Chad Jennings recently asked Winfree a few questions.
Winfree, once a third baseman now an outfielder, was a somewhat prospect in the Twins system at one time. Reportedly, he’s a really nice guy. Back in 2006, he took a break from the game. Via La Velle Neal at that time:
Third baseman David Winfree left the Twins organization in May, believing he needed a break from baseball. He returned in June, with the Twins claiming his status as a prospect wasn’t affected.
The break seems to have helped. Winfree, the Twins minor league player of the year last season, recently was named the organization’s minor league player of the week and went 3-for-4 Thursday, raising his batting average to .296 for Class A Fort Myers.
In addition to support from his family, the Twins sent Winfree through their employee assistance program.
I recently saw a quote in Baseball Amercia from Jim Rantz, the Twins Director of Minor League Operations, where he said that the Twins thought Winfree had just begun to turn a corner and they were surprised that he elected to leave their system and sign with the Yankees.
Could David Winfree work his way into the Yankees big league scene this year? Hey, never say never, right?