Top prospect Sanchez among eight reassigned

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees have reassigned eight players to Minor League camp, including top prospect Gary Sanchez.

Sanchez, the Yankees' No. 1 prospect and No. 36 overall prospect, according to's preseason rankings, went 1-for-5 in three Grapefruit League games.

"I think the kid has a lot of talent," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It's a young man that needs to go down and play every day and continue to develop his skills, but I think his ceiling is really, really high."

The 20-year-old catcher is expected to begin the year at high Class A Tampa. He batted a combined .290 with 18 home runs and 85 RBIs in 116 games at low Class A Charleston and Tampa in 2012, and Girardi said that he has seen improvement in Sanchez's game from last year.

"All around, he catches the ball better, he's got an outstanding arm, he blocks the ball better, his swing is more consistent," Girardi said. "It's just a guy you want to go play every day and see where he can get to."

The Yankees also reassigned infielders David Adams, Greg Bird, Cito Culver and Rob Segedin; outfielder Tyler Austin and catchers Francisco Arcia and Kyle Higashioka. The Yankees have 66 players currently on the camp roster.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.