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Yankees Spring Training News & Notes: February 28, 2021

The Big Story: They played a real game

No need to settle for live BP or simulated game videos today. The Yankees and Blue Jays squared off at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa this afternoon. Toronto was victorious, 6-4. Here’s the box score. Some notes:

  • DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres, and Miguel Andújar were the only starters with hits. LeMahieu knocked a single to center field and Torres doubled in the fourth inning. Miggy single to right in the fifth.
  • The first spring training homer for the Yankees belonged to Rob Brantly. Mike Tauchman made it back-to-back dingers.
  • Michael King threw 42 pitches in two innings and allowed three runs. His fastball hit 96.9 on the radar gun, though. If we’re to trust the calibration of Statcast in Grapefruit League parks, that’s 1.6 MPH faster than he’s ever maxed out at before.
  • After King, a parade of non-roster invitees pitched: Asher Wojciechowski, Kyle Barraclough, Adam Warren, Lucas Luetge, and Nick Goody. Aside from it being nice to see Warren again, this wasn’t a particularly exciting bunch. Tomorrow’s game will be more exciting to watch from a pitching perspective as Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon will take the mound.

Leftovers

  • Luis Severino update: So far, so good in his Tommy John surgery rehab. He’s been throwing from 120 feet. It sounds like he’ll get on a mound the week of March 8th. (Bryan Hoch, Brendan Kuty)
  • Mike Tauchman was not healthy last year. He had some shoulder issues and perhaps that explains his weak .242/.342/.305 (78 wRC+) line in 2020. He also was not happy with his swing and spent his offseason trying to correct his bat path. (Bryan Hoch, Lindsey Adler)
  • Jay Bruce has a March 25th opt-out. Matt wrote about him and Derek Dietrich this morning.
  • Giancarlo Stanton and Brett Gardner will debut on Wednesday.
  • Estevan Florial is not in camp yet due to visa issues.
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2 Comments

  1. Mungo

    I remain suspect of Tauchman, but an injury certainly could explain how poorly he hit the last month or so of the shortened season. As I noted in the other thread, my guess is that Tachman wins the last bench spot.

    • Dani

      I agree. I don’t see Tauchman losing out to Bruce or Dietrich. Even though he wasn’t hitting last season … he still had a .342 OBP and was a decent fielder that can play all OF spots, what else can you ask for from a 4/5th outfielder? If he starts hitting again he’ll be a very valuable bench piece.

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