Yesterday was an off-day in the Yankees big league camp so Chad Jennings of the Journal News headed over to the minor league complex yesterday and gave us a solid update. Here are some of the highlights.
- Tyler Austin will play right field, not 1st or 3rd base like last year, for Staten Island this year.
- Mason Williams and Gary Sanchez are practicing with Tampa and J.R. Murphy with Trenton. However it is likely that Murphy starts in Tampa while the other two start in Charleston.
- Dante Bichette will probably skip Staten Island and head to Charleston to start the season.
- Rob Segedin is being transitioned from third base to right field. He’ll probably start in Tampa.
- Ravel Santana has “came back unbelievably fast” from a bad ankle injury and is expected to start in Staten Island.
- Former 1st round pick Slade Heathcott is out with a shoulder injury and isn’t expected back until June at the earliest.
- Greg Bird will open the season in extended spring training. For now the Yankees are sticking with him as a catcher.
- Jeremy Bleich is still recovering from shoulder surgery. He’s throwing bullpens after missing most of the past two seasons.
Jennings also listed the levels each minor leaguer is starting at in spring training. Those shouldn’t be considered rosters though as they will promote and demote guys based on spring training performances. Changes will also be made once more guys start leaving the big league camps.