With less than a week until opening day, there’s some buzz surrounding New York Yankees camp that you should be paying attention to.
In Sunday, March 27, 2017’s edition of New York Yankees Bronx Bomber Buzz, we take a look at the latest news and notes from the spring training camp of the pinstripers.
Veteran left-hander Jon Niese was actually released on Sunday after he surrendered three runs on five hits in just six innings of work in the Grapefruit League.
When he was signed there was a possibility Niese could possibly make the Yankees 40-man roster, after a disappointing spring performance that is all but out the window.
Another former New York Met Ruben Tejada didn’t have too great of a day on Sunday either, committing two errors in the field in the Yankees 7-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) March 26, 2017
Despite a starting position looking unlikely, Aaron Hicks is just continuing to show his worth to the Yankees roster. On Sunday he continued his very impressive spring.
Hicks went 2-for-3 in Sunday afternoon’s contest which included a home run and three RBI’s. This is definitely not the same Hicks Yankee fans were used to seeing in the first half of 2016.
While he may not be the starting right fielder on opening day, a case could certainly be made for why he should be over Aaron Judge.
Sunday’s matchup against the Rays also seems like it hurt yet another candidate from the battle for the final spots in the Yankees’ opening day rotation.
Right-hander Bryan Mitchell added to his lackluster spring by surrendering three runs on six hits in just three innings pitched. With a 4.57 spring ERA, Mitchell has been a favorite for most of the spring for being in the opening day rotation, but Sunday’s performance definitely hurt his chances.
Bryan Mitchell hasn't been able to throw strikes in the third inning. He just gave up a two-run, two-out single to Brad Miller #Yankees
— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzNYDN) March 26, 2017
As for what’s next, New York has an off day on Monday but will resume spring action on Tuesday night against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka will look to continue his preseason dominance, he has not surrendered a single earned run in 18 innings pitched thus far.
That’ll do it for your daily fix of New York Yankees news. Tune into ESNY on Tuesday to kick off your week with yet another dose of Bronx Bomber Buzz.