The one and only Matt Eddy of Baseball America compiled this year’s list of six (or more) year minor league free agents, a list that runs 533 players deep. The Yankees lost 20 players, the most notable of whom are Jason Hirsh, Jon Ortiz, Wilkin DeLaRosa, P.J. Pilittere, Marcos Vechionacci, and Justin Christian. Former Yankee farmhands T.J. Beam, Eric Duncan, D’Angelo Jimenez, Mitch Jones, Edwar Ramirez, and some guy named Brian Bruney also hit free agency.
If you’re looking for some sleepers, the one name that stands out is utility guy Drew Sutton (plays all four infield spots plus the outfield corners). He’s got a .381 OBP in more than 1,200 plate appearances at Double- and Triple-A, and he’s recently worked with the guy that turned Ben Zobrist into an All Star. If nothing else, that’s a prime piece to stash in Scranton. I guess LHP Clay Zavada, RHP Jesus Delgado, OF Wladimir Balentien, and RHP Jay Sborz are interesting as well, but none of them are forgotten gems.