Just a few days ago the Yankees cut ten players from big league camp; Luis Severino, Trent Garrison, Nick Goody, James Pazos, Diego Moreno, Tyler Webb, Juan Graterol, Aaron Judge, Jake Cave, and Cito Culver. Now they have cut another five players, including Gary Sanchez, Branden Pinder, Greg Bird, Kyle Roller, and Domingo German. Of those five, only Pinder was among consideration for a big league job, so it looks like the Yankees are trimming the fat around those who can actually make the team and the players who are performing well.
It's extremely sad to see Greg Bird go since he hit .385/.467/.846 in 15 at-bats, but it will probably be another year before he's given a shot to make the team out of spring training. The Yankees' top first base prospect will likely start off the season in Double-A Trenton before he's given the opportunity to hit in Triple-A Scranton. He's pushing his way into the picture, and with Mark Teixeira gone after 2016, it looks like he's arriving just in time.
Even though he didn't really have a shot to make the team, the Yankees didn't really give much playing time to Gary Sanchez as he was cut after only nine at-bats. While it's hard to take anything from spring training assignments, since they can quickly change, Sanchez was assigned to Double-A Trenton where he played in 2014. If this assignment holds, it means he won't serve as MLB depth in Triple-A and John Ryan Murphy will eventually be optioned down, since he still can be, in order to make way for Austin Romine as the backup catcher.
Added to the 40-man roster over the winter, Pinder didn't exactly impress when he accumulated a 5.06 ERA in 5.1 innings this spring. Danny Burawa was added at the same time, but he's pitched better, though he's been afforded less opportunities so far. It would seem that Pinder will be resigned to serve as depth and will be a big league call-up if someone gets hurt.
Kyle Roller wasn't about to make a run at a roster spot, so he's been optioned to Triple-A Scranton to serve as the starting first baseman. He's unlikely to ever get a shot in the majors, but this is his sixth option year and he's going to be 27, so time is just about up for him. Domingo German
never even got a shot to pitch in camp threw one inning this spring, but he wasn't going anywhere but A-ball. After a full season at Low-A in the Marlins' system, it would seem he's destined for the High-A Tampa rotation this year.
A total of 15 players have been cut from camp so far and it won't be long before Jose Campos and others are cut as well. Who are you sad to see go? How unhappy are you that it was Greg Bird who was cut?