Yankees streamline roster: Torrens and De Los Santos reassigned to Minors

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As the countdown to opening day draws near, the New York Yankees continue to streamline their roster, making two pivotal moves on Monday afternoon as spring training edges towards its conclusion.

Yankees eyeing regular season success with strategic roster decisions

Amidst a surplus of talent in the catcher position, the Yankees have made strategic decisions regarding their roster composition. Luis Torrens, who demonstrated his batting prowess in 19 spring games with a .242/.324/.485 line, including two home runs and three RBIs, has been reassigned to the minor league camp. Despite his evident promise at the plate, the Yankees have chosen to prioritize Jose Trevino and Austin Wells as their primary catchers for the upcoming season. This decision reflects the depth of the Yankees’ catching lineup, which includes Ben Rortvedt, Agustin Ramirez, Ben Rice, and Carlos Narvaez, leaving limited opportunities for Torrens at Yankee Stadium.

Similarly, Yerry De Los Santos has also been reassigned to the minor league camp after five spring appearances spanning five innings. De Los Santos struggled with a 9.00 ERA, a 40% left-on-base rate, and a 31.3% ground ball rate, showcasing a mixed bag of performances on the mound. Despite conceding five earned runs in his initial two outings, he showed improvement in subsequent appearances, culminating in a 3.2-inning stint without yielding a run, marked by just one hit and three strikeouts. At 26 years old with two remaining minor league options, the Yankees may opt to place De Los Santos in Triple-A, maintaining him as a reserve until an appropriate opportunity arises.

Austin Wells makes Yankees’ Opening Day roster

Manager Aaron Boone announced on Monday that Austin Wells has secured his place on the Yankees’ Opening Day roster. Wells, who entered spring training with a focus on refining his defensive skills behind the plate, has also impressed offensively. With a batting line of .300/.391/.550, including two home runs and nine RBIs across 40 at-bats, the 25-year-old will start the 2024 season as the backup catcher behind Jose Trevino. Meanwhile, the competition for remaining roster spots continues, with Ben Rortvedt and Jahmai Jones vying for positions on the team.

With these adjustments, the Yankees continue to refine their roster composition, aiming to assemble the most potent lineup as they approach the commencement of the regular season. As they navigate the final stages of spring training, each decision contributes to the overarching strategy of fielding a competitive team poised for success in the rigorous challenges ahead.

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