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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/2/18

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Frazier seeing doctor on Sunday; Sabathia’s impressive debut; Andujar keeps raking; Farm system ranked #6

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New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Clint Frazier’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week is coming to a close with some potential good news. After suffering a concussion last weekend and still feeling like bunt earlier in the week, Frazier seems to be doing a lot better. He’s planning on seeing a doctor on Sunday, and if he’s cleared, he’ll have a couple days of batting practice before getting back in game action next week.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: CC Sabathia made his spring debut yesterday and it was about as good as can be expected. Sabathia pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three. Sabathia also talked about how he’s excited about the hiring of Aaron Boone. Plus, Brett Gardner’s not the only outfielder that’ll be playing left field this year. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton (have I mentioned that he’s a Yankee?!) took fly balls in left yesterday, while Aaron Hicks started there. Jacoby Ellsbury will also see time in in left this spring.

New York Post | George A. King III: Miguel Andujar has no desire to see Scranton this year. He’s doing everything in his power to give the Yankees something to think about regarding third base. After hitting his third and fourth home runs of the spring, Andujar said he can’t focus on this being a competition. He just has to worry about himself. Brandon Drury, Andujar’s main competition for third base, echoed those sentiments saying he’s not competing with Andujar, but rather he’s competing with himself.

MLB.com | Jim Callis: At this time last year, the Yankees had the second-best ranked farm system per MLB Pipeline. Since then Judge, Frazier, and Jordan Montgomery highlight the graduates, while Jorge Mateo, James Kaprielian, and Blake Rutherford highlight prospects who’ve been traded. With these kind of losses, it’d be easy to understand if the Yankees farm system rankings took a major hit, and yet it didn’t. With prospects like Gleyber Torres, Andujar, Estevan Florial, and Justus Sheffield, the farm system only dropped to sixth in the rankings this year. Not too shabby.