The countdown is officially on, as we’re getting oh-so-close to Yankees baseball.
With only 11 days left until pitchers and catchers report to Tampa, the Yankees have announced which non-roster invitees will join the team for spring training. With the 20 non-roster invitees, the Yankees expected total number for spring training this year sits at 60.
The Yankees have invited 20 players to spring training as non-roster invitees. The total number of players expected in camp is 60. pic.twitter.com/ePH507q0Wf
2018 marks another exciting spring for the Yanks, as their youth movement arrived ahead of schedule in 2017, propelling them to just one win away from reaching the World Series. As we turn the page toward next season, the next wave of highly touted Yankees prospects will get their chance to shine in spring.
With Florial making monumental strides a year ago, the 20-year-old center fielder appears to have a legitimate chance to impact the club at the major league level within the next couple seasons. However, the Yankees top two pitching prospects will be the most intriguing to watch this spring, as Sheffield and Adams both have a legitimate chance to reach the big leagues in 2018.
With the Yankees making it clear they would like to add depth to their starting rotation heading into next season, their top two pitching prospects may get that opportunity if no free agents are brought into the fold.
Adams, the Yankees No. 2 overall prospect and currently ranked the 53rd overall prospect in all of baseball, combined to go 15-5 with a 2.45 era in 27 games between Double A Trenton and Triple A Scranton a season ago. While Sheffield, sitting as the Yanks’ 4th ranked prospect, and 80th overall, turned in a 7-7 record with a 3.18 era at Double A Trenton in 2017.