Prior to the New York Yankees 7-0 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday, manager Joe Girardi decided to cut three more non-roster invitees. Among the three players, was southpaw reliever Jacob Lindgren, a.k.a. the ‘strikeout factory.’
According to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters as of Sunday morning that Lindgren still had a legitimate chance to join the bullpen and head to the Bronx to start the season with the big boys, which made complete sense considering the young left-hander was one of the best pitchers in spring training across the board. The 2014 second-round pick (55th overall) pitched a combined 7 1/3 innings this spring, recording an impressive 1.23 ERA and 10 strikeouts.
The Mississippi native came into camp as one of the premier Yankees prospects. He tore through the minor leagues in 2014, powering through 24.2 innings pitched with a ridiculous 17.5 K/9 rate and an impressive 2.19 ERA across four minor league levels. It’s unclear where he’ll start the 2015 season, but my guess is it’ll be right where he ended his 2014 season, with the Double-A Trenton Thunder.
After the game, the Yankees continued to shape their opening day roster by cutting eight more players.
Here’s a full list of players cut after Sunday outside of Jacob Lindgren:
SP Bryan Mitchell: Optioned to Triple A-Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre
SP Kyle Davies: TBD
SP Scott Baker: Released
OF Ramon Flores: Optioned to Triple A-Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre
C Francisco Arcia: TBD
INF Cole Figueora: TBD
INF Jonathan Galves: TBD
OF Slade Heathcott:TBD
C Kyle Higashioka: TBD
RHP Nick Rumbelow: TBD
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