Minor League News: Contreras, Norton, Henson

(Rick Stewart/Getty)

Drew Henson is back with the Yankees. (Rick Stewart/Getty)

Got a handful of minor league updates for you, mostly coaching stuff. Everything comes from Josh Norris.

  • Nardi Contreras is now a senior pitching instructor. We heard he was reassigned and replaced by Gil Patterson back in November. Going from minor league pitching coordinator to senior pitching instructor sounds like a promotion, no? Who knows.
  • Tim Norton and Drew Henson will serve as the pitching and hitting coaches, respectively, for the club’s new second Rookie Level Gulf Coast League affiliate. Norton, a former righty reliever, started to make the transition to coaching last year due to continued arm problems. Henson re-joined the organization as a part-time assistant last fall with his eye on becoming a full-time coach this year.
  • Remember RHP J.B. Cox and 3B Bradley Suttle? Well, both guys are listed in the Yankees’ 2013 media guide as players. Norris confirmed they are both still on the restricted list however, meaning they are unlikely to resume their playing career. False alarm. Cox never regained his stuff following Tommy John surgery while Suttle was hampered by multiple injuries, most notably right shoulder surgery. The former left the organization following 2010, the latter last spring.
Categories : Minors


  1. trr says:

    Drew Henson – now there’s a blast from the past

  2. Larch says:

    I think of coaches as being people with the mental/analytical skills to be successful, but not the physical gifts to be special players. Henson seems like the opposite of that. under .700 OPS in 1300 AAA ABs.

    I hope he can help the young players.

    • Mike HC says:

      I had the same thought, but Henson probably had so much coaching and tinkering and all that he must have picked up several tips that could potentially help young hitters. Not to mention the wisdom that just because you are talented and hyped doesn’t mean everything is just going to fall in place on its own.

  3. The Moral Majority is Neither says:

    I still can’t decide if Henson would have made as a baseball or football player if he stuck to one out of high school. I think he might just not have been good enough.

    Cox was going to our answer to Craig Hansen.

    Suttle was the kind of draft pick everyone liked: highly-touted by BA, expensive draft-eligible sophomore, switch-hitter with high-ceiling bat. Had high hopes for him like I did Segedin.

  4. Manny's BanWagon says:

    My math coud be off but I think Henson made about $20 million between MLB and the NFL and ultimately ended up with just 1 hit and 1 TD pass thrown.

    As a Cowboys fan, he let me down in 2 sports.

    To think he kept Tom Brady on the bench at Michigan.

    • Steve (different one) says:

      Henson did work out some sort of buyout with the yanks when he left to play football. I remember it saved the Yankees a not insignificant amount of money. Hopefully the cowboys paid him.

      • Pat D says:

        According to one of Rob Neyer’s books, the Yankees gave Henson a 6 year, $17 million contract when they re-acquired him from the Reds. When Henson gave up on baseball for good and returned to the NFL, it is said he returned “more than $10 million” to the Yankees.

        Considering he didn’t play much at all in the NFL, I doubt he got that much from the Cowboys.

        • Steve (different one) says:

          I also believe this happened around the same time Aaron Boone went down, so you had the Yankees getting $5M back from Boone, $10M back from Henson, your near term and long term solutions at 3B going away, and the players union mixing ARod to Boston…

          Quite the confluence of events that changed Yankee history….

  5. Pat D says:

    My dad had such high hopes for JB Cox. Thought he’d be Mo’s successor.

  6. Elvin says:

    Whatever happened to that pitcher who could pitch righty and lefty? He was/is in the yanks AA I think

    • The Doctor says:

      Venditte hurt his right arm. He can still pitch with his left while the right recovers, but I believe the Yankees have him on the DL.

      He’s more of a sideshow than anything really. Not a bad pitcher, just not good enough stuff from either side to succeed in the majors.

  7. The Big City of Dreams says:

    Nardi Contreras is now a senior pitching instructor. We heard he was reassigned and replaced by Gil Patterson back in November. Going from minor league pitching coordinator to senior pitching instructor sounds like a promotion, no? Who knows.

    Can someone clear this up?

    • Bob Buttons says:

      Well those “senior advisor” people are usually random people like GMs between jobs or retired from being GMs so maybe he’s doing more sporadic work instead of day to day work.

    • Havok9120 says:

      I can’t see anyone in the organization being all that quick to give a straight answer about it.

  8. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    Senior pitching instructor doesn’t sound like a promotion. It sounds like being sent out to pasture.

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