3 Winners & 3 Losers from Yankees Spring Training

As Spring Training ends some players took advantage of their opportunities while others squandered theirs.

Mar 11, 2024; Tampa, Florida, USA;  New York Yankees right fielder Alex Verdugo (24) is
Mar 11, 2024; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Alex Verdugo (24) is / Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports
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Winner: Clayton Beeter

Feb 29, 2024; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Clayton Beeter (85) throws a
Feb 29, 2024; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Clayton Beeter (85) throws a / Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees' decision to trade away Joey Gallo resulted in the team landing a high-caliber pitching process in Clayton Beeter. The starting pitcher was helped severely by a weaker bullpen and pitching injuries allowing him to make the big league club at 25 years old.

Beeter impressed this Spring pitching to a 3.18 ERA in five games and 17 innings pitched. The rookie will open the year in the bullpen while the Yankees rotation continues to build up their arms for the season. An injury to one of the players in the rotation could see Beeter entering the rotation in the time being. Beeter avoided the Yankees signing Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery while injuries and a great performance have gotten the Yankees 14th ranked prospect to the Show.

Loser: Oswald Peraza

Sep 26, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk (30) is tagged out by
Sep 26, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk (30) is tagged out by / Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

This season made it back-to-back disappointing Springs for Oswald Peraza as he struggled a year after being beaten out by Anthony Volpe for the starting shortstop job. Peraza has struggled at the plate for his career and Spring was no different as he went hitless in seven at-bats. The infielder would suffer a shoulder injury three games into the Spring derailing his season for at least a month.

Peraza came into the Spring battling for a role as the utility infielder with Oswaldo Cabrera and Jeter Downs and likely should have come out on top. Peraza disappointed fielding as well, making a few errors that cost the pitching staff. The injury to DJ LeMahieu could have seen Peraza get some time at third base to start the year, however now it's hard to see the former top prospect cracking the big league roster in 2024.

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