to Russo as both were drafted by the Yankees in 2006 out of Baylor University.

    Guys need to produce at Double A or its good bye.