The Yankees currently have 35 spots remaining on their Spring Training roster after cutting Donovan Solano, Ruben Tejada and Wilkin Castillo following Sunday’s contest. That means the team has to make 10 more cuts before they can begin the season against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 2nd.
So who are the players that are still on the bubble this last week of Spring Training?
Ernesto Frieri: Frieri only pitched three innings for the Yankees, and had an ERA of 6.00. He might need more time in the minors in order to build his command before he’s a legitimate possibility for the roster.
J.R. Graham: Graham is likely heading to Triple-A to begin the 2017 season after pitching to a 3.86 ERA over 9.1 innings in camp. He didn’t leave a lasting impression but he certainly wasn’t terrible.
Bryan Mitchell: There’s a good chance Mitchell is one of the two pitchers that will get the fourth or fifth spot in the rotation. I’d actually be surprised if he’s not one of the two candidates.
Jordan Montgomery: Montgomery wasn’t in the fifth starter competition when camp began. But Montgomery pitched his way into consideration. He’ll get one last start before the Yankees have to decide, but Montgomery pitched well enough in his previous two outings to earn the job.
Luis Severino: He’s either going to start the season as a member of the Yankees rotation, or he’s heading to Triple-A. I’m predicting Triple-A considering he hasn’t pitched well enough for a MLB rotation spot.
Chasen Shreve: Shreve has been so-so this Spring, pitching to a 4.00 ERA with eight strikeouts in nine innings of work, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the pen.
Chad Green: Green is currently in contention for one of the two remaining rotation spots. But Green may lose his chance as a starter now that Jordan Montgomery’s burst onto the scene.
Ben Heller: Heller had an under-the-radar dominant Spring, pitching to a 0.82 ERA in 11 innings. I’d say Heller has a chance to grab a bullpen spot out of Spring Training.
Jonathan Holder: Holder is a name that’s also up in the air, even though he had a decent Spring. In 11 innings, he pitched to a 3.27 ERA while striking out eight batters.
Rob Refsnyder: The Yankees have been vocal about shopping Refsnyder, and even showcased him to the Rays on Sunday. It’s more likely Refsnyder isn’t on the 25-man roster…but he also might not even be in the organization.