[caption id="attachment_80583" align="aligncenter" width="575"] Courtesy of Getty Images[/caption] The Spring Training game schedule is almost 2 weeks old, the first round of roster cuts were made yesterday, and the ST process has taken a step from "getting loose and back into the swing of things" up to "starting to think about the regular season and what needs to be done to be ready for that". With that in mind and with the Yankees off today, I thought it would be a perfect time to look at some of the big winners and losers so far in camp. There's still another 3 weeks to go until final roster decisions and anything can happen in that time, but these are the guys who have done the most to help or hurt their standing through the first 13 games.
Rob Refsnyder- No-brainer. And it's not even about how well he's actually played. Refsnyder is 4-16 with a double, a few walks, and 3 stolen bases in his 9 games, nothing special. It's the fact that he's playing so much that's the telling sign, that and his early ability to hold his own at third base. Joe is using Refsnyder in a variety of different scenarios at multiple positions and Refsnyder has responded well to it. He's showing he's capable of handling this 2B/3B utility bench role and that's got to be going a long way for a club that doesn't have a lot of vital options for that role.
Austin Romine- Makes himself a more likely Opening Day backup to Big Mac with each game he plays. His bat has been hot (5-14 with 3 doubles and 4 RBI in 7 games) and we already know that Romine is a more experienced and polished defensive catcher than Gary Sanchez. Sanchez is still the future and he's drawing his share of positive reviews, but the Yankees are surely interested in pushing his FA timetable back and there has to be some value in Romine's 183 plate appearances of MLB experience to Sanchez's 2. He's making the team's decision easier by showing something with the stick. If he can do that for a little while when the games count, that's gravy.Read More