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 are back on the road, as they take on the Toronto Blue Jays at their spring complex in Dunedin. Chad Green will get the ball as a starter today, making his first spring appearance.
Green was a revelation out of the bullpen last season. He finished the season with a stellar 5-0 record and 1.83 ERA (1.75 FIP). He struck out 13.4 batters per nine, while walking just 2.2. He comes into camp stretched out as a starter, though manager Aaron Boone noted “a lot would have to happen” for him to end up in the rotation.
Marco Estrada gets the ball for the Blue Jays. The 34-year-old had a disappointing season in the final year of the two-year, $26 million contract signed after the 2015 season. In 33 starts, he finished 10-9 with a 4.98 ERA (4.61 FIP) with 8.5 K/9, 9.0 H/9 and 3.4 BB/9. Not what you want from a guy making $14.5 million.
After his walkoff heroics last night, Miguel Andújar gets the start at third base and bats second. A ton of middle/utility infield candidates in the lineup today as well, with Danny Espinosa at second base, Jace Peterson at designated hitter and Ronald Torreyes at shortstop. Lastly, we get to see another start from Billy McKinney (this time in left), and Shane Robinson shifts to right field.
Today’s scheduled relievers for the Yankees are RHP Brady Lail, RHP David Hale, RHP J.P. Feyereisen and RHP Raynel Espinal.
Blue Jays’ Lineup:
- Devon Travis – 2B
- Yangervis Solarte – 3B
- Josh Donaldson – DH
- Justin Smoak – 1B
- Randal Grichuk – RF
- Russell Martin – C
- Steve Pearce – LF
- Kevin Pillar – CF
- Aledmys Díaz – SS
Billy McKinney gets a big moment under his belt early in Spring Training by belting a go-ahead three-run home run to win the Yankees’ matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Bombers opened scoring in the fourth with clutch hitting from an unlikely source: non-roster catcher Erik Kratz. Danny Espinosa and Ronald Torreyes walked, then Kratz singled to right field to score Espinosa for a 1-0 lead.
The Pirates responded with a monstrous solo home run by Gregory Polanco in the fifth inning off right-hander Dillon Tate. That was the extent of the Pirates on the board, however, as their other six hits amounted to nothing.
The score remained knotted at one until the ninth. Jace Peterson walked, Miguel Andújar singled and then McKinney launched his first homer (and the Yankees’ first homer) of the Spring out to right field.
Jonathan Holder pitched around a 1-out double by Cole Tucker in the bottom half of the frame to secure the Yankees’ second victory of the spring.
Next up: the Philadelphia Phillies at their complex in Clearwater.
It’s a very different looking Yankees lineup today as the team heads to Bradenton, Fla., to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Field.
Domingo Germán gets the start, looking to put himself on the map as a long-relief or sixth starter option for the team. He appeared in seven games last season, pitching to a 3.14 ERA (3.44 FIP) and an 11.3 strikeouts-per-nine rate. Combined between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he had an 8-6 record, 2.88 ERA and 9.8 strikeouts-per-nine rate.
Scheduled relievers for the Yankees are RHP Adam Warren, RHP Dillon Tate, RHP Jonathan Holder and RHP J.P. Feyereisen.
Only one of today’s starting position players started yesterday, and that is left fielder Clint Frazier. He moves from batting ninth to batting in the cleanup spot. Brandon Drury also makes his Yankees’ debut today after being acquired Tuesday from the Arizona Diamondbacks. No. 2 prospect Estevan Florial gets the start in center field after pinch-running yesterday.
They go up against righty Nick Kingham of the Pirates. He split 2017 between High-A Bradenton and Triple-A Indianapolis, pitching to a 3.95 ERA and a 7.1 strikeouts-per-nine rate. Drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Kingham has yet to crack the big leagues.
- Josh Harrison – 2B
- Gregory Polanco – RF
- Starling Marte – CF
- David Freese – 3B
- Jordy Mercer – SS
- Sean Rodriguez – LF
- Bryce Brentz – DH
- Eric Wood – 1B
- Ryan Lavarnway – C
UPDATE (12:45 a.m. EDT – July 1):
The Baby Bomber invasion continues as the Yankees reportedly will select the contract of No. 2 prospect Clint Frazier from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Brendan McGair, a beat reporter for the Pawtucket Red Sox, tweeted a picture of Frazier on the phone, and said in a subsequent tweet that he heard Frazier say, “I’m going to Houston tomorrow.”
Multiple prospects have made their debuts this week for the Yankees. No. 11 prospect Tyler Wade joined the team earlier this week, then No. 9 Miguel Andújar and finally Dustin Fowler (who suffered a devastating knee injury just one inning into his debut).
The promotion of Frazier makes sense since the Yankees need another outfielder. They were not counting on Fowler’s injury, and decided to recall Andújar for the opener in Houston because the latter was already in Chicago. The RailRiders made it four innings into their game with the PawSox before it was suspended due to rain.
Frazier is slashing .257/.345/.474 with 12 homers and 42 RBIs for the RailRiders. He also appeared in 22 Spring Training games, slashing .273/.267/.432 with one home run and eight RBIs. The Yankees acquired Frazier from the Cleveland Indians along with Justus Sheffield, Ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen for Andrew Miller.