Numbers don’t often mean a whole lot this time of the year, but as of today, these are a few of the Yankees spring training leaders.
Makes sense. The Yankees have to make a decision on their Rule 5 pick, so they’re giving him plenty of chances. He’s played all three outfield positions and has 20 at-bats, one more than a list of five guys with 19 ABs. He’s hitting just .150, but he’s also struck out only once, suggesting he’s not totally overmatched by these pitchers.
Very good start to the spring for Cano. He’s batting .474 with two walks and not a single strikeout. Second most hits on the team? It’s a bit of unexpected tie between Brandon Laird and Jon Weber at seven apiece.
Will he carry this power into the regular season? No idea, but he’s hit the ball hard and he’s hit it consistently since he got into camp. Johnson has three home runs — no one else has more than one — and he’s also tied for the team lead with five RBI. The other player with five? Greg Golson, of course. He’s actually looked really good down here. He can really move.
You were expecting Brett Gardner? Nope. Gardner hasn’t stolen a single base. Nunez has taken two of them. Golson, Colin Curtis and Ramiro Pena have one stolen base each. So does — you guessed it — Nick Johnson. Who’s clogging the bases now?!
This is what happens when you keep throwing strikes. Aceves has been under the same sort of pitch restrictions as everyone else, but he’s the only pitcher to have reached double-digit innings. He’s the only Yankees pitcher with at least four innings and no walks.
This is what happens when you’re a little farther removed from Tommy John surgery. Mitre has said he feels much stronger this spring than he did last year, and the results have been encouraging: Seven strikeouts and two walks through nine innings. Javy Vazquez is second with six strikeouts.
It’s been a rough first few weeks for Chamberlain, and it shows in his six walks through 3.2 innings. Only one other Yankees pitcher — CC Sabathia of all people — has more than three walks this spring. Chamberlain has pretty much lapped the field.
Of course. Who else would it be? Sanit has pitched three times and gotten two wins. On the other end of the spectrum: Chad Gaudin has pitched three times and has two losses.