May 19, 2024

The Yankees are continuing their trend of reassigning players to Minor League camp to allow more playing time for their regular starters. Today, they announced three more moves: left-hander Tanner Tully was optioned, and both J.C. Escarra and T.J. Rumfield were sent down as well. Despite these reassignments, these players may still participate in Spring Training games, as demonstrated by Luis Gil, who pitched in a recent game despite being reassigned.

New York Yankees 1B prospect T J Rumfield Mesa Solar Sox 2… | Flickr

These moves clarify the roster situation, though they shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the Yankees weren’t expected to add players at positions like catcher, first base, or starting pitcher, where no significant injuries have occurred yet.

In the case of Tanner Tully, while he delivered a solid performance against the New York Mets earlier in the week, he wasn’t in contention for MLB starts on Opening Day. Signed as a Minor League free agent after a stint in the Korean Baseball Organization, Tully relies on control and movement rather than velocity, which may explain his lower position on the depth chart.

Depth is always valuable, and Tully could be called upon if needed, though he’s yet to make his MLB debut, with a career Minor League ERA of 4.10. J.C. Escarra, another veteran signed in Minor League free agency, hasn’t made his MLB debut either, having spent his entire affiliated career with the Baltimore Orioles. T.J. Rumfield, a prospect acquired from the Phillies, had a breakout season in Double-A last year, showcasing improved power with 17 home runs. Despite the presence of Ben Rice and Anthony Rizzo, Rumfield has the potential to make an impact in the organization.

With more reassignments and roster cuts expected as Opening Day approaches, the Yankees’ front office still has decisions to make in the coming days.

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