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.