The cuts from Yankees camp continue, as right-handed pitchers Domingo Acevedo and Brian Keller will now take their talents to minor league camp. Acevedo, a 40-man roster player, was optioned to Double-A Trenton while Keller, a non-roster invitee, was simply re-assigned.
Acevedo came into camp ranked as the team’s No. 9 prospect coming off a year that saw him make two starts with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He made 23 starts overall between Class-A Advanced, Double-A and Triple-A with a 3.25 ERA and a 9.6 K/9 rate. His fastball has been clocked as high as 103 mph, and also features an “average” mid-80s slider and “plus changeup”. He did not appear in a Grapefruit League game because the team told him to delay his throwing program to help him recover “from the biggest workload of his career and shoulder trouble,” per NJ.com’s Brendan Kuty. Acevedo did not pitch after Aug. 21 last season after being shut down with shoulder soreness.
Keller was a late addition to the list of non-roster invitee players in Yankees’ camp. MLB Pipeline did not rank him amongst the team’s Top 30 Prospects. He worked as a starter between the Class-A Charleston RiverDogs and Class-A Advanced Tampa Yankees last season. Between the two levels, he pitched to an 11-8 record and 3.13 ERA in 24 total starts. He made one appearance in big league Spring Training, pitching two scoreless innings and recording two strikeouts Feb. 26 against the Phillies. Roster Resource projects him to begin the season with Class-A Advanced Tampa.
Giancarlo Stanton smacked his first Yankees home run off Matt Harvey, and the other Yankee bats combined to score 10 runs in a rousing win over their crosstown rivals.
The Stanton homer came in the fifth inning, where the Yankees already had a 3-to-1 advantage. Aaron Judge walked prior to Stanton’s at-bat. The home run resulted in the removal of Harvey from the game after 4⅔ innings.
Brandon Drury and Kyle Holder each knocked in two runs as well, with other RBIs coming from Tyler Austin, Abiatal Avelino and Shane Robinson. Estevan Florial almost had one, but the play was ruled a fielding error by right fielder L.J. Mazzilli.
Luis Cessa was on the ropes fairly quickly in this game, getting the hook after 1⅓ innings with the bases loaded. David Robertson made his spring debut in the second, and promptly Houdini’d out of the inning without allowing a run.
There was a funny moment in the fifth inning where no one came out to pitch for the Yankees. Described as “some issues” by Aaron Boone in his YES Network mid-inning interview, Dellin Betances had gone into the clubhouse to shower and get changed because he was only supposed to throw one inning. Adam Warren, the next scheduled pitcher, apparently never got the memo to warm up. So, Betances put his uniform back on and faced one more batter. Luis Guillorme singled, then Warren came in to relieve Betances.
- Tyler Wade dove for a ball hit by José Reyes, and rolled his wrist trying to make a play. It looked really bad at first glance, and Wade was in a lot of pain. He was replaced by Kyle Holder, and I was truly holding my breath because Wade has really impressed me this spring. But, reports from the clubhouse indicated that he needed “ice but no tests,” and that he would return to action Monday. It is unclear if he was already scheduled to sit out Sunday.
- Aaron Judge got his first multi-hit game of the spring today. His timing looks to be back, and that’s a great sign for a player coming off of offseason shoulder surgery. Boone mentioned during his interview that Judge was also getting reps in left field with Stanton on the back fields while the team was away playing road games. We’ve yet to see Judge out there in an exhibition game, but something tells me we won’t have to wait long for that to happen.
- Both Chad Green and Adam Warren threw for more than one inning today, which should surprise absolutely no one. These two are the main multi-inning relievers for the Yanks, and they will probably get stretched out to throw up to three innings before Opening Day gets here.
Masahiro Tanaka looks to rebound from his poor spring debut in a matchup against Jacob Turner and the Miami Marlins. The Yankees will make the long trek to Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter for that game. No word on who’s going, however.
UPDATE (March 10 at 3:28 p.m.): The injury to Wade is not as serious as originally thought, per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.
Wade will likely miss a game or two. A great young player catches a lucky break with what would’ve been a devastating injury.
