Yanks sign hard-throwing Logan Kensing to minor league deal

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The Yankees made a bullpen acquisition earlier today, though it’s not one that has an immediate impact on the major league team. Via his agency, right-hander Logan Kensing has signed a minor league deal with the Yanks. Kensing last pitched the the majors in 2009 with the Marlins and the Nationals, combining for an ugly 8.92 ERA in 35.1 innings. That goes a long way in explaining his absence from the majors in 2010.

Kensing came into the league as a 21-year-old with the Marlins in 2004, though he didn’t become a regular until 2006. From 2006 through 2008 he threw 106.1 innings to a 3.98 ERA and 4.53 FIP, striking out more than a batter per inning while walking nearly five. He underwent Tommy John surgery, which limited him to just 13.1 innings in 2007 and cost him the end of the 2006 season. That he pitched as a regular in 2006, of course, means that Joe Girardi is familiar with him. Apparently Girardi liked him very much in 2006.

After he was designated for assignment in 2009 the Marlins traded him to the Nats for a low-tier pitching prospect. On May 15th the Nats designated him for assignment, but brought him back in July. While he wasn’t as bad from July through the end of the season, he still had a 6.65 ERA, due in large part to a pair of horrible performances. There’s no real way to pretty it up: he’s been terrible.

Kensing does throw hard, usually around 92-93. He goes to a slider often. The chances of him cracking the major league roster are pretty low, but he’s kind of an interesting pick-up, considering he even got to the bigs as a 21-year-old. But that was a long time ago, and he clearly hasn’t adapted well. Maybe a year away from the game — he didn’t even pitch in the minors in 2010, though he could have pitched independent ball — have helped. Chances are, he’s just an intriguing arm in Scranton.

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  • Cy Pettitte

    they should grab Clay Rapada while they’re at it for LOOGY depth.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Boone Logan Kensing?

  • Jorge

    I remember Kensing from his Marlin days. Why the hell not?

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno


    Cool w/me.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Cashman signed another retread reject from another team? More proof he failed to build proper depth at the start of the season.


      • Jorge

        Why couldn’t he have gotten real depth, like Kevin Millwood, currently slotted as the Sox’s #12 starter?

      • http://aandecili@comcast.net tony

        Cashman seem’s to think that everybody that is set free is a gem.if so ,why were they let go,no other team’s are interested in them..next he’s going to change team name to N.Y.PIRATES..

  • Cy Pettitte

    Doug Davis released by the Cubs, go Cash go.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      No way.

      • Cy Pettitte

        should have put (just kidding), lol. Ryan Franklin released too, don’t know anything other than the name, worth looking at?

        • Phife Dawg

          No way, Franklin is awful. He’s pretty much done.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Yeah, his regression to the mean has been fast and painful.

  • nycsportzfan

    I’d rather see guys like Kontos get a chance, instead of guys who have stunk it up so bad,t hey get dropped by crappy teams..

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Logan Kensing has stunk it up so bad, he’s bounced around two different big league franchises and accumulated 134 rather forgettable big league appearances and has been dropped by crappy teams.

      George Kontos has stunk it up so bad, he’s now 26 and hasn’t been able to break into the majors yet and was returned to the Yankees after not being able to crack the Padres opening-day roster as an R5 pick.

      Two sides to every coin, my friend.

    • steve (different one)

      Kontos is getting the exact same chance as Kensing. Both are pitching in Scranton.

  • http://twitter.com/TylerWilkinson T-Dubs

    I bet he’s thrilled just to be getting out of Bridgeport.

    No one likes Bridgeport.

  • LeftyLarry

    A Girardi guy, with a little luck, someday he might be another Sergio Mitre.

  • mike b

    Shows yankees desperation level can’t they develop anyone ?

  • Mike

    I would like to see banuelos or betances some day this year… Also I would like to see romine or montero… I think if the yanks r gunna compete, I think they need another David Robertson type… Maybe K-rod… Also I would like the yanks to make an attempt to get prince fielder sumtime in the future, he’s perfect for that yankee stadium short porch in right..,