Wednesday, March 30, 2016

With Refsnyder/Sanchez Gone What Does the Opening Day Roster Look Like Now?

I have done many of these prediction posts this winter and spring as I looked to guess the Opening Day roster for the New York Yankees. You know what? As usual, I suck. Illuminati not confirmed. I had both Gary Sanchez and Robert Refsnyder on my rosters throughout the spring  and both have been sent down to minor league camps ending their chances at making the Opening Day rosters barring an injury. What does my prediction look like now that these two big names are gone from the pool of candidates?

We'll skip the starting lineup and rotation as we can all pretty much guess who is going to be there. Let's focus instead on the bench and bullpen specifically.

C: Austin Romine
3B: Ronald Torreyes
OF: Aaron Hicks
UTIL: Dustin Ackley

Aroldis Chapman
Dellin Betances
Andrew Miller
Chasen Shreve
Ivan Nova
Bryan Mitchell
Johnny Barbato

I can see the Yankees pulling the whole "send Luis Cessa down to work as a starting pitcher and stretch him out" excuse giving the last bullpen slot to a guy who has impressed for much of the spring in Barbato. Meanwhile I can see New York giving the backup catcher position to Austin Romine, if anyone has earned it with this organization it's Romine, while Torreyes is listed as a backup third baseman that can play almost literally all over the field for New York.

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