Category Archives: Spring Training

S.T. Game 34. Yanks win final exhibition game, 4-3.


In a game played in Washington, D.C., the Yanks won their final exhibition game of 2015, 4-3 over the Nationals. The Yanks are off on Easter Sunday and open the regular season at home against Toronto on Monday afternoon.

Stephen Drew and Chris Young each hit two-run homers, and Nathan Eovaldi settled down after a shaky start. Eovaldi gave up hits to three of the first five batters he faced (a fourth reached on a walk) and three runners scored.

After that the Yanks pitching shut down the Nationals.

Brett Gardner had two hits.

The pitching line:

Eovaldi 5 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 walks and 6 K.

Chris Martin 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Justin Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

David Carpenter 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Andrew Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Dellin Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

The Yanks went 17-16-1 in spring training action.

The Yanks have chosen John Ryan Murphy as the backup C, and have DFA’d Austin Romine.

iiS.T. Game 33. Yanks lose to Nats, 8-2.


CC Sabathia says he is thisclose to being ready. I want to believe him.

He gave up 3 runs in the first inning today, then settled down. Granted, veterans know what they want to work on to prepare themselves for the season. CC is a veteran, and will be 35 in July. He knows what he wants to do.

But …. CC had a mediocre 2013. He missed most of 2014 with a knee operation (he says he feels fine). But he has not been CC since 2012.

His 2015 spring training record?  0-3, 8.10. He, along with guys like Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira, are my biggest concerns for 2015.

Why? Because I believe these guys are finished. Cooked. I hope I am wrong. 

Really. I hope I am wrong. But here is my challenge to them. PROVE I AM WRONG.

The Yanks lost to Washington today, 8-2.

CC gave up 3 in the first. After a good spring, Andrew Bailey, who I believe will help the Yanks down the road, had a hiccup today. Bailey has been good coming off his injury, but hasn’t gone back-to-back games yet. He is staying in Tampa to build up a bit more.

The pitching line:

CC 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 3 K.  0-3, 8.10 this spring, hence my concern.

Pinder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Andrew Bailey, 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 2 K.

Nick Goody 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Danny Burawa 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

Chasen Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Cesar Vargas 1 Ip, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Brett Gardner, besides CC, worries me. Gardner hit just .161 this spring and struck out something like 15x in 40 at bats.

McCann only hit .227 this spring after .232 last season.

Headley was 2 for 2 with an RBI. .321 this spring, and has been the best regular by far.

Rob  Refsnyder was 1 for 1 with an RBI today. .372 average, but six errors this spring. The former OF (converted to 2B) can hit, but the defense needs improving. Still….

Girardi was very impressed with some youngsters who may not  contribute now but in the future (I, personally, am looking at 2020 as a big year for the Yankees)… Greg Bird at 1B, Gary Sanchez C, Rob Refsnyder at 2B, Slade Heathcott in the OF (replacing Brett Gardner? They are similar type players), Luis Severino in the rotation, and Nick Rumbelow and Jacob Lindgren in the bullpen. Not to mention Jose Pirela as a utility man. They are all very close. Then again, Chase Whitley had a good spring, as well as prospect Jaron Long.

But they are the future. The present means the Yanks may be looking at a .500 season. The NY Post predicted 78-84, the first losing season since 1992. Las Vegas has an over-under line at .500.

My thoughts.

Worries: Tanaka’s elbow. CC. The offense, esp. if Beltran/Teix are 3-4.

I believe Pineda will have a great year and that Gregorious, if he just hits .260, will be an exciting player.

I believe the next Yankees good run will NOT happen until A-Rod, Beltran, Teix, CC are gone. It won’t happen until (we hope) Judge, Sanchez, Bird, Refsnyder, Heathcott, Williams (Mason), Severino, Lindgren, Rumbelow, Jaron Long, etc. establish themselves, which won’t be for a while. I am looking at 2020.

What I am saying is this… the next Yankees era of brilliance (and we hope it is soon) will happen with a NEW CORE OF PLAYERS.

The Yanks are 16-16-1 for the spring. They are now out of FL, and will play the Nationals Saturday in Washington in an exhibition game. They are then off on Easter Sunday.

The season starts Monday afternoon at the Stadium. Tanaka vs. the Blue Jays.

S.T. Game 32. Yanks lose other split-squad game, 3-2.


For the sake of clarity, yesterday’s split squad games have been split into S.T. Game #31 for the home game and S.T. Game #32 for the road game.

For moves and the 25-man Opening Day roster, see the S.T. Game #31 post.

In the road game, the Yanks lost to the Tigers 3-2.

John Ryan Murphy had two hits, as did Austin Romine in the home game, as they continue their battle to be the backup catcher to Brian McCann. This spot is the only one not settled yet. Murphy has an option left, Romine does not.

Slade Heathcott, who had a fine spring, had two hits and an RBI.

Bryan Mitchell had a so-so outing. He, along with Chase Whitley, will begin the year at AAA as a starter and be depth in case a starter gets injured or the Yanks need a sixth starter to give the rotation an extra day of rest.

Mitchell 5 Ip, 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 6 K.

Kyle Davies 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

The Yanks are 16-15-1 for the spring.

S.T. Game 31. Pineda sharp again in Yanks’ 6-2 win.


The Yanks had a split squad on Thursday, so for the sake of clarity, the home game will be S.T. Game 31 and the road game S.T. Game 32.

In the home game, Michael Pineda continued his great spring with another strong effort in a 6-2 Yankees’ win.

The pitching line:

Pineda 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 6 K.

Andrew Miller 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

Dellin Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 K.

