The Yankees opened their Spring Training 2015 game schedule this afternoon, giving us our first look at live Yankee baseball in over 5 months. Obviously expectations were low given the situation, but there was a little extra excitement on the Yankee side thanks to the high number of top current and former organizational prospects playing in today's game. A couple of those top prospects had big moments in the game too, so that was pretty sweet from a fan perspective.
It's still very early, the players are still more focused on getting in game shape than actually performing, and so I think it's only fair that those same rules apply to ST game recaps. I'm just trying to get back in the right game recap timing again, you know? Still getting the feel for my game recap stuff back. To make sure I don't over-exert and strain anything, I'm gonna cover the rest of this bad boy in bullet points.
- The top pitching performance of the day was that of starter Adam Warren. He threw 2 scoreless innings, allowed 1 hit, didn't walk anybody, and recorded 4 of his 6 outs on the ground. Not bad. Not bad at all.
- The "headline" pitching performance of the day was that of the man who followed Warren, young Luis Severino. He worked his first inning scoreless strikeout-strikeout-groundout, then exited in the 4th after getting burned by BIP luck and giving up 4 straight singles and a couple runs. The stuff was definitely there. Good heat on the fastball, good slider. He can definitely hang on the strength of that. If he can master a third pitch and learn to mix his stuff better, he could be really good.
- The biggest Yankee offensive moment came in the top of the 9th, when with 2 on, 2 out, down 3 runs and down to his last strike, Aaron Judge hit a game-tying 3-run home run to left field. It was a towering flyball that just made it over the wall and the outstretched arm of the left fielder. Last time I checked those count. The dude can play...
- Bit of a tough go for Jacob Lindgren, as some bad defense burned him in the 7th inning and cost him a couple runs. The rest of the relief prospects (Goody, Pinder, Shreve) combined to throw 3 scoreless frames with 4 Ks and 0 walks.
- Of the guys expected to make the Opening Day roster (Ellsbury, Gardner, Young, Jones), there wasn't much offensively. 2-10, 1 R scored, 1 K, no XBH, and no injuries. That's all that matters.
- Shoutout to Slade Heathcott for going 2-2 at the plate with a double and looking pretty good in the outfield from the tweets I was reading. It's been a long, tough road for him and he keeps coming back for more. You have to admire that. A healthy full season from him this year would be a fun thing to watch.
- Daily Greg Bird Update: 2-3, 1 2B, 0 R, 0 RBI, infinite hearts stolen. #GREGBIRD
- Bit of bad news to wrap up that Luis Torrens report from this morning. He's done for the year with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He'll have surgery and eventually start rehab to come back in 2016. Considering one of his best tools, maybe the best, is his strong arm, it's worth wondering how this injury could affect his stock going forward.