ESNY’s Projected Bench:
The idea of a bench, especially for the young Yankees’ team, is flexibility.
Refsnyder, Torreyes and Austin are all competent of playing three or more positions while Romine, if he doesn’t lose the second catcher’s position to Kyle Higashioka, gives Sanchez the ability to spend one or two games a week as the DH.
These jobs, however, have a greater possibility of change during spring training.
Mason Williams has been promising — .292/.320/.438 in 20 major league games — and depending on health, he could produce some speed and a sufficient center fielder off the bench.
He and others listed above will probably battle for the 25th roster spot, so don’t be astonished if some of those names are shuffled around from now to April 2.