The Yankees play their first Spring Training game today and there is much to look forward to, but which players should you watch the most?
We’ve made it! The offseason is over and we finally have a Yankees game today! Today, the Yankees officially begin their Spring Training games with a matchup against the Blue Jays. For some fans, Spring Training doesn’t really mean much to them as everyone is really just getting into the swing of things, but Spring Training can be very exciting if you watch certain players. Here are three players to watch out for in Spring Training.
When the non-roster invite list came out for the Yankees a few weeks ago there were a few surprising names on the list, one of them was Derek Dietrich. Dietrich is a super-utility player that can play almost anywhere and is a lefty bat with a lot of pop. In 2019, Dietrich had a stretch when he was literally one of the hottest hitters in baseball, and then he cooled down. If you look at his stat line that year it is not good at all as his average was terrible, but he did get on base at a good rate. Dietrich’s swing is perfect for Yankee Stadium and if he can outperform Tyler Wade he should be able to secure a spot on the team.
The Yankees have been trying to get Jay Bruce for years and if you can’t remember, they almost got him in 2017 before the trade fell through. Jay Bruce has been what the Yankees have been missing for years and that is a veteran power-hitting lefty bat and a consistent one. Bruce isn’t the guy he was when he was with the Reds, but he is still good at baseball. Bruce has the ability to play the corner outfield positions and he can also play first base. The road to making the team will be harder now the Yankees brought back Gardner, but if Bruce plays well the Yankees will bring him on and we truly need a bat like his on our team.
The Yankees have a lot of bullpen arms in their farm that have great potential and one of them is Nick Nelson. Nelson had an up and down season in 2020 which happened to be his first season in the majors, but he was able to show flashes of being a great arm. He is normally a starter but was used out of the pen for the Yankees as a multi-inning guy in 2020 and even pitched in the playoffs. In his two postseason appearances, Nelson pitched two innings and gave up one hit and no runs. During those outings, he was completely fooling all of the Rays hitters. If Nelson is able to really control his fastball and breaking pitches, then the Yankees will have another bullpen weapon to use whenever they want.