Cessa optioned amid Yankees' roster moves

Prospects Frazier, Fowler also among those reassigned

Cessa optioned amid Yankees' roster moves

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees trimmed a rotation contender and a top prospect from camp on Friday, optioning right-hander Luis Cessa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and reassigning outfielder Clint Frazier to Minor League camp amid several roster moves.

Cessa went 0-1 with a 6.52 ERA in five spring games (two starts), permitting eight runs (seven earned) and 13 hits in 9 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out seven, and he will continue working as a starter in the Minors.

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"His command was off all spring, bottom line," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "When he's gotten in trouble, it's been command. That's what we have him working on. He was trying to work on a few things. He needs to continue to work on them.

"He just needs to get back on track, because when he's on track, he's pretty good. We told him that: 'You've got to go get back on track and get away from here for a little bit.' See what happens."

The remaining candidates for the Yankees' final two rotation spots include right-hander Chad Green, right-hander Bryan Mitchell, left-hander Jordan Montgomery, right-hander Luis Severino and right-hander Adam Warren.

Frazier is the Yankees' No. 2 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com. The 22-year-old batted .308 (12-for-39) with two doubles, a triple, a home run, eight RBIs and three stolen bases in 20 spring games. He was in the media spotlight earlier this month when Girardi said his curly red hair had become a "distraction," prompting a buzz-cut.

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"I think he really wanted to talk about himself as a baseball player instead of his hair all the time," Girardi said. "He took care of that. I think that's what it got to. The focus was on his play more than anything else after that. I thought he handled it pretty well. It's a young man that's got a little style to him and that's OK. We love the way he plays."

Dustin Fowler, the Yanks' No. 9 prospect, was reassigned to Minor League camp after batting .250 (8-for-32) with two triples, four RBIs and five stolen bases.

Also reassigned to Minor League camp were infielder Ji-Man Choi (.200, 4 RBIs), left-hander Jason Gurka (3.00 ERA in seven appearances) and outfielder Billy McKinney (.417, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs).

Worth noting
The Yankees have received right-hander Tyler Jones as a Rule 5 Draft return from the D-backs and assigned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Jones, 27, was 6-2 with a 2.17 ERA and 11 saves in 33 appearances for Double-A Trenton last year.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.