Yankees spring training is underway and with it comes the inevitable competition for roster spots. In order to track these battles, we will be using our annual Making the Team Meter series to tell you how everyone is doing and what their chances are of making the team. For your viewing pleasure, here is a handy legend to decipher what everyone's chances are:
At the moment, most of the pitching staff seems to be locked up. Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, and CC Sabathia are all locked in for the Yankees rotation. Chris Capuano currently has the fifth starter role, but he's far from safe going into spring training. The bullpen is almost completely set with Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, Adam Warren, Chris Carpenter, Justin Wilson, and Esmil Rogers all set for Opening Day. The only thing left is one spot that could go to several different players in the end.
In the battle for the fifth starter spot, Bryan Mitchell could end up giving Chris Capuano a run for his money. Mitchell pitched well while Capuano was beat up, so a few more starts like that could change things around for the rookie. Scott Baker and Kyle Davies are also in camp, but neither will have much of a chance to make the team out of spring training. Maybe Baker can prove to be healthy and effective at some point this year, but Davies isn't going to provide much value to the big league team.
The final spot in the bullpen is a wide-open race between a few favorites and then most of everyone left in camp. The pitchers most likely to be considered for the one bullpen spot include Chasen Shreve, since he was just acquired, as well as Chase Whitley, to serve as a second longman, and Jose Ramirez. From there, prospects like Jacob Lindgren, Tyler Webb, Nick Rumbelow, Branden Pinder, and Danny Burawa all have an outside shot to make the bullpen if they separate themselves from the pack. Even Chris Martin has a shot at making the team out of spring training.
There are also players who are just not going to get a chance at a roster spot this spring. Veterans like Andrew Bailey, Jared Burton, and Kyle Davies, as well as younger options like Jose De Paula and Wilking Rodriguez, are destined for Triple-A. Internal prospects like Jose Campos and Domingo German are going to look to get some footing in the organization, while Nick Goody, Diego Moreno, James Pazos, and top prospect Luis Severino try their best to impress the organization for later in the season.
Who do you think has the best chance of making the team this spring? Who deserves a spot but might not get one?