LAKELAND, FL - MARCH 20: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees looks on during the Spring Training game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium on March 20, 2015 in Lakeland, Florida. The Yankees defeated the Tigers 11-2. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
The players will report to minor league camp. Some big names were sent packing, including Aaron Judge, Jorge Mateo and 2015 first round pick James Kaprielian. Jorge Mateo showed lightning quick speed, an invaluable asset which means he’ll be in the big leagues soon enough, especially when the roster expands in September. Judge, ranked MLB’s 31st overall prospect, showed some pop in his bat, but could only muster a .071 batting average. He’s too young and talented not to right the ship eventually. As for Kaprielian, he looked raw but talented, resulting in a 4.91 ERA. The former UCLA BruinÂ still looks like a future top of the rotation pitcher for the Yankees.
Just because these guys were cut early does not mean they won’t make an impact for New York in the near future. The young studs of the organization still showed some promise, which should excite Yankees fans for what’s to come.