“I’m fine. Scary more than anything else. I’m glad I’m ok,” Wade said to Newsday’s Erik Boland.
Yankees second baseman Tyler Wade left Saturday’s game with an apparent left wrist injury after diving for a ground ball hit by José Reyes of the New York Mets. He came up grasping the left wrist with great pain on his face.
Wade was slashing .318/.385/.364 with two RBIs coming into today’s contest. He was replaced at second base by Kyle Holder.
The 23-year-old looked to be grabbing the lead in the competition to start at second base for the Yankees on opening day. He is competing with Gleyber Torres, Ronald Torreyes, Danny Espinosa and Jace Peterson for the job.
At this point, the Yankees have had no official comment on the injury.
The second Subway Series preview comes to Tampa today, as Matt Harvey and Luis Cessa square off on a beautiful Florida afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Cessa makes his third start of the spring, and will try to keep up with Domingo Germán in the competition to be the team’s sixth starter. So far in camp, Cessa has allowed five runs (four earned) through four innings of work. He missed his March 2 start due to a stiff neck, and Germán stepped into that role.
Giancarlo Stanton gets his third start of the spring in left field, with Aaron Judge playing on the other side of Brett Gardner in right and center field, respectively. Tyler Austin starts at first base today, with Greg Bird not listed on the lineup card as an available player. Tyler Wade looks to continue his strong audition for the second base job as he bats ninth and mans the keystone.
We’re likely to see some star-studded relievers today, with LHP Aroldis Chapman, RHP David Robertson, RHP Dellin Betances and RHP Adam Warren listed on today’s game notes.
- Clint Frazier spoke to the media this morning regarding his concussion. Marc Carig of The Athletic reported the outfielder has needed to be driven to camp beacuse of “scary” moments driving. “There’s a lot of positives that have come, but I’m not over the hump … I want all positives. I want no negatives,” Frazier said per ESPN’s Coley Harvey.
- Frazier ran, hit and threw today with Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury has been out with oblique tightness, and has not appeared in a game since March 1.
- Amed Rosario – SS
- Juan Lagares – CF
- Brandon Nimmo – RF
- Phillip Evans – 1B
- Wilmer Flores – 3B
- José Reyes – 2B
- Travis d’Arnaud – C
- Tim Tebow – DH
- Zach Borenstein – LF
Matt Harvey – RHP
Gary Sánchez hit a line drive home run off ex-Yankees RHP Arodys Vizcaíno, but it was not enough to push the Yankees to victory over the Atlanta Braves Friday in Kissimmee.
Sánchez’s second dinger of the spring came in the sixth inning, as the Yankee backstop managed to tie the game with one swing. It was his second hit of the game after he led off the fourth inning with a single to center field.
The seventh inning doomed the Yankees to defeat. Preston Tucker singled against David Hale, then Charlie Culberson singled to move Tucker to second base. Next, Carlos Franco doubled to right field, where Billy McKinney had an adventure fielding the ball. McKinney ended up committing a fielding and throwing error on the play, allowing two runs to score.
Those runs ended up making the decisive difference in the game. Only one of those runs was charged to Hale as earned.
- Greg Bird really struggled tonight. He struck out three times in four at-bats, leaving seven men on-base. His Spring Training average dropped below .100 after this game. Spring stats obviously mean very little, but it would be important for the Yankees to get Bird going. “I think he is a middle-of-the-order hitter on a championship team. When we see him healthy and at his best, he will be a guy who will be a real option to hit in the middle of our order,’’ Aaron Boone said to George A. King III in late February.
- Other than Aaron Hicks‘ bloop single, Gary Sánchez provided the Yankee offense tonight with his solo home run and single. “Gary, for me, he’s one of the most gifted hitters I’ve played with, and I’ve played with some pretty decent ones, as you know,” said Brett Gardner to Coley Harvey, who now covers the Yankees for ESPN. Sánchez just renewed his contract for $620,400 in 2018 since he is still a pre-arbitration player.
- Sonny Gray was fantastic on the mound in his 3⅔ innings of work. He struck out three, walked one and only allowed one hit.
- Chasen Shreve and Jonathan Holder each contributed one scoreless inning of work tonight. Each pitcher struck out two batters. Both are looking to make the Opening Day roster in the front end of the bullpen.
