These are the initial work group assignments. Let me say the same thing I say every year about these assignments: Don’t put too much weight into them. With so many upper-level minor leaguers still in big league camp, assignments are subject to a lot of change.
Quite often, the Yankees fill upper-level spots with extremely low-level players. For example, right now Austin Jones and Exicardo Cayones are on the Triple-A roster, but neither has played above short-season ball. They’re filling spots until guys get sent out of big league camp. A guy like Mason Williams, who’s assignment is basically predetermined, is already assigned to the Tampa group because the Yankees know he’ll be there. No sense moving him around.
One rule of thumb: Players usually tickle down; they rarely get bumped up. That rule isn’t absolute, but it’s generally true. As a pretty easy example, Kyle Roller has been assigned to Trenton. In theory, it’s possible he could instead open the year in Tampa, but he’s not going to open in Scranton. The fact Angelo Gumbs and Dante Bichette have each been assigned to the Charleston work group suggests — but doesn’t prove — that the Yankees are planning to have them repeat Low-A, at least to start the season.
For a lot of the players on this list, their assignment is all about filling needs. If one group needs a second baseman, it gets a second baseman. That sort of thing. Again, don’t make too much of these assignment, but it gives a basic idea of where guys are for these early minor league workouts.
And I have no idea while Jose Campos is listed as Vicente Campos, but he is.
Venditte, Pat (WBC)
DeLa Cruz, Joel
Frare, Caleb (rehab)
Cruz, Dawerd (rehab)
Varce, Zach (rehab)
De Oleo, Eduardo
Associated Press photo of Roller