So far the Yankees are getting some pretty good results from their pitching. Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, and Nathan Eovaldi are impressing, so if CC Sabathia can offer something and they can find a viable fifth starter now that Chris Capuano is hurt, their starting rotation could be one of the best in baseball. Their bullpen also looks pretty solid with most of the spots already filled so early into the spring.
The Yankees have already made their first round of cuts, sending pitchers Luis Severino, Nick Goody, James Pazos, Diego Moreno, and Tyler Webb to minor league camp. It would have been nice to see Luis Severino get a longer shot against major league players, but he wasn't exactly effective in the time he was given. Despite losing some interesting options, the Yankees still have a good amount of pitchers who could make a run at a roster spot by the end of spring.
In order to keep track of who has the best chance of making the team, we have our handy legend right here:
With the Capuano injury, several starters are going to get a good look over the next few weeks, including Adam Warren and Esmil Rogers, who will be on the team regardless, as well as Chase Whitley, Bryan Mitchell, Scott Baker, and Kyle Davies. Going by innings pitched alone, it would seem that the Yankees are giving Chase Whitley a long look to make the team. Mitchell needs to perform better if he wants to make the team, so for now it would seem that the job is Whitley's to lose.
While the fifth starter spot might be more important to the team's success, there is a lot more going on for the last spot in the bullpen. Those relievers with the best chance of making the team include Chasen Shreve, who likely has the best shot out of anyone here, and Jose Ramirez, since he has MLB experience and already on the 40, while Whitley and Mitchell could be considered for bullpen spots as well. Others like Nick Rumbelow, Branden Pinder, Chris Martin, Jacob Lindgren, and Danny Burawa have an outside shot at making the team, but probably won't be first in line. Roster status is key here as Pinder, Martin, and Burawa would have a much easier time making the team by being on the 40. All three also have a better chance of getting a call up midseason if someone gets hurt. Then there are those that are simply waiting in line to eventually be cut, like Wilking Rodriguez, Domingo German, Jose De Paula, Kyle Davies, Jose Campos, Jared Burton, and Andrew Bailey. German and Campos need time to develop, while De Paula, Rodriguez, and Burton will eventually serve as Triple-A depth. Bailey still needs to throw a pitch to be considered for anything.
Watch out for Rodriguez, Campos, German, and De Paula to be among the next cuts, though there are many others who could just as easily get the boot before we finally get a sense of who is going to make the team by the end of the month. Who do you think should be cut next?