The Yankees have a deep roster. I’m talking deeper than Earl Jones’ voice.
First I want to start by saying this is a blessing. Having a plethora of powerful bats on the roster and in the minors is what every team hopes to achieve. But it also is a challenge to make decisions when these guys are so close in talent to one another.
I want to talk about the players who are right on the fence today. Everyone and their mother knows that Judge, Giancarlo, Didi and Gary are here for the long haul. But what about Clint Frazier? He was called up May 15th, appeared in one game in which he went 1-2 with two walks and a double in a victory, yet he was sent down last night. The man is batting .362 in 12 games with Scranton but he may be the odd man out. It pains me, because I was at his first big league game when he hit a walk-off dinger, but he may be the perfect trade bait this season. After all, there are only so many spots that you can tie up to the future of the outfield. Gardner and Hicks may not be making the All-Star team, but their veteran leadership and adequate play is acceptable when you have so many powerful bats in the lineup. Plus, their speed and fielding can not go unnoticed.
As for the infield, it looks like we found our 2nd baseman of the future. Gleyber Torres is an absolute stud. He may be the best #9 hitter in the history of baseball. As I noted earlier, Didi isn’t going anywhere. I don’t want to hear about the slump. Didi is the guy.
As for 3rd base, Brian Cashman is faced with a unique decision. Does he trust Miguel Andujar enough to let him get serious at-bats come October? If so, Brandon Drury would be an attractive player to almost any organization. However, Ronald Torreyes may be the odd man out if the Yankees can’t package Drury.
Finally, we must take a glance at first base. Tyler Austin and Neil Walker have been winning games for this team. But Greg Bird is coming on the DL extremely soon. So do you option Tyler Austin who just hit two home runs yesterday, and is 6-for-11 with three homers and seven RBIs over his last three games? Or is it time to DFA Neil Walker?
Even though the wins keep piling in, these are serious questions Cashman and the Yankees must ask themselves. It’s a great problem to have, as the Bombers sit atop first place and June just around the corner. But in order to have the best shot at title number 28 this season, they must acquire another starting pitcher.
Tonight the Yankees take on the Texas Rangers in Arlington. Tanaka vs. Bartolo Colon. Lets just hope the good times continue to roll. Have a great day.