Clint Frazier cut his hair and enjoyed a productive Spring Training, but neither was enough to earn him an Opening Day spot on the Yankees' 25-man roster. Jesse Winker also fell short as the Reds shaved their roster.New York reassigned its second-ranked prospect to Minor League camp Friday, along with No.
Clint Frazier cut his hair and enjoyed a productive Spring Training, but neither was enough to earn him an Opening Day spot on the Yankees' 25-man roster. Jesse Winker also fell short as the Reds shaved their roster.
New York reassigned its second-ranked prospect to Minor League camp Friday, along with No. 9 prospect Dustin Fowler, fellow outfielder Billy McKinney and left-hander Jason Gurka. Right-handed Luis Cessa was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Frazier, acquired last July from the Indians as part of the deal for Andrew Miller, hit .308/.300/.487 in 40 plate appearances this spring with home run, eight RBIs and three stolen bases. MLB.com's No. 24 prospect played 25 games with the RailRiders after the trade last year, posting a .228/.278/.396 slash line with three homers and 17 runs scored without a stolen base attempt.
Fowler hit .250 with three steals in Spring Training after batting .281/.331/.458 for Double-A Trenton in 2016. McKinney, one of the players New York acquired from the Cubs for Aroldis Chapman at last season's trade deadline, hit an impressive .417/.517/.917 with three long balls and seven RBIs in 29 plate appearances after batting .234 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 35 games for the Thunder in 2016.
Cessa split time between Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and the Majors last year and was competing for a spot in the Yankees rotation this spring, but posted a 6.52 ERA in 9 2/3 spring innings before the assignment. Gurka was signed as a Minor League free agent in December after being released by the Rockies in August and recorded a 3.00 ERA with seven strikeouts and five walks in six innings in Spring Training. He allowed 10 runs in 9 2/3 innings with Colorado in 2016.
Winker, the Reds' No. 3 prospect and No. 67 overall, was optioned to Triple-A Louisville. In his fifth career big league camp, the 23-year-old outfielder batted .273 with a homer and five RBIs in 22 Cactus League contests. He will return to the International League for a second straight season after compiling a .303/.397/.384 line with three homers and 45 RBIs over 106 games there in 2016.
The Angels reassigned four players to Minor League camp, including the club's No. 8 prospectAlex Meyer. Acquired from the Twins at last year's deadline for big league lefty Hector Santiago, Meyer went 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA, 10 walks and nine strikeouts over 10 innings in five Cactus League appearances. Though he made just eight appearances in the Minor Leagues last season while battling right shoulder inflammation, the righty still posted a 1.86 ERA with six walks and 40 strikeouts over 29 frames across three levels. Meyer sports a 6.75 ERA in 28 career innings in the big leagues. Los Angeles also sent down outfielder Ryan LaMarre, infielder Nolan Fontana and catcher Francisco Arcia.
The Twins also optioned hard-throwing reliever J.T. Chargois to Triple-A Rochester. Ranked as Minnesota's No. 11 prospect, the 26-year-old righty finished 0-1 with an 8.64 ERA and eight strikeouts over 8 1/3 frames in eight Grapefruit League appearances. He is expected to be the Red Wings' closer.
Chris Tripodi is an editor for MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @christripodi.