David Carpenter 1 IP, 1 R (unearned), 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Jose Ramirez 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Austin Romine had 2 hits as he tries to make the team as the backup catcher or improve himself for trade bait. He is out of options.

OF prospect Aaron Judge, ticketed for AA Trenton, had 2 RBI.

Garrett Jones had two hits, as did Stephen Drew.

Chris Young had 2 hits and 2 RBI, and Rob Refsnyder continued to hit, getting 2 hits and an RBI.

Refsnyder is heading down to AAA to work on his defense. He’s hit well this spring but has made six errors.

Chase Whitley had a good spring, but, probably in an effort to keep his innings up and Whitley sharp in the event of needing an extra starter, will begin the year at AAA. Should the Yanks need sixth starter for a day to give the rotation an extra day of rest, it appears that Whitley would be the guy.

Making the team for now are relievers Chason Shreve (giving the Yanks a third lefty out of the bullpen along with Miller and Justin Wilson) and Chris Martin.

The only spot not settled is backup catcher.

The 25-man Opening Day Roster looks like this, barring a last minute injury.

C: McCann
Backup C: Murphy or Romine.

Infield: Teixeira, Drew, Gregorious, Headley, Gregorio Petit.

1B/Corner OF backup/DH: Jones.

DH/3b /1B: A-Rod

OF: Gardner, Ellsbury, Beltran, Young

Rotation: Tanaka, Pineda, CC, Eovaldi, Warren.

Bullpen: Rogers, Shreve, Martin, Carpenter, Wilson, Betances, Miller.

S.T. Game 30. Ryan hurt in 3-0 Yanks’ loss. Yanks make deal for IF depth.


Brendan Ryan injured a calf muscle today in the Yanks’ 3-0 loss to the Rays, and shortly afterward the Yanks made a minor deal with Houston to get some infield depth.

The Yanks picked up IF Gregorio Petit, 30, RHB, from Houston for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Petit can play 2B, SS or 3B. He has 156 at bats in the majors, .278-2-10, OPS+ 91. Small sample size. The one thing I don’t like is only 3 walks in 156 at bats, with 40 strikeouts. A stopgap until Ryan gets healthy again.

Chase Whitley probably nailed down a spot on the team as a long man with a solid outing today.

Whitley 4 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 6 K.

Esmiel Rogers 1 1/3 IP, 1 R (unearned), 2 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

Chasen Shreve 2/3 IP, 1 R (unearned), 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Andrew Bailey 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Nick Rumbelow 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

Nice job by Rumbelow even though he has been optioned to the minors.

Bailey was nice again, but so far hasn’t pitched in back-to-back games, which may keep him from the Opening Day Roster. He appears ready to really help soon. If he can regain his 2X All-Star form….

The Yanks only managed four hits today.

The S.T. record fell to 15-14-1.


S.T. Game 29. Tanaka so-so in last tuneup before Opening Day.


Masahiro Tanaka made his last spring training start before his Opening Day start next Monday, April 6, and it was a so-so outing as the Yanks lost to the Twins, 3-1.

Tanaka went 4 1/3, 3 R, 7H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Rob Refsnyder continued his Jekyll and Hyde impression. Great hitting, with another hit today, but another error, his sixth of the spring.

Ramon Flores had two hits and drove in the Yankees’ only run.

After Tanaka:

Chris Martin 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Chris Pinder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H. 0 walks and 0 K.

Danny Burawa 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

The Yanks are 15-13-1 for the spring.

S.T. Game 28. Eovaldi and Headley lead Yanks to 7-0 win.


When the Yanks traded Martin Prado and David Phelps for Nathan Eovaldi, the criticism against the 25 year old was on his 15-35 lifetime record so far. Yes, he threw hard, but….

Maybe pitching coach Larry Rothschild is turning Eovaldi from a hard thrower into a PITCHER. Eovaldi’s strong spring contined as the Yanks #4 starter tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings today in a 7-0 Yankees spring training win.

Hopefully he is a late bloomer and now, with experience, starts to turn it on.

Chase Headley backed him up with three hits, including a HR, and 3 RBI. Headley has been having a great spring.

Today marked A-Rod’s debut at 1B.

It’s too bad Rob Refsnyder needs more work on his defense, (five errors this spring), because the dude can hit. He had two more hits and an RBI today. If I make it to a game SWB plays, either in SWB or against LV (close to my home), I’ll be sure to keep my eye on Refsnyder.

Today’s pitching line:

Eovaldi 4 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 5 K.

Whitley one batter and a strikeout.

Rogers 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H 0 walks and 2 K.

It appears as if Whitley and Rogers will both make the team as the long men.

Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. He has a shot at the last bullpen spot.

Ramirez 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 k.

Moves: The Yanks released Scott Baker. They would like to re-sign him and put him at AAA, but if he gets a major league offer elsewhere….

Jacob Lindgren is coming on fast, but the Yanks don’t want it to be too fast. He was sent down. Probably a good thing, since he has just 19 minor league games and 24 2/3 minor league innings (with 48 K) under his belt. But he’ll be in the Bronx very soon.

Bryan Mitchell and Kyle Davies are also ticketed for AAA.

From the LOHUD Yankees blog.;

Today’s cuts in Yankees camp:

· Optioned RHP Bryan Mitchell and OF Ramon Flores to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

· Reassigned RHP Kyle Davies,  C Francisco Arcia, INF Cole Figueroa, INF Jonathan Galvez, OF Slade Heathcott, C Kyle Higashioka, LHP Jacob Lindgren and RHP Nick Rumbelow to minor league camp.

· Unconditionally released RHP Scott Baker.