- The Yankees were bested tonight by a product of their own organization. Anyelo Gómez, who was credited with the win, was selected by the Braves out of the Yankees organization in the Rule 5 draft. Roster Resource projects him to stick with the Braves in the front end of their bullpen. If he does not, the Braves must return him to the Yankees.
The Yankees welcome the Mets into Steinbrenner Field for another Subway Series preview game. The Yankees won the first edition in Port St. Lucie, and send Luis Cessa to the mound Saturday against Matt Harvey. Cessa had been scheduled to start March 7 at the Mets, but had been scratched for Domingo Germán because of a stiff neck.
Twenty-four hours have passed since the Yankees reassigned six players to their minor league camp, and now three more will join them. Infielder Thairo Estrada and RHPs Albert Abreu and Jonathan Loáisiga were optioned out of big league camp. Estrada was sent to Double-A Trenton, while Abreu and Loáisiga are moved to Class-A Advanced Tampa.
Loáisiga was the only one of these three to appear in a game. He threw one scoreless inning and recorded two strikeouts March 2 against the Atlanta Braves. He had an impressive season in the minors last year, with a stellar 1.38 ERA in 11 games in the Gulf Coast League (Rookie) and Short Season-A Staten Island. MLB Pipeline ranked him as the team’s No. 14 prospect. The Yankees signed him out of a tryout in February 2016.
Abreu came to the Yankees in the trade that sent Brian McCann to the Houston Astros. Ranked as the team’s No. 5 prospect, his spring was derailed by an emergency appendectomy. He has since resumed throwing, but did not appear in any exhibition games. Despite dealing with a shoulder strain, Abreu threw 53⅓ innings between Rookie, Low-A and High-A before a stint in the Arizona Fall League in 2017. His regular season ERA was 3.38 between the three levels before posting a 2.60 mark in six AFL starts.
Estrada turned heads behind a .301/.353/.392 (107 wRC+) line in 122 games for Double-A Trenton. The 22-year-old also logged innings at shortstop, second base and third base in the Eastern League. Then, in 20 Arizona Fall League games, Estrada slashed his way to being named the No. 10 prospect with a .342/.381/.430 line in the fall circuit. But, Estrada was shot in the right hip during a botched robbery attempt in his home country of Venezuela. He is expected to return to game action in 2018, although the timetable is not clear. Estrada signed for $49,000 in August 2012.
These players were optioned, rather than reassigned, because all three of them are on the 40-man roster. Each was added to the 40-man this past offseason, so they each have two option years remaining. The Yankees can promote and re-option these players as many times during the 2018 season without burning another option year.
The Yankees bring their team (minus nine players) to Kissimmee tonight, taking on the Atlanta Braves inside the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. Champion Stadium hosts a matchup between big league righties Sonny Gray and Julio Teherán.
The team continues to look at Billy McKinney, as he starts in right field tonight after his go-ahead grand slam against the Mets Wednesday. Fellow 40-man outfielder Jake Cave gets the start in left field. Gleyber Torres starts at second base, while Miguel Andújar continues his quest for the third base job.
The Yankees list RHP Jonathan Holder, LHP Chasen Shreve, RHP Tommy Kahnle, RHP J.P. Feyereisen and RHP David Hale as probable relievers against the Braves.
- Ender Inciarte – CF
- Charlie Culberson – SS
- Freddie Freeman – 1B
- Tyler Flowers – C
- Nick Markakis – RF
- Ryan Schimpf – 3B
- Christian Colón – 2B
- Preston Tucker – LF
- Lane Adams – DH
The Yankees have begun to trim the fat at their Spring Training complex in Tampa, as they have re-assigned six players to minor league camp in their first round of cuts. The players are RHP Cale Coshow, RHP Raynel Espinal, LHP Trevor Lane, C Chace Numata, LHP Justus Sheffield and RHP Dillon Tate.
Coshow appeared in five games, and posted a 5.79 ERA through his 4⅔ innings on the bump. He struck out four batters and walked four. MLB Pipeline did not rank him amongst the Yankees’ Top 30 Prospects.
