There hasn't been much to get all aflutter about in terms of Opening Day roster production so far this spring. Many of the lineup regulars are off to slow starts with the bat, but for the most part we don't care about their ST numbers if they're good or bad. That's not necessarily so when it comes to prospects in camp, however, and the Yankees have had the good fortune of seeing many of their top prospects perform very well in the early going*:
- Greg Bird: 5-10, 3 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI
- Jake Cave: 4-8, 1 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI
- Jose Pirela: 6-13, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB
- Rob Refsnyder: 5-11, 1 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB
- Jacob Lindgren: 3 IP, 0 ER, 5 K in 3 appearances
- Luis Severino: 2.2 IP, 5 K, 0 BB in 2 appearances
And that's not all of them. Aaron Judge only has 2 hits in 9 at-bats, but 1 of the hits was a home run and he's drawn 4 walks. Ramon Flores is 3-11 with a HR in 6 games. Mason Williams has 2 doubles in 8 ABs and has looked very good in the field. A handful of relief prospects have flashed their plus stuff in single-inning outings, and Bryan Mitchell looked pretty good in his first ST start. Tyler Austin has a home run, Gary Sanchez has a home run. In fact, all 6 of the Yankee ST homers have been hit by prospects named in this post.
It means nothing in terms of projecting how they'll perform this year when their regular seasons start or projecting how they would perform at the Major League level, but it has been fun to follow. The Yankee system is one that's considered to be on the upswing, and seeing a large contingent of the players who are driving that upswing come into camp and produce has added some excitement to the first week of ST games.
* Stats do not include this afternoon's game.