As Spring Training is rapidly coming to an end, we take a look at our latest projections for the New York Yankees 25-man roster that will take on the Blue Jays in Toronto on March 29. Since the spring opened New York has made two major moves that we did not predict that has impacted our projections, along with making several roster cuts to players that could have made the team as they head north. So far the team is pretty healthy, only two major injuries have taken place so that is great news. Without further adieu, please enjoy our latest installment of our projections:
Starting Pitchers (5): The rotation is set in stone, the Yankees starters number one through five have been named, however, the order has not. Thus far, new Yankees manager Aaron Boone has officially named Jordan Montgomery as New York’s fifth starter. No Opening Day starter has been named, although, its highly likely that it will be Luis Severino. Despite pitching to negative results look for Masahrio Tanaka follow the ‘ace’ in the number two starters spot. Now, here is where it gets tricky, despite the higher upside in Sonny Gray Boone will decide to go with the re-invented CC Sabathia in the three spot. CC has been phenomenal over the past year and it’s carried over into the spring. The southpaw slotting in the three slot will also break up the two lefties in the rotation.
- Luis Severino – 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3.1 IP, 1 BB, 5 K
- Masahiro Tanaka – 0-1, 10.13 ERA, 5.1 IP, 2 BB, 7 K
- CC Sabathia – 1-0, 1.50 ERA, 6.0 IP, 1 BB, 4K
- Sonny Gray – 1-0, 2.08 ERA, 8.2 IP, 5 BB, 9 K
- Jordan Montgomery – 1-1, 4.09 ERA, 11.0 IP, 6 BB, 14K
Relief Pitchers (7): The pen’ was pretty much set heading into Spring Training. One spot was up for grabs and Chasen Shreve has impressed, giving him the edge over the likes of Jonathan Holder and Ben Heller. Plus, Shreve would join Aroldis Chapman as the only lefties in the pen and we all know how much the front office likes to play match-ups. If the season began today, I would have Chapman close, David Robertson pitch the eighth, Tommy Kahnle pitch the seventh, and rotate between Chad Green/Dellin Betances in the sixth. This makes Adam Warren the long-man, a role he was excellent in last season.
- Aroldis Chapman – 0-1, 3.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 0 BB, 6 K
- David Robertson – 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.2 IP, 0 BB, 3 K
- Tommy Kahnle – 0-0, 2.25 ERA, 4.0 IP, 2 BB, 5 K
- Dellin Betances – 0-0, 10.80 ERA, 3.1 IP, 1 BB, 7 K
- Chad Green – 0-0, 2.84 ERA, 6.1 IP, 1 BB, 10 K
- Adam Warren – 0-0, 1.04 ERA, 8.2 IP, 1 BB, 6 K
- Chasen Shreve – 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 2 BB, 6K
Catchers (2): The verdict is in, Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine will be the team’s two backstops to begin the season. The only other contender, Kyle Higashioka, was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday. Of course, Sanchez will start, and Romine will be his backup – playing first base in a pinch.
- Gary Sanchez – .370/.414/.778, 27 AB
- Austin Romine – .550/.609/.750, 20 AB
Infielders (3): Only three infielders? Yes, that is how much versatility General Manager Brian Cashman has added to the roster this offseason. Greg Bird, despite an awful spring, will start at first. Didi Gregorius and Brandon Drury, who both were acquired from Arizona, will start at shortstop and third base, respectively.
- Greg Bird – .152/.300/.152, 33 AB
- Didi Gregorius – .258/.281/.548, 31 AB
- Brandon Drury – .273/.351/.515, 33 AB
Utility (4): Speaking of the aforementioned versatility, here are your utility guys! Tyler Wade can play pretty much everywhere but look for him to start the season as the starting second basemen. Neil Walker, who just signed this week, will take the job over from Wade once he is fully ready. Walker has been told by Cashman that he will play first and third as well as second. The extremely productive Ronald Torreyes’ job is safe for now – this may change once Gleyber Torres heats up and is ready to take the starting role over from Walker. Last but not least, Billy McKinney will beat out Tyler Austin for the fourth and final bench spot. Once Jacoby Ellsbury is healthy, McKinney will be sent back to Scranton.
- Tyler Wade – .310/.447/.379, 29 AB
- Neil Walker – NA (Spring debut will be Friday)
- Ronald Torreyes – .296/.323/.407, 27 AB
- Billy McKinney – .200/.429/.680, 25 AB
Outfielders (4): Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton will be a staple of the ‘Bronx Bombers’ middle of the order. Judge and Stanton will both play right field, and split time between there, left field and designated hitter. Aaron Hicks should see the majority of his time in center field and Brett Gardner should expect to play left most of the time. Gardy and Hicks can and will see time in center and left, respectively on occasion.
- Aaron Judge – .250/.367/.440, 25 AB
- Giancarlo Stanton – .233/.303/.467, 30 AB
- Brett Gardner – .208/.321/.208, 24 AB
- Aaron Hicks – .267/.405/.400, 30 AB
Disabled List (2): Clint Frazier has been sidelined with a concussion for more than two weeks, while Jacoby Ellsbury hurt his oblique. Ells is further ahead of Frazier in terms of recovery, however, Opening Day is a serious question mark.
- Jacoby Ellsbury – .100/.182/.100, 10 AB
- Clint Frazier – .250/.400/.250, 4 AB