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  • Luis Severino Started Throwing On Friday

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (lat) started some light throwing on Friday and made it through with no issues, per manager Aaron Boone. He threw again on Saturday and will continue to ramp up his throwing program, barring any setbacks. Severino had a low-grade right lat strain towards the end of spring training and was placed on the 15-day injured list back on March 30, retroactive to March 27. There's still no timetable for his return and the Yankees will be cautious with the oft-injured 29-year-old. Fantasy managers should continue to keep tabs on him.

    Apr 1 · Source via Yankees Luis Severino
  • Anthony Volpe Steals A Base In MLB Debut

    New York Yankees shortstop prospect Anthony Volpe made his first big-league start on Opening Day on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants and was the team's nine-hole hitter. Volpe finished the 5-0 win by going 0-for-2 with a stolen base, walk and a strikeout. The 21-year-old earned the Opening Day nod with a hot spring training. He has plenty of maturing to do and can do some special things with the bat, but his fantasy ceiling early on will be limited as long as he sticks in the ninth spot in the batting order. But as long as he's playing every day for the Yanks, he belongs in starting lineups in deep-mixed and AL-only leagues.

    Mar 31 · Source via Yankees Anthony Volpe prospects
  • Gleyber Torres Bats Sixth In Season Opener

    New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres had a solid day at the dish in Thursday's Opening Day contest, going 1-for-3 with a home run, a walk, two runs, two RBI, and a stolen base. But after much speculation that he would hit at the top of the order, Yankees manager Aaron Boone batted him in the sixth spot of the lineup. Torres has the skillset to bat near the top, as he slashed .257/.310/.451 with 24 homers, 73 runs, 76 RBI, and 10 stolen bases over 140 games in 2022. The 26-year-old will likely move around in the lineup, and he has the talent to produce another 20-10 season, but if he's consistently in the bottom half, that will hurt his counting stats for 2023.

    Mar 31 · Source via Yankees Gleyber Torres
  • Aaron Judge Picks Up Home Run Number One On Opening Day

    New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge didn't waste any time in 2023 to get on the board, hitting his first home run of the season as his team beat the San Francisco Giants 5-0 Thursday. Overall, the 30-year-old went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Judge had a historic campaign in 2022, where he hit .311, drove in 131, scored 133 times, stole 16 bags, and hit an American League record 62 long balls across 157 games. It'll be almost impossible for the native of California to reproduce those numbers, but fantasy owners know they're getting one of, if not the best hitter in all of baseball for this season, able to contribute plenty of value in every category.

    Mar 31 · Source via Yankees Aaron Judge
  • Gerrit Cole Nasty In Opening Day Win

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole had an immaculate Opening Day start on Thursday, tossing six shutout innings in a win over the San Francisco Giants. Maybe even more impressively, he struck out 11 Giants while allowing just three hits and two walks. Cole is looking to improve on his already great 2022 season, as he pitched to a 3.50 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP, and had a 257:50 K:BB ratio over 200 IP. If he can limit runs a little bit better, he has a very good shot at being the best pitcher in fantasy baseball.

    Mar 31 · Source via Yankees Gerrit Cole
  • Yankees, Jose Godoy Agree To Minor League Deal

    The Yankees recently signed catcher José Godoy to a minor league contract, according to Baseball America’s Chris Hilburn-Trenkle. The backstop had been released by the Angels earlier this month. Godoy has appeared in each of the past two MLB seasons. He’s played for three teams, logging brief action with the Mariners, Twins and Pirates. The left-handed…

    Mar 31 · MLB Trade Rumors Yankees Jose Godoy
  • Yankees Acquire Colten Brewer From Rays

    6:36pm: Both teams have announced the trade. Tampa Bay receives cash in return. 6:15pm: Right-hander Colten Brewer, who had been in camp with the Rays on a minor league deal, will instead go to the Yankees and be added to their 40-man roster, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. He had recently been reassigned…

    Mar 30 · MLB Trade Rumors Yankees Rays Colten Brewer closers
  • Anthony Volpe Batting Ninth In MLB Debut

    New York Yankees shortstop prospect Anthony Volpe is starting at shortstop and is batting ninth in his major-league debut on Opening Day on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants and right-hander Logan Webb. Putting Volpe in the nine-hole will take some pressure off the young shortstop, but it will also keep his fantasy ceiling low. DJ LeMahieu is at second base and is hitting leadoff for the Bronx Bombers. The 21-year-old Volpe earned the starting gig this spring by hitting .302 (16-for-53) with six doubles, a triple, three home runs, five RBI, 13 runs scored and five stolen bases in 18 Grapefruit League contests. Depending on how he fares offensively, Volpe could work his way up the Yankees lineup in time.

