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.