According to Chad Jennings, the Yankees have ticketed 6 players to play in the Arizona Fall League during the offseason. These players include Tampa catcher Austin Romine, RHP Ian Kennedy (rehabbing after aneurysm surgery), Scranton outfielder Colin Curtis, Tampa 3b Brandon Laird, and AAA lefty relievers Zach Kroenke and Mike Dunn. According to Jennings, there may be a few additional players added, most likely pitchers.
I’m interested to see what Romine and Laird can do in the typically hitter-friendly AFL, but am a little surprised that Jesus Montero is not on the list. Maybe he will be added later, or perhaps his injury was worse than it seems. Ian Kennedy will be able to get some much-needed innings in Arizona. The rules for AFL eligibility are below, which might indicate that one of Laird or Romine will have to be promoted to AA by season’s end.
- All Triple-A and Double-A players are eligible, provided the players are on at least a Double-A level roster no later than Aug. 1.
- One player below the Double-A level is allowed per Major League team.
- One foreign player is allowed, as long as the player does not reside in a country that participates in winter ball, as part of the Caribbean Confederation or the Australian winter league.
- No players with more than one year of credited Major League service as of August 31 are eligible, except a team may select one player picked in the most recently concluded Major League Rule 5 Draft.
- To be eligible, players on Minor League disabled lists must be activated at least 45 days before the conclusion of their respective seasons.