    Mar 30 · Source via Yankees Anthony Volpe prospects
  • Yankees, Franchy Cordero Agree To Major League Deal

    The Yankees have signed outfielder Franchy Cordero to a Major League contract, reports ESPN’s Jeff Passan (Twitter thread). It’s a split deal that’ll pay Cordero $1MM in the big leagues and at a $180K rate in the minors. Yeimel Mendez first reported late last night that Cordero was nearing a deal with the Yankees. Cordero…

    Mar 29 · MLB Trade Rumors Yankees Franchy Cordero
  • Willie Calhoun Reassigned To Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

    New York Yankees outfielder Willie Calhoun was informed Tuesday that he would not start the season with the big-league team. The 28-year-old signed with the Yankees this off-season and had a productive spring, batting .294 with one home run and four RBI in 51 at-bats. However, he will instead be starting the season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The former Texas Rangers prospect has never panned out and slashed just .135/.274/.250 in 62 plate appearances in 2022 with the Rangers and Giants. There may still be hope for him yet to find a big-league role, but fantasy managers can ignore him for now.

    Mar 29 · Source via Yankees Willie Calhoun
  • Yankees Release Rafael Ortega

    Outfielder Rafael Ortega has requested a release from his minor league with the Yankees and that request has been granted, reports MLBTR’s Steve Adams. Ortega had an opt-out in his contract yesterday and has been informed that he won’t make the club’s roster. He is now a free agent. The outfielder was competing for a…

    Mar 28 · MLB Trade Rumors Yankees Rafael Ortega
  • Carlos Rodon Throws Bullpen Monday

    New York Yankees left-hander Carlos Rodon (forearm) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Monday and was very encouraged by how he felt afterward. Rodon will remain in Tampa, Fla., as the team goes north for Opening Day this Thursday. The 30-year-old southpaw is slowly building his arm back up after being shut down for two weeks in camp with a left forearm strain, and he's expected to throw one or two more bullpen sessions before he advances to facing live hitters in Florida. Rodon has been a fantasy ace the last several seasons while avoiding the injury bug, so he's worth stashing in all formats, and hopefully he'll be able to make his Yankees debut in 2023 in late April or early May.

    Mar 27 · Source via Yankees Carlos Rodon
  • Anthony Volpe To Bat Ninth In Debut

    New York Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe is likely to bat ninth on Opening Day, according to manager Aaron Boone. The 21-year-old came into camp as a longshot and officially won the starting shortstop spot over the weekend. Volpe is well deserving of the spot after hitting .314 with three homers, five RBI and five stolen bases this spring. He has a chance to be an almost immediate five-category contributor. However, there could be a bit of an adjustment period at first considering Volpe has only played in 22 games above Double-A. Although, it shouldn't take too long before Volpe is making a significant impact in New York.

    Mar 27 · Source via Yankees Anthony Volpe prospects
  • DJ LeMahieu Named Opening Day Leadoff Man

    After an injury-plagued 2022 campaign, New York Yankees utility infielder DJ LeMahieu was named the Opening Day leadoff man. After succumbing to a foot fracture midway through the season, LeMahieu struggled to stay healthy and never fully recovered from his foot injury. It caused him to miss a chunk of the second half, in which he received several cortisone shots in his foot. LeMahieu's presence was mostly missed in the Yankees' postseason run, in which the 34-year-old was forced to sit out due to his lingering foot injury. LeMahieu is now completely healthy for the 2023 season and the Yankees are expecting his bat to contribute heavily as he has done in recent years. In 2022, the California native slashed .261/.357/.377 with 12 HRs and 111 OPS+.

    Mar 26 · Source via Yankees DJ LeMahieu
  • Oswald Peraza Optioned To Triple-A

    New York Yankees top prospect Oswald Peraza was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. After a tense battle in spring training to decipher the Yankees' Opening Day shortstop, young phenom Anthony Volpe came on top, which ensued the demotion of Peraza. The 22-year-old Venezuelan scuffled at the plate throughout spring training as exhibited in his .644 OPS, but his glove kept him in contention with Volpe for the starting role. Ultimately, Peraza will stick around at Triple-A for further development, but will certainly see quality reps at some point in the big leagues. In 2022 with the Yankees, Peraza slashed .306/.404/.429 with one homer and a .832 OPS through 57 plate appearances.

