Alfredo Aceves. The right-hander is making a strong case for a spot in the rotation after tossing six hitless innings this spring. If he continues to pitch this well, he could force the Yankees to send either Phil Hughes or Joba Chamberlain to the Electric City.
Jon Weber. The journeyman outfielder is a long shot to make the roster, but he’s shown some promise at the plate and is currently tied for the team lead in hits, doubles and runs batted in. Marcus Thames and Greg Golson probably have a better shot at a bench role, but a strong spring could help Weber get a promotion in the event of an injury.
Nick Johnson. After dealing with minor back injuries during the first few games of the spring, Nick the Stick has finally settled in, hitting two home runs against the Pirates on Tuesday. His durability will always be a cause for concern, but if he finds his power swing, the Yankees will have a tremendous hitter for the two-spot.
Jamie Hoffman. The Rule V draft pick has a legitimate chance to make the big league roster as a backup outfielder, but he’ll need to pick up the pace if he wants to get a serious consideration and beat out Greg Golson or Marcus Thames. Hoffman currently has two hits in 16 at-bats.
Jonathan Albaladejo. The right-hander has had his ups and downs since joining the Yankees, but he looked great in Triple-A last season. That said, he’s yet to impress on the mound this spring, allowing seven earned runs in one and one-third of an innings.
Joba Chamberlain. Its still early, but Chamberlain has been horrible so far. I understand that it takes time for pitchers to adjust to live batters, but his lack of control and eleven earned runs in three and two-thirds innings does not stack up well against Aceves’ performance. Chamberlain has loads of talent, but he’ll need to keep the disastrous outings to a minimum if he wants to stay out of the bullpen.