Spring training games have been underway for a week and a half now, and although the games don't really count for anything, it is worth noting that the Yankees have three wins, six loses, and two ties so far. Meanwhile, the Orioles are the only team in baseball who have yet to win a game. Since we aren't providing daily game recaps, here's a look at some of the highlights and takeaways from the Yankees first ten days of games.
Middle infielders off to a hot start
The Yankees' new second baseman, Starlin Castro, has really hit the ground running. Through 16 at-bats he has two doubles, four singles, and a walk. Castro and Didi Gregorius currently share the lead for most hits (six) through their first six games of spring training. The latter also has a double, two walks, and a stolen base. They've also been able to work on their double play moves.
Some of the top prospects have also turned heads. Aaron Judge and Jorge Mateo are two of just six Yankees to homer through the first eleven games. Neither stands a chance of starting the season with the team, but it's still fun to watch them play.
Austin Romine is making the backup catcher competition interesting
Guess who is currently leading the Yankees with the most doubles? That's right, Romine. Three of his four hits have been doubles. Meanwhile, Gary Sanchez is hitless through his first ten plate appearances. Sanchez does have three walks, but so far he hasn't displayed the hitting that impressed during the Arizona Fall League. If Romine keeps this up then he could very well earn the backup catcher position, and Sanchez could wind up back in Scranton. Romine does not have any options remaining, so the Yankees might not want to risk losing him, especially if he's hitting like this.
Chasen Shreve looks like he could be back to his old self
2015 was an odd year for Shreve. He was one of the Yankees best relievers during the first few months of the season and then fell apart at the end. So far, Shreve has tossed three and one-third innings, and he has yet to give up a hit or walk a batter. That makes him the only Yankee pitcher with three or more innings who has not given up a hit. He's also recorded four strikeouts. Of course, all of this is just fun with small sample sizes, but this is more along the lines of what you want to see.
Rob Refsnyder could nab the last spot on the 25-man roster
The Yankees idea of trying Castro out as a backup third baseman ended before it even started. They decided they wanted him to concentrate on getting used to second base, so Refsnyder seems to be the new favorite to take the role of backup third baseman. Pete Kozma could be in the mix, but he's barely gotten any playing time after spending the first few weeks of spring training dealing with back pain. Refsnyder has four hits, including a double, and two walks through 14 plate appearances. He also leads the team in stolen bases with three total. Also of note, Refsnyder has made it through 32 innings without being charged with an error (last year he made 6 through 92 spring training innings).