We’re only just a few days into Grapefruit League play in spring training, but it’s never too early to start thinking about who is actually making the team this year. Over the next few weeks, we will be giving you a weekly idea of who’s value is up and who has fallen out of favor with our Making the Team Meter updates.
Whether you’ve been a long-time reader, or just hearing about this now, it’s a good idea to refresh yourself about what this is because a few changes have been made to the usual format.
To simplify things, we’re going with just three categories, instead of the usual four. That means red is no, yellow is maybe, and green is (almost) yes, as far as whether or not someone is making the roster. So, without any further ado, here is a look at who is making this team.
There isn’t a lot of room on this roster for pitching this year. The Yankees are heading into the season with a good sense of who is going to be in the starting rotation. That means guys like Chance Adams, Justus Sheffield, and Domingo Acevedo don’t have a very good chance to make the team right now. That being said, if someone were to get hurt, these three (and Luis Cessa) will get their chance to prove their worth.
In the early goings, Sheffield allowed three runs in 1.2 innings on the 25th and Adams allowed two walks and a hit in one inning on Monday. Sure, it’s a small sample size, but that’s really all we have in spring training. Hopefully they can step up in the next few days.
For the first time in a long time, the Yankees basically have their bullpen figured out. Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson, Adam Warren, and Chad Green are all going to make this team. That means as long as everyone stays healthy, there’s only one spot open right now. Depending on how Aaron Boone prefers to do things, that means the Yankees will either take a longman or a situational lefty.
Right now, Chasen Shreve is in the lead for that final roster spot, but that can change quicky. This is likely his last chance to prove he can be someone worth keeping around. Warren could certainly fill that longman role, but we’ll have to see how things go.
The infield was a wide open battle right up until the Yankees acquired Brandon Drury. Now he’s more than likely to be the team’s regular third baseman. That means Miguel Andujar has to wait his turn, which is a pity because he already has two home runs to his name. It also means Gleyber Torres has one less path to the majors.
The field for the second base job has also been narrowed to Torres and Tyler Wade. Danny Espinosa also has an outside shot, but unless he turns into a different hitter, the Yankees aren’t likely to make a roster move for him. Remember, the team is still likely to hold Torres down in order to manipulate his service time, and Wade has accumulated four hits so far. If he keeps this up, don’t be surprised if he makes the cut.
Four players will make up the team’s bench. Since Jacoby Ellsbury is not likely to go anywhere, guys like Clint Frazier and Billy McKinney are out of luck, no matter how well they do. It might be easy to say that Austin Romine will be the backup catcher, but Kyle Higashioka has the potential to unseat him with a strong spring. Then we have two more spots for infielders, which gives Ronald Torreyes and maybe Tyler Austin the leg up. Torreyes is the easy incumbent, but Austin will have to hit to prove his worth.
Who do you think will make the team out of spring training? Let us know in the comments!