Espinal appeared in three games, with a 2.70 ERA in 3⅓ innings pitched. He struck out four batters compared to just one walk. He, too, does not rank amongst the Yankees’ Top 30 Prospects.
Lane was both a late addition to the list of non-roster invitees, and the Yankees’ Top 30 prospect list. Ranked at No. 30, the lefty did not allow a run in 2⅔ innings. His peripherals weren’t great, however, striking out one batter compared to three walks. Roster Resource projects the University of Illinois at Chicago product to start the season with the Double-A Trenton Thunder.
Numata joined the Yankees organization after the Hawaii native joined the Phillies as a 14th-round pick out of high school in 2010. He spent most of his time catching bullpens, going hitless in three at-bats.
Sheffield came into camp ranked as the team’s No. 3 prospect. He showed flashes of brilliance, which then faded into laboring innings where he looked lost. That resulted in a 11.81 ERA in 5⅓ innings. He struck out four compared to three walks. Sheffield likely will start the season with Double-A Trenton again.
Tate, the team’s No. 11 prospect, showed the promise that made him the No. 4 pick in the 2015 draft. His 2.25 ERA in four innings was one of the best marks among Yankees’ pitchers to this point. His three strikeouts to zero walks ratio showed strong command. He figures to start the season with Class-A Advanced Tampa or Double-A Trenton.
These six are just the first to be officially re-assigned to minor league camp. Obviously, the Yankees will travel to Toronto for the season opener with a 25-man roster. There is still plenty of time for players to battle for the available jobs, like second base, third base and the sixth starter role.
After yesterday’s off-day, the only one of the spring, the Yankees head east to take on the Detroit Tigers for the third time. Jordan Montgomery gets the ball on short rest for the Bombers, while fellow lefty Francisco Liriano makes his spring debut for the Tigers.
The Yankees have decided to give Giancarlo Stanton another go in left field, which he entirely deserves. He battled tough sun and winds during his first appearance in left since a very short stint there in Double-A in 2010.
“I felt all right,” Stanton said to Bryan Hoch. “I got some bad balls that didn’t help the team at all. Got to find a way to get behind them or do something with those. But I felt all right. The routes and everything were good. The rest, not as.”
Also, Adam Lind makes his Yankees debut today batting seventh and DHing. He signed a minor league deal with the team March 2, and figures to battle with Tyler Austin for the backup first base job. His deal reportedly has an opt-out after Spring Training if he is unable to crack the big league roster. Lind slashed .303/.362/.513 (122 wRC+) with 14 home runs and 59 RBIs in 116 games for the Washington Nationals in 2017.
- Dixon Machado – 2B
- Jeimer Candelario – 3B
- Nicholas Castellanos – RF
- Victor Martínez – DH
- James McCann – C
- Mikie Mahtook – LF
- Niko Goodrum – 1B
- Pete Kozma – SS
- JaCoby Jones – CF
The Yankees welcome the Tampa Bay Rays to Tampa (yeah, it’s odd) for a preview of AL East action, with fireballers Chad Green and former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi facing off.
The biggest note about today’s game is that Giancarlo Stanton makes his first professional start in left field for the Yanks. Over the winter, much was made about whether Stanton or Aaron Judge would see time in left field. It’s only a matter of time until Judge gets time out there, but his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery has slowed him down slightly.
With the Yankees short on first base depth, Billy McKinney gets the start at first base. He played the position in high school, and began taking reps there again during the Arizona Fall League. McKinney, who can also play both outfield corners, is competing with Tyler Austin, Ryan McBroom and recently signed Adam Lind for spots on the first base depth chart behind Greg Bird.
Two former Yankees take the field for the Rays, as Nathan Eovaldi will be on the mound and Nick Solak suits up at second base. Solak was traded by the Yankees to the Rays as part of the three-team deal that allowed the Bombers to get infielder Brandon Drury from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
- Mallex Smith – LF
- Kevin Kiermaier – CF
- Denard Span – DH
- Brandon Snyder – 1B
- Jake Bauers – RF
- Nick Solak – 2B
- Johnny Monell – C
- Kean Wong – 3B
- Jake Cronenworth – SS