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Who makes the 25?
10 months ago  ::  Feb 12, 2018 - 3:25PM #1
louisiana_lightning
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The locks:

01 C: Gary Sanchez - best young catcher in the game
02 1B: *Greg Bird - flying without a net, our only 1B option
03 2B: Ronald Torreyes - versatile utility man that surprised with the bat but won't take a walk
04 SS: *Didi Gregorius - now one of the top SS in the game
05 LF: *Brett Gardner - leadoff hitter and clubhouse leader with a year and an option left
06 CF: #Aaron Hicks - 5 tool athlete that stole CF job in first half but fell to earth after injury
07 RF: Aaron Judge - historic rookie of the year trying to avoid sophmore slump
08 DH: Giancarlo Stanton - NL MVP tired of being big fish in a small pond
09 CF: *Jacoby Ellsbury - veteran CF with 3 years left on huge contract trying to win job back
10 SP:  Luis Severino - our young ace
11 SP:  Masahiro Tanaka - didn't opt-out, has to snap back in the regular season
12 SP: Sonny Gray - needs to be what he was for Oakland in games that matter
13 SP: *CC Sabathia - finally learnt to win without velocity, has to repeat 2017
14 CL: *Aroldis Chapman - needs more consistency after mixed 2017
15 RP: David Robertson - veteran closer pitching for a 2019 free agency
16 RP: Dellin Betances - the talent is there but has to correct the inconsistency
17 RP: Chad Green - amazing rookie year, need a repeat
18 RP: Adam Warren - versatile middle reliever, needs to stay healthy

The Likely:

C: Austin Romine - no bat, no arm, calls a good game and all we have for a back-up
2B: *Tyler Wade - great AAA and poor MLB 2017 offensively but has speed and range
3B: Miguel Andujar - potential for big arm and bat but iffy defense, we are all in on him for 3B
SP: *Jordan Montgomery - great rookie debut but Yanks have been shopping for experience
RP: *Chasen Shreve - not a LOOGY but our only lefty in the pen other than our closer

The Long Shots:  There are two opennings left

2B: Gleyber Torres - top prospect ready for his shot but we may play games with Arb. clock
1B: *Tyler Austin - without him Romine or Andujar back-up 1B
LF: Clint Frazier - top prospect ready for his shot but no room or at bats for him
2B: Thairo Estrada - top prospect but very young and green
RF: Jabari Blash - the -lite version of Stanton or Judge but hasn't reached potential and no room
1B: Bill McKinney - could beat out Austin
CF: Jake Cave - great 2017 in AAA but blocked from a shot
2B: #Danny Espinosa - good glove, homerun or nothing bat.  Makes the team if others fail
2B: *Jace Peterson - meh glove, poor bat, Makes the team if others fail
C: Erik Kratz - Austin Romine's competition but not much different
C: Kyle Higashioka - once promising often hurt minor league vet, competion for Romine
RP: *Wade LeBlanc - veteran journeyman in competition with Shreve, not a true LOOGY

Those are the competitions as I see them.  I would be shocked if Chance Adams or Justus Sheffield were to steal Montgomery's job.  There are still a lot of free agents floating around but I don't think we would have moved Castro and Headley just to sign a Neil Walker.

10 months ago  ::  Feb 12, 2018 - 3:55PM #2
louisiana_lightning
Posts: 12,872

I still see some suggesting a 6th man rotation.  I don't think that could work.  First it would require the Yankees thinking giving that pitcher the ball every 6th day is enough reason to take 5-6 starts a season from Severino, Tanaka, and Gray.  Then we have to consider the 25 man roster.  Going with more than 12 pitchers leaves the Yankees with a very thin bench. 

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