TAMPA, Fla. — Bryan Mitchell didn’t help his chances Monday in the competition for two open rotation spots and Adam Warren followed suit Tuesday.
The righthander, who allowed a combined one hit in five innings of his first two outings of the spring, allowed two runs and four hits in three innings Tuesday against the Rays. Both runs came on back-to-back homers hit by Willy Adames and Corey Dickerson in the fifth inning.
“I was all over the place today,” Warren said.
Warren, competing with Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino and Chad Green for the two openings, said he didn’t have a feel for his breaking ball, which forced him to use more of his fastball, which didn’t feel especially sharp either. Both homers came on fastballs.
“It really was a battle today,” Warren said.
Fowler’s stock rising
While Clint Frazier gets far more attention, quite a few opposing team scouts have noticed one of the club’s lesser-known outfield prospects, Dustin Fowler.
“I’d take Fowler if I had to pick one,” an AL scout said. “Across the board.”
Fowler, 22, went 2-for-2 Tuesday, improving to 6-for-17 this spring. Frazier went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts but is still 6-for-19 so far.
“You kind of see a young man growing up in front of you,” Joe Girardi said of Fowler.
CC Sabathia is wearing a light and neatly cropped, but clearly visible, beard, perhaps inspired by Frazier’s thick red hair, which flows out from underneath his cap and nearly reaches his shoulders. It’s something that has raised an eyebrow or two among veterans familiar with the club’s policy regarding hair.
“I don’t know,” Sabathia said with a laugh, asked if he needed to get a shave.
Will he let it go until told he should shave?
“Yeah, I guess so,” he said.
Girardi said he hadn’t noticed. “It’s not my focus of camp,” Girardi said. “I don’t stare at him [Sabathia] that close I guess.”