    Mar 26 · Source via Yankees Oswald Peraza prospects
  • Anthony Volpe Makes Opening Day Roster

    Brandon Kuty of The Athletic has reported that shortstop prospect Anthony Volpe has made the New York Yankees. Volpe, 21, was red-hot this spring and has earned the starting shortstop job over fellow prospect Oswald Peraza. Volpe hit .314 with three homers, five RBI and five stolen bases. Offering exciting power and speed in one of the better lineups in the league, Volpe is an exciting piece for managers in all formats. The news will surely rise his ADP and he should be rostered in all formats. Peraza should be expected to get everyday at-bats in Triple-A for now.

    Mar 26 · Source via Yankees Anthony Volpe prospects
  • Luis Severino Won't Throw Until He's Pain-Free

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (lat) said he won't begin throwing again until he's pain-free, but he thinks the team caught the issue before it became a major concern. Severino said the lat strain is in a different spot than last year. Even if he wanted to rush back, the Yankees wouldn't let that happen. The 29-year-old right-hander will start the 2023 campaign on the injured list, but in a best-case scenario, he could end up missing only three to four turns through the rotation. Hopefully, he'll pick back up throwing after around a week. Severino's price will drop slightly in upcoming fantasy drafts, but when he's healthy, he has the ability to post near-ace numbers for his fantasy managers.

    Mar 26 · Source via Yankees Luis Severino
  • Jhony Brito Could Be Yankees Fifth Starter

    With New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino (lat) likely to begin the 2023 season on the injured list with a low-grade lat strain, manager Aaron Boone said that Jhony Brito could end up being the team's fifth starter. The 25-year-old Dominican right-hander has yet to pitch in a regular season big-league game. He had a strong 2.96 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 91 strikeouts in 112 2/3 innings over 26 appearances (23 starts) in 2022 with Double-A Somerset and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The team's No. 27 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, has shown a modest strikeout rate in the minors and probably won't draw much interest in the short term in mixed leagues if he does indeed open the year in the rotation. Brito throws hard, but his offspeed pitches could use more seasoning.

    Mar 25 · Source via Yankees Jhony Brito
  • Yankees Haven't Made Decision On Anthony Volpe

    The New York Yankees haven't made a decision yet on whether shortstop prospect Anthony Volpe will be on the Opening Day roster, according to manager Aaron Boone. A report surfaced on Friday that Volpe, who is hitting .277 (13-for-47) with five doubles, three homers, five RBI and five steals this spring, has support from "high-level voices" in the team's front office to make the roster. The 21-year-old prospect has put himself in prime position to open the 2023 season as the team's starting shortstop, while fellow prospect Oswald Peraza has struggled. Volpe is a hit over power prospect whose bat is far superior than his glove. Fantasy managers in dynasty/keeper leagues should already have him stashed, but he's also rising up draft boards in single-year formats with his play this spring.

    Mar 25 · Source via Yankees Anthony Volpe prospects
  • Luis Severino Has Low-Grade Lat Strain

    New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that starting pitcher Luis Severino (lat) has a low-grade lat strain. While nothing is official yet, it basically means that Severino will open the 2023 regular season on the injured list, and he may not make his season debut until late April or even early May. It's another blow to New York's rotation, with Carlos Rodon (forearm) and Frankie Montas (shoulder) also injured. Severino, 29, also dealt with lat issues in 2022, which kept him out from the middle of July through late September. It should make fantasy managers think twice before taking him in upcoming drafts. Alongside Clark Schmidt and Domingo German, Jhony Brito could also be added to the team's rotation to begin the year with Severino now hurt.

    Mar 25 · Source via Yankees Luis Severino
  • Anthony Volpe Continues To Make Case For Opening Day

    New York Yankees shortstop prospect Anthony Volpe continued to make a case for an Opening Day roster spot on Friday versus the Minnesota Twins. Leading off, the 21-year-old went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run off Pablo Lopez. Volpe has been competing with fellow shortstop prospect Oswald Peraza, but Peraza has struggled mightily this spring. Peraza is on the 40-man roster and fared well towards the end of last season, but Volpe may be forcing the Yankees hand at this point. For the spring, the New Jersey native has hit .277 with three homers, five RBI and five stolen bases. Volpe is looking to become the first rookie in a Yankees Opening Day contest since Aaron Judge. If Volpe accomplishes that, he will be just the sixth rookie since 1951 in franchise history to accomplish such a feat. The talented shortstop should already be rostered in dynasty leagues and managers in redraft leagues are likely to see his ADP rise.

