After two weeks of spring training games, the Yankees made their first round of cuts this afternoon. Among the first players to get the boot to minor league camp are Luis Severino, Trent Garrison, Nick Goody, James Pazos, Diego Moreno, Tyler Webb, and Juan Graterol. While none of these players will be considered as major league options from this point, don't be surprised if a few of them show up in a few games this spring.
Obviously, the biggest disappointment is Luis Severino. It would have been nice to see him a few more times, but the small chance he got wasn't exactly impressive. While Diego Moreno was bad and had no real chance to make the team, cutting Pazos and Webb takes away their ability to impress the organization for later consideration. It's okay that Nick Goody has been cut because all he needed to prove was that he was healthy and could compete against a higher level of play. It is somewhat surprising to see both Trent Garrison and Juan Graterol get cut, but it's likely Garrison will be kept around to help catch bullpens and learn from their surroundings.
Of those still in camp, it likely won't be long before Vicente (Jose) Campos, Domingo German, Wilking Rodriguez, Kyle Higashioka, Eddy Rodriguez, among others are also cut. Catchers remaining in camp include Austin Romine, John Ryan Murphy, Gary Sanchez, Francisco Arcia, Rodriguez, and Higashioka. The relievers that have been cut don't exactly have much of a bearing on who makes the bullpen, but it's clear that with Pazos and Webb gone, the Yankees aren't looking for another left-handed reliever unless it's Chasen Shreve. And thankfully, we still get to see Greg Bird,
Aaron Judge, and Rob Refsnyder for a little while longer.
You'll see more of our coverage on those still in camp tomorrow during the next installment of our Making the Team Meter posts. Until then, what do you think of these cuts? Anyone you think should have been cut, but wasn't? Anyone you think should be still here?
Update: the Yankees also announced that Cito Culver, Jake Cave, and Aaron Judge have been cut.