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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.

S.T. Game 27. Rough audition for Baker in Yanks’ loss, 10-2


These games of spring training are so important for players on the bubble.

Scott Baker, in competition with Esmiel Rogers, Chase Whitley and Bryan Mitchell to make the team (probably as the long man since it appears that Adam Warren has claimed the #5 starter spot), had a rough outing today, giving up five runs in the Yanks’ 10-2 loss to the Orioles.

2 IP, 5 R, 5 h, 0 walks and 3 K.

Jacob Lindgren followed Baker. Lindgren, last year’s first round pick by the Yankees, has progressed nicely so far, but still probably needs more minor league seasoning. He only has 19 minor league games under his belt, and 24 2/3 IP. He did go 2-1, 2.19 with 48 K in that timeframe though. I could see him helping out if not later this year, then definitely in 2016.

1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Andrew Bailey could be a sleeper this year. Bailey, a 2x All-Star, is trying to come back from injury. So far, so good for Bailey.

1 IP, 0 R, 1 H,  0 walks and 0 K.

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

Dellin Betances is a concern right now. He gave up a run for his fifth consecutive spring training outing. We still have a little over a week to straighten him out, but right now he isn’t the Betances of 2014.

Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Justin Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

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

Nick Rumbelow 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

The Yanks only got three hits in the game. Both runs were on solo HR, one by Stephen Drew, and the other by Alex Rodriguez, who has looked better this spring than expected.

CC Sabathia pitched in a minor league game and results were mixed. I have a lot of concerns about CC, who hasn’t been his old self since 2012. He missed most of 2014 with a knee injury and didn’t have a good 2013. Is he done? What can we expect? He says he feels good, but the results haven’t been there yet. It’s only spring training, but when someone is coming off injury and/or bad seasons, the red flags go up when that person struggles the following spring.

SS Didi Gregorious dove for a ball and sprained his wrist. He stayed in the game but was taken out early as a precaution. Gregorious’ D has drawn raves so far, and the main concern, his hitting, has been OK so far. Hopefully it isn’t major, but he was sent for precautionary X-rays.


S.T. Game 24. Tanaka set for the opener, but so-so today as Mets win 7-2.


Masahiro Tanaka is set for the Opening Day start at the Stadium on April 6, but he was just so-so today as the Yanks lost 7-2 to the Mets (Wednesday).

As I am watching spring training progress, I see some things that make me wonder. It’s far too early to predict things, but no team has everyone on sync at the same time. You have slumps and people that get hot. Here are some thoughts so far.

Players it seems would be good this year: Pineda, Headley.

Players I wonder about: CC, A-Rod, Beltran, Gardner (he’s had a poor spring), Drew, Betances (has been struggling).

A player I think will do better than expected: A-Rod.

Players to watch: Judge, Pirela and Refsnyder if Beltran, Drew, show that they are done.

A golden nugget that could surprise and be a steal: Andrew Bailey.

Chase Headley was 2 for 3 with an RBI today.

The pitching line

Tanaka 4 2/3, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 walk, 7 K.

Betances 1/3, 1 R 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

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

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

Bailey, 1 IP,  0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K.

Whitley 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Carpenter 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.


S.T. Game 19. Warren & Whitley make statements in Yanks’ 11-2 win.



Adam Warren and Chase Whitley both made statements today as far as the 5th starter job and a long relief job for the Yanks in their 11-2 win on Friday.

Warren pitched 5 innings and gave up just one run. Whitley pitched 3 scoreless innings in relief. While Whitley is still being considered for the fifth starter spot, it is more likely that after today, Warren gained the foothold on fifth starter, and Whitley a foothold on long man out of the bullpen (with Esmiel Rogers, who didn’t fare as well Thursday, being another long man option).

The Yanks scored six in the first inning. Gardner tripled to lead off and then Brendan Ryan, in his first S.T. AB after battling a back injury, doubled. Brian McCann singled in a run, Jose Pirela doubled in two and later Rob Refsnyder hit a 2-run HR. 6-0 Yanks before Adam Warren took the mound.

