Yankees Fans Thrilled With Latest Pitcher Roster Decision

A fan favorite in New York has made the final roster for the Yankees.

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The expectations are sky-high for the New York Yankees this season. As fans await the Opening Day, more details about what the roster and rotation are going to look like are emerging.

The club announced that Luis Gil was going to be the fifth starter with Gerrit Cole starting the season on the injured list. Now, the bullpen is starting to take shape as well. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Clayton Beeter has made the Opening Day roster.

Yankees News: Clayton Beeter Makes Opening Day Roster

The 25-year-old right-handed pitcher prospect has never logged an inning on an MLB mound but this decision excited the Yankees fans. Beeter has impressed in his spring training appearances, as well as the 165:75 K: BB and the 3.62 ERA he posted over 131 innings between Double-A and Triple-A last season.

Beeter was acquired by the Yankees in 2022 when they traded Joey Gallo to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

There is a chance Beeter returns to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at some point in the season after the Yankees are back in full health, but the young man will get plenty of chances to secure a long-term spot in the bullpen. He may even have the opportunity to spot start early in the season.

Beeter posted a 3.18 ERA across five appearances and 17.1 innings during spring training. He struck out 17 with a WHIP of 1.240.

Gerrit Cole is expected to be out for a few months and Carlos Rodon and Nestor Cortes are coming off of injury-riddled campaigns.

The Yankees currently have the fourth-best odds (+900) in the MLB to win the World Series. Surprise contributions from young arms like Beeter will be extremely valuable for the Yankees as they try to get back to contention.

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