Spring Training Weekly: Look out, the Big Bats Are Waking Up


Week in Review

Monday 3/5: Scheduled off day (NA, 8-2)

Tuesday 3/6: at Detroit Tigers (W 7-2, 9-2)

New York Yankees’ Chasen Shreve pitches against the Detroit Tigers in the sixth inning of a spring baseball exhibition game, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

The Yankees and Tigers were all tied up heading into the eighth inning, and then New York’s offense erupted for a combined five unanswered runs in the final two frames. Adam Lind appeared in his first game and promptly delivered with an RBI single to tie the game up at two in the top of the sixth inning. Lind would go 2-3 in his debut.

Billy McKinney delivered the crushing blow that sealed the victory when he connected for his third home run of the spring. The highly touted prospect crushed a three-run homer to right-center field off of Zac Reininger to pull the Yankees ahead by five.

Giancarlo Stanton went 1-3 with a double. Stanton has now gotten five hits this spring, four of which have resulted in doubles. More importantly, Giancarlo played much better in left field after a disastrous debut. The reigning National League MVP performed well, making every play at each opportunity. Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery struggled with his command in 3.2 innings of work. The southpaw walked four, struck out four, and permitted one earned run on two hits. Reliever Cody Carroll impressed again, earning the victory and struck out all three batters that he faced.

Wednesday 3/7: at New York Mets (W 11-4, 10-2)

New York Yankees left fielder Billy McKinney (71) reaches for a ground ball during a spring training baseball game against the New York Mets Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Billy McKinney starred once again, this time it was in Wednesday’s afternoon game at First Data Field. The Dallas, TX native went 1-1 with a grand slam and two walks. The 23-year old erased a three-run deficit with one swing of the bat in the top of the eighth inning to put his team up on top 7-4.

Fellow outfield prospect Trey Amburgey provided the cushion with a three-run shot of his own in the top of the ninth. In all, the Bombers scored 10 unanswered runs, completing the comeback against the cross-town rival New York Mets.

Kyle Higashioka also had a great day in his own right, going 2-2 with an RBI and two runs scored.

On the pitching front, Domingo German and Brady Lail continue to impress, and Cale Coshow had a much-needed rebound performance from Sunday. German started the game and struck out five over 2.3 innings of work. The Dominican Republic native retired the first six Mets in order and struck out Todd Frazier, Adrian Gonzalez, and Jose Reyes in the second inning. He did walk two and permitted one run on two hits. Lail fired two scoreless innings, never allowed a baserunner, and struck out two. Coshow struck out two of the four batters faced in one scoreless inning of work.

Thursday 3/8: vs. Philadelphia Phillies (L 6-7, 10-3)

Luis Severino made his spring debut on Thursday and impressed over 3.1 innings of work. The Yankees ‘ace’ walked one, struck out three, and limited the Philadelphia offense to just one unearned run on three hits.

Aroldis Chapman looked much better in this contest, following his rough debut on Sunday. The flamethrower struck out two and permitted one hit in 0.2 innings. Justus Sheffield and Wade LeBlanc struggled, allowing three earned runs on three hits each.

Giancarlo Stanton played left field again – making every play and looking more comfortable at the position. The slugger also went 1-3 at the plate. He drove in two runs on a hard-hit Tommy Hunter 95 mph on a 0-2 count for an RBI single off the right-field wall in the bottom of the fifth inning. Didi Gregorius cranked his first homer (two-run) of the spring on a two-out, 1-1, 91 mph fastball off Phillies starter Ben Lively to put the Yankees on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Friday 3/9: at Atlanta Braves (L 1-3, 10-4)

Atlanta limited the Yankees offense to one run on three hits. The lone New York run came off the bat of star catcher Gary Sanchez in the top of the sixth inning off reliever Aroldis Vizcaino. Braves starter Julio Teheran dazzled in four scoreless innings, allowing the other two Yankee hits in the form of a pair of Sanchez and Aaron Hicks singles.

Former Yankee farmhand Anyelo Gomez earned the victory, tossing an inning of wild (two walks), but scoreless baseball. Sonny Gray threw for the second time this spring, pitching to very positive results. Gray threw 3.2 innings, struck out three, walked two, and gave up a lone single.

Chasen Shreve looked great in his inning of work, striking out two and permitting no walks or hits. Jonathan Holder performed great as well, achieving the same exact results as Shreve. David Hale allowed two runs (one earned), on five hits and two walks over 1.2 innings of work. The unearned run was a result of misplays from prospect Billy McKinney. He committed two errors (missed catch, throw) on one play. The back-to-back losses mark the first Yankees losing streak this spring.

Saturday 3/10: vs New York Mets (W 10-3, 11-4)

The talk of the town following Saturday’s matinee was by far Giancarlo Stanton. Although it is still unofficial, the superstar crushed his first home run as a member of the Yankees. Stanton sent a Matt Harvey 1-2, 94-mph fastball over the right-field fence, off the cabanas for an impressive two-run, opposite-field homer. Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner both finished with two hits apiece. Judge hit a double, walked and scored two runs in his 2-for-2 effort. Gardner went 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored. The seven-run victory also included two standout pitching performances by closer Aroldis Chapman and his set-up man David Robertson. Tyler Wade had an injury scare when he rolled his right wrist. However, he is okay.

Sunday 3/11: at Miami Marlins (L 5-7, 11-5)

Fresh off being named the Yankees fifth starter, Jordan Montgomery was charged with four earned runs in only 2.1 innings of work against the Miami Marlins on Sunday. The former South Carolina Gamecock permitted the four runs on five hits and two walks. He did rack up three more strikeouts, a result of his good ‘stuff.’ The reigning American League Rookie of the Year, Aaron Judge, launched his first home run of the spring in the seventh inning of the ballgame to score the Yankees fifth and final run of the contest. The solo-blast flew near the Marlins’ clubhouse in left field, as it landed on a second-floor balcony. Didi Gregorius also homered in the prior inning, also off of pitcher Sandy Alcantara. Sir Didi plated the Yankees first run with an RBI groundout in the top of the fourth, along with two others on the homer, giving him a three-RBI day. Prospect Cody Carroll was the only impressive pitcher on the day, striking out three in a scoreless inning of work. Carroll now has a 3-0 record with a 1.80 ERA, and eight strikeouts in five innings of work this spring.

On Deck This Week

Monday 3/12: vs Minnesota Twins, 6:35 pm (YES, MLB.TV)

Tuesday 3/13: vs Detroit Tigers, 1:05 pm (YES, MLB.TV)  

Wednesday 3/14: at Baltimore Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN/MLBN, MLB.TV)

Thursday 3/15: vs Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:05 pm (YES, MLB.TV)

Friday 3/16: vs Houston Astros, 6:35 pm

Saturday 3/17: at Detroit Tigers, 1:05 pm (FS-D/MLBN, MLB.TV)

Sunday 3/18: vs Miami Marlins, 1:05 pm (YES/FS-FL, MLB.TV)