Spring training is progressing, and the Yankees will continue to cull their roster. Today, the team made a few more cuts to trim the depth chart. Chance Adams and Danny Farquhar stand out as the biggest name among this round, to go along with Joe Harvey, Kellin Deglan, and Cale Coshow. The group will presumably be re-assigned to minor-league camp.
This looks like a fairly standard round of cuts, as none of these players ever had an excellent chance of making the Opening Day roster. Harvey, a 27-year-old right-handed reliever, impressed to the tune of a 1.66 ERA in Triple-A last year, but gave up four runs in 4.1 innings this spring. Deglan is a 26-year-old catcher who ran a poor .544 OPS across three levels last season, and didn’t record a hit in five spring at-bats. Coshow has been in the Yankees system since the organization picked him in the 13th round of the 2013 MLB Draft, but he struggled to a 4.95 ERA in Triple-A in 2018 at age-25, and gave up two runs in 4.1 innings this spring.
The biggest names here are Adams and Farquhar. Adams has been a higher-profile Yankee farmhand for a while now, but has seen his prospect shine wane. He entered 2019 looking to shake off a 2018 season that was a step backwards in every respect, but got battered for five runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings this spring. Adams still figures to return to the majors at some point this year, but his season hasn’t exactly begun the way he envisioned.
Farquhar, of course, possessed one of the most heartening stories in the game. After suffering a terrifying brain hemorrhage last April, Farquhar worked his way back and appeared in live action for the first time in months. Unfortunately, his return hasn’t gone smoothly in terms of on-field performance, as Farquhar surrendered six runs on four hits and five walks in spring training, extinguishing any chance he had of making the Yankees roster to begin the season.
He will likely have to make a decision between accepting an assignment to the minors and being released. Hopefully, wherever Farquhar ends up, he can get his comeback story back on track. We at Pinstripe Alley will certainly be pulling for him.