Later in the game, A-Rod hit a solo shot, his 2nd HR of the spring.

Warren 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

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

Whitley 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

The Yanks are now 11-7-1 for the spring.


S.T. Game 14. Yanks fall to Toronto, 1-0.

The Yanks had a split-squad today. For the sake of differentiation, the home game is marked as S.T. Game 13 and this away game is S.T. Game 14.

The Yanks lost the away game to Toronto, 1-0, getting just five hits, one by Paul O’Neill’s nephew, OF Mike O’Neill.

A-Rod was 1 for 3 (single.)

Esmiel Rogers, competing for that #5 starter spot now that Capuano is injured, tossed three shutout innings.

The pitching line:

Rogers 3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

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

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

Tyler Webb 1 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Cesar Vargas 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Diego Moreno 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

The Yanks are 8-5-1 for the spring.

S.T. Game 10. Boston beats Yanks 10-6; A-Rod HRs, Capuano hurt.

Well, a projected Yankee starter got hurt and most likely won’t be ready on Opening Day, and it isn’t who you may think.

Tanaka (elbow)? Nope. Pineda (shoulder)? Nope. CC (knee)? Nope.

It’s Capuano, who, two batters into today’s (Wednesday) game vs. Boston, strained a quad muscle.

It opens the door for Adam Warren, Esmiel Rogers, Chase Whitley, Brian Mitchell or maybe a rehab project like Scott Baker or a prospect like Luis Severino (both doubtful) to be the #5 starter, unless the Yanks make a deal.

Meanwhile the Yanks lost to Boston 10-6, spoiling an A-Rod HR (his first, although it doesn’t count, since 9/20/13). Slade Heathcott also HR’d for the Yanks. Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran had RBIs and the red-hot Jose Pirela, trying to make the team as a utility man, was two for two.

Rob Refsnyder continued to show he needs work on his defense, making his third error of the spring.

Capuano 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Removed after two batters because of the injury.
Rumbelow 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Miller 1 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K. He gave up a HR.
Bryan Mitchell 2 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 2 K. Not long after Capuano’s injury opened a door for Mitchell, he had a bad outing. Might he have seen opportunity knocking and tried to hard to impress right away?
Burton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Webb 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K
Martin 1 IP, 3 R (2 ER) 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Moreno 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks and 1 K.



S.T. Game 8. Yanks edge Rays 4-3.

Today was a very interesting day as the Yanks beat the Rays 4-3 to improve their spring training record to 5-2-1. First off, let’s start with the lineup, since it looked like an Opening Day lineup. The only problem is 8-9-1-2 are all lefty, which could create matchup problems. Ellsbury CF (L) Gardner LF (L) Beltran RF (S) Teixeira 1B (S) McCann C (L) Headley 3b (S) A-Rod DH (R) Drew 2B  (L) Gregorious SS (L) Pineda was the starter. The Yanks scored two in the second on an A-Rod single and a Gregorious groundout. Slade Heathcott drove in the third Yankees run with a single in the seventh, and he scored on a Greg Bird (.500) double. A-Rod was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Heathcott is 4 for 5 for the spring. It is interesting. Most scouts are higher on Pirela than Refsnyder. Refsnyder went 1 for 2 today (.500 for the spring) but scouts have questions on Refsnyder’s D (2 errors so far) while they like Pirela’s versatility. These same scouts are not sold on Stephen Drew at 2B. The pitching line. Both Pineda and Eovaldi looked good. Pineda 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. Eovaldi 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 5 K. David Carpenter 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. Justin Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Diego Moreno 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. Chris Martin 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. Martin is opening some eyes. Andrew Bailey looks good. This relief corps could be very good and have a lot of depth. Outside of Moreno, the pitching did well today. 12 K. Meanwhile, A-Rod has lots of praise for Judge and Bird.