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Yankees announce first wave of spring roster cuts

Estevan Florial and Luis Gil headline the reassignments

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Earlier today, the Yankees announced their first wave of significant roster cuts. In total, seven players received reassignments on Monday morning.

The club optioned Brooks Kriske, a right-handed pitcher, to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Outfielder Estevan Florial and right-hander Albert Abreu, meanwhile, head to Double-A Trenton. The High-A Tampa squad adds two impressive right-handed pitchers in Luis Gil and Luis Medina. Lastly, Domingo Acevedo and Alexander Vizcaino, both righties as well, go to the team’s minor-league camp.

This wave of roster moves follows a slow drip of reassignments over the last week. The club previously optioned catchers Kellin Deglan and Wyston Sawyer to minor-league camp, and right-handers Miguel Yajure and Nick Nelson to Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton, respectively.

Gil, 21, ranked as the team’s fifth-best prospect according to MLB Pipeline. He appeared in three games, logging four innings with the club this spring. He struck out five batters, but also walked three and allowed a run.

Florial, 22, likely represents the most familiar name for fans. MLB Pipeline considers him the team’s number six prospect. The outfielder went 3-for-17 this spring, with a double, a home run, and four RBI. He also struck out six times.

There we no surprises in this round of cuts; they lined up consistently with our Making the Team Meter. The next week could bring some interesting shakeups though, as the roster picture starts to get a little clearer.