Yankees prospects will get time to shine in Spring Training

Yesterday, the New York Yankees announced 23 non-roster invitees that were going to join the 40-man roster in Spring Training.

Two of the names that are expected to have all eyes on them are Clint Frazier and Gleyber Torres. Frazier has quickly become a fan favorite, but don’t expect to see him on the Opening Day roster this year.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said earlier in the offseason it’s a slim chance Frazier starts the season in the Bronx, but he could come up to the Major Leagues at some point during the season.

“I try to think more in a realistic term,” Frazier said. “I don’t think I’m going to start there Opening Day, but it could happen. There’s a reason that all the players are on that roster. They’ve earned that opportunity.”

Frazier only hit .228/.278/.396 in 25 games last season at the Triple-A level but Cashman said that Frazier ‘checks the boxes’ regarding power, bat speed and speed.

“I didn’t show the ability to play in the big leagues last year, or else I might have finished there,” Frazier said. “I’m just going in there trying to give myself the best opportunity to win a spot when the time comes.”

Cashman said while Torres will be in camp, it’s not likely he’ll help the Yankees at any capacity in 2017. But for anyone else starting the season in Triple-A, they all have a legitimate chance to make the roster at some point. It all depends on whether they can perform in Scranton.

“I would not expect anything from Gleyber Torres in New York in ’17, but anybody else playing at Triple-A, our team needs at the Major League level and their performance at the Minor League level will dictate whether they have an opportunity to put themselves into the mix,” Cashman said.

This Spring, the Yankees have a few battles in camp. Greg Bird and Tyler Austin are competing for a job at first base after Mark Teixeira retired last year. And in right field, Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks will compete for a chance to play every day alongside Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury.


Other players that have a legitimate chance of making the roster out of Spring Training are Chance Adams and James Kaprielian, two pitchers that Cashman is extremely fond of.

“What we do find is people do come out of nowhere,” Cashman said. “You have your pecking order going into the process and the game separates the men from the boys on a yearly basis. It’ll be fun to see how these guys compete with each other and against each other as they vie for an opportunity here at the big league level.”

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6 Responses to Yankees prospects will get time to shine in Spring Training

  1. Jerry says:

    Most exciting spring I can remember. Never this much heralded talent. Would love to see Frazier have a monster spring and take the left field position. Hey, these are my thoughts. Blake Rusterford after a year in the minors takes over for the benched Ellsbury. Torres comes midseason to play 2nd, with Castro taking over at 3rd. Castro hits.300 with 200 hits and talk of 3,000 hits in the future. Judge also with a monster spring, wins the right field job, has 10 home runs in April. Bird right behind him at 9. Even Holiday has 8. Sanchez has 6 dingers in April while batting.350. As for the starting pitching rotation. Tanaka, Pineda, Severino, Adams and Sabathia.

    • Muhamed Murti Raja says:

      Haha! We Yankee fans sure like to dream big in February, don't we Jerry?! I'll take it one step further and say I hope to see each of the pitchers you mentioned with between 15 and 20 wins and a 3.50 ERA. And Mitchell, Green, and all the young phenoms come along rapidly and fill the gaps. Better be careful- I think we projecting about 150 wins already! Fun!

      • Jerry says:

        That's what it's all about. America was discovered because people dreamed of finding a new land and they did. And you are right about the pitching, all will win at least 15 wins apiece. Not too mention 60 saves for Chapman.

  2. buckeyeballs says:

    hope springs eternal

  3. tom says:

    Hope Delia has time to cover every hot prospect in March. lol. I call Brady Lail as my dark horse for making it on the roster.

  4. WyomingGrizFan says:

    Would anyone think acquiring Shelby Miller from Arizona to being a progressive move?

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