    Mar 24 · Source via Yankees Anthony Volpe prospects
  • Carlos Rodon Slowly Progressing

    New York Yankees left-hander Carlos Rodon (forearm) threw a bullpen session on Thursday, and pitching coach Matt Blake said Rodon showed great rhythm and consistency with his command. After two or three more bullpen sessions, Rodon will throw live batting practice. And once he gets to that point, he should be around a month from making his Yankees debut in the regular season. With all that said, fantasy managers should not be expecting the 30-year-old southpaw to rejoin New York's starting rotation until after the first month of the season. Rodon has the potential to be a fantasy ace in his first year in the Bronx once he's healthy, but it also wouldn't be the first time in his career where injuries wrecked a lot of his season.

    Mar 24 · Source via Yankees Carlos Rodon
  • Anthony Volpe Could Still Win Starting Gig

    New York Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe is still in the running for the starting shortstop spot on the Opening Day roster. The 21-year-old is reportedly getting support from the higher-level people in the Yankees organization. He entered camp as a longshot to win the spot, but has looked excellent this spring. He's hitting .279 with a .939 OPS and two home runs with five steals this spring. His main competition is Oswald Peraza with Isiah Kiner-Falefa likely to shift into a utility role. This decision could very well go down to the wire with a week left in camp. Fantasy managers should keep an eye on Volpe late in fantasy drafts.

    Mar 24 · Source via Yankees Anthony Volpe prospects
  • Cubs Reassign Matt Marvis, Kevin Alcantara Thursday

    The Chicago Cubs reassigned first baseman Matt Mervis, outfielder Kevin Alcantara, infielder David Bote, pitcher Nick Burdi, outfielder Ben DeLuzio, pitcher Brendon Little, catcher Dom Nunez, pitcher Manuel Rodriguez and pitcher Cam Sanders to minor-league camp on Thursday. The team also optioned outfielder Nelson Velazquez to Triple-A Iowa. Per MLB Pipeline, Alcantara is the team's No. 2 prospect this year, with Mervis checking in at No. 7. Alcantara, 20, looked really good in Single-A in 2022 and has intriguing power/speed capabilities, but he's likely a couple years from his potential big-league debut. Mervis clubbed 36 home runs at three different minor-league levels and is the team's first baseman of the future.

    Mar 23 · Source via Cubs Yankees Kevin Alcantara Cam Sanders prospects
  • Carlos Rodon Throws In Bullpen Thursday

    New York Yankees left-hander Carlos Rodon (forearm) said he threw 15 fastballs in the bullpen on Thursday. He will probably play catch up to 90 feet on Friday and will then throw another bullpen session in a few days while mixing in some breaking pitches. This was Rodon's first time throwing off a mound since he suffered a left forearm strain in early March. The 30-year-old southpaw is slowly working his way back but will need to begin the 2023 regular season on the injured list. Barring a setback during his rehab assignment, though, Rodon should be able to make his season debut in his first year in the Bronx at some point in April.

    Mar 23 · Source via Yankees Carlos Rodon
  • Oswald Peraza Continues To Struggle

    New York Yankees shortstop prospect Oswald Peraza went 0-for-4 versus the Washington Nationals on Wednesday. Peraza entered camp as the favorite to win the shortstop job, but has struggled to the tune of a .188 batting average to go along with one homer, one RBI and a pair of stolen bases. The 22-year-old made his big-league debut at the end of 2022 and hit a respectable .306 with one home run, two RBI and two stolen bases in 49 at-bats. Peraza has shown a nice combination speed and pop throughout his professional career, but top prospect and fellow shortstop Anthony Volpe has been on fire this spring and is breathing down Peraza's neck for the Opening Day start. Peraza is already on the 40-man roster, while Volpe is not and it's also possible that we see both players up the middle for the Yankees with Peraza shifting to second base. Volpe's draft value would climb significantly if he wins the job and managers with upcoming drafts should monitor the situation closely.

    Mar 22 · Source via Yankees Oswald Peraza prospects
  • Big Hype Prospects: Walker, Volpe, Baty, Grissom, Brown

    This week on Big Hype Prospects, we'll take a closer look at high-profile youngsters pushing for an Opening Day assignment. Five BHPs In The News Jordan Walker, 20, OF, STL (AA) 536 PA, 19 HR, 22 SB, .306/.388/.510 This column has nothing new to say about Walker. He is in the midst of a bid…

    Mar 21 · MLB Trade Rumors Yankees Mets Astros Cardinals White Sox Braves Brewers Red Sox Brett Baty Hunter Brown Oscar Colas Vaughn Grissom Oswald Peraza Braden Shewmake Brice Turang Anthony Volpe Jordan Walker prospects
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