As the New York Yankees’ Spring Training camp gets into full swing at George M. Steinbrenner Field, the pitchers and catchers continued to prepare for the upcoming 2013 season during Saturday morning’s workouts. Yankee’s Manager Joe Girardi worked with the catchers during drills.
Early in the morning, catchers Bobby Wilson, Francisco Cervelli and Christ Stewart were all showing their defensive skills behind home plate. The three are all working toward securing the starting catcher job with the Yanks. This video shows the three catchers along with Girardi and other Yankees coaches during practice.
Cervelli showed his arm strength in drills as well as hitting at the plate. Cervelli, who spent the 2012 season with Triple-A wants to be back in the Bronx this season especially since the Yanks’ starter Russell Wilson has departed. Stewart, who was a solid backup catcher in 2012 also showed offensive strength in batting. In 2012 Stewart showed that he also has impressive defensive skills that helped the Yanks win games. Bobby Wilson, who the New York Yankees just recently signed, also had an impressive outing showing the Yankees that he too deserves a spot on the Opening Day roster.
The prospect catchers also looked impressive throughout the morning. Austin Romine, who has already spent time in the Bronx, also has his eye on a Major League roster spot. Romine shows no sign of a back injury that hindered his playing time last season. Romine’s performance in camp so far could possible what it takes to nab at least a backup spot.
One of the Yanks’ other top prospects Gary Sanchez could possible see a promotion to Double-A Trenton at the start of the 2013 season. JR Murphy who was transferred to Double-A Trenton in 2012 also spent a lot of time behind the plate working with pitchers Clay Rapada and Ryan Pope.
The entirety of the New York Yankees’ Spring Training participants will arrive on Sunday afternoon for physicals before beginning camp on Monday.