The Yankees offense as a whole is loaded from top to bottom. While the outfield has true MVP caliber players in Judge and Stanton, the infield is full burgeoning stars and redemption stories.
After an all-star rookie season, the talented second baseman is ready to build upon his impressive first year in the bigs. Personally, I’d prefer to see Gleyber to return to his true hitter roots and cut back on power a little. If his spring is any indication of what is about to come (302 average, 4 homers and 2 steals combined with 6 walks and 9 strikeouts), Torres is ready to unlock that five tool potential.
I truly thought Miggy was going to be used as a trade chip for a starter and Manny Machado would be wearing pinstripes by now. Getting benched during game four of the ALDS against the Red Sox was not a ringing endorsement, but I digress.
Perhaps the best pure hitter on the Yanks, Andujar is primed to take another step forward. If his defense can improve this year, the talks of Miggy being a building block for the future will be validated. He should rake again and be a doubles force like last year. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Yanks linked with Anthony Rendon, an upcoming free agent, at some point during the season.
A fixture in Colorado for the past seven years, LeMahieu is the perfect win-now, versatile veteran teams are looking for. His pedigree of three Gold Gloves, two all-star appearances, and a batting title are all added benefits for adding the 30 year old. The Yanks desperately needed to add a contact bat somewhere in the lineup and DJ fits the bill. He won’t play full time, unless another injury pops up, but he should be playing four times a week around the entire infield.
This could be quite the lottery ticket for the Yanks or it could be a Brian Roberts redux… Tulo being in pinstripes feels like a video game / fantasy baseball scenario but the former superstar has had a major fall from grace due to injuries. The Yanks just need him to hold down the shortstop fort until Didi comes back. But until then, anything Tulo gives the Yanks is gravy. A trip to the DL wouldn’t be surprising in the least, but, man, what a story it’d be if he could recapture some of his Colorado form.
Speaking of injury and snake-bitten players, Mr, Bird is the poster child for such hard-luck on the Yanks. Just when we think he’s turning a corner and tearing up spring training, AGAIN, he gets hit with a fucking pitch on his elbow; that somehow misses his elbow guard. You can’t make it up but he looks to be okay, for now. If the Yanks ever get Bird healthy, we just keep replaying that homer off Andrew Miller over and over in our minds.
The Yanks need Bird more than ever with Didi and Hicks out to infuse some non-righty hitters into the lineup. However, once Hicks gets right, Bird could actually get sent down because of….
What a revelation and instant fan favorite this dude has become. After bursting onto the scene with 14 homers, 33 RBIs and a .333 average in only 39 games, Louis Linwood certainly deserves our love. Choosing between him and Bird is going to be an impossible decision once the squad gets healthier, but I believe Voit should get the nod over Bird until/if he becomes ineffective.
Another maligned and injured star, Gary can become a true x-factor in 2019. A healthy catcher gunning runners out at a high clip combined with a 30 homer and .270 batting average, would really be trouble for all teams not named the Yankees. The Yankees are all-in on Gary returning to the force he was in 2016 & 2017.