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Feb 15, 2024; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Gil (81) throws a live bathing
Feb 15, 2024; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Gil (81) throws a live bathing / Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Clayton Beeter

Clayton Beeter
2024 New York Yankees Spring Training / New York Yankees/GettyImages

Coming over from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Joey Gallo trade in 2022, Clayton Beeter seemed to just be a throwaway to allow the Yankees to get rid of Gallo.

At the time, he ranked as the Dodgers’ No. 15 prospect. Two years later, is now the Yankees’ 14th prospect for the second straight year.

Beeter had six losses with no wins as a Dodger, not finding a groove until he joined the Yankees in the minors where he went 9-7 in 2023. He finished with a 3.62 ERA and 165 strikeouts. That was a marked increase from 2022, when he struck out 129 and posted a 4.56 ERA. There was a major difference when he pitched for Tulsa and Somerset in 2022. For Tulsa, he went 0-3 with a 5.75 ERA in 18 games, while he earned a 2.13 ERA in seven games while striking out 41 batters.

Although Beeter’s Triple-A experience was subpar last year, it was still quite an improvement from what he experienced previously. Just like Gil and Warren, Beeter continues to impress this spring with a chance to travel to Houston instead of the minors. He has a 3.46 ERA in four games, giving up 12 hits, and five runs, while striking out 13 batters. Although he has improved his pitching in the four games, it would be unlikely that he would beat out Gil or Warren. Just like Warren, he may not start in pinstripes, but there is a high chance he will finish the 2024 season in it.

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