The New York Yankees were the first to start the tryout process and the first to end. They rolled out five tryouts in five days, starting in Boston and ending in New York. Along the way there were stops in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The Yankees for the past couple of years ended their tryout stretch in Waltham, Mass., and this year Bentley College got things started. It was a rough start for the Yankees and the Bentley tryout because of the weather. The morning started off well, but later in the day it opened up. Yet, there was still some good players there, as Jon Mahoney notes.
The tryouts moved south to New York and was held on Staten Island, home of the single-A Staten Island Yankees. If you have never been to the park it is amazing. You can see Lady Liberty and lower Manhattan in the distance. A couple of familiar faces were at the tryout - Fernelys Sanchez and Nelson Rodriguez. Both are teammates at George Washington (Bronx, N.Y.) and both played in 2010 on the Yankees.
One standout pitcher at the workout was Alex Robinson from Holy Trinity (Hicksville, N.Y.). The lefty was solid. When he came in he had an unsually high leg kick and absolutely brought it. David Auguste wrote about it.
From Staten Island we drove about an hour and a half to New Jersey's capital, Trenton. A city famed in our nation's history once again held an Area Code workout. The home of the Trenton Thunder hosted 50 players. Quinn Carpenter out of Goshen (Gosher, N.Y.) was up to 92mph on the gun and had some of the best stuff at the tryout. Matt Remsberg breaks it all down here.
From there it was a short flight to Pittsburgh and a drive to Johnstown, Pa. The Point Stadium hosted 45 players, mostly from Pennsylvania. Like Boston, it started without a weather issue and the workout didn't end soon enough because as the players walked off the field, the skys opened up. You can read more about the workout here.
The tryouts ended in New York and the Yankees were the first to finish all their workouts. They have some tough choices to make and judging by what we saw at the workouts, the Northeast will have another strong team.