The Yankees will need organizational depth to cover up for injuries in 2023. Here are three Spring Training cuts who will help in the majors this year.
The New York Yankees are speeding toward Opening Day and their initial Major League roster is almost set. Several talented players have already been sent down to the minors but they don’t need to despair. Several minor leagues will be called upon to play big roles in the Bronx before the regular season is completed.
The challenge is projecting which minor leaguers are best positioned to earn call-ups. The team’s pitching staff has already been beset with a number of injuries which gives any talented arm in AAA a strong chance to eat innings at the major league level this year. A hot start in Scranton could catapult any number of young pitchers into Aaron Boone’s plans.
High-level prospects also have a strong chance to beat down the door to earn a midseason call-up. Talent wins out at the major league level and Yankees’ officials are anxious to get some of their homegrown premium prospects into the majors. Anthony Volpe’s spring success won’t stop others from following in his footsteps.
The list starts with a power arm who can help the pitching staff in several ways.
Yankees Spring Training cuts who can still help in 2023 season
3. Yoendrys Gomez
Gomez checks in as the team’s No. 11 prospect due to the combination of his electric fastball and above-average spin rate on breaking pitches. Like many of his contemporaries, he struggled with sharpness coming out of the global pandemic. The organization wants to see him bounce back in AAA to start this season to get his career back on track.
It’s worth noting that Gomez’s Spring performance for the Yankees likely raised some eyebrows for team officials. He pitched 11.2 innings with a 2.31 ERA before being sent down to the minor league complex. More importantly, he struck out 11 opposing batters. He started two games and appeared twice in relief which shows both the ways he can help the major league team in 2023.