New York Yankees Season Previewby admin
The New York Yankees is a team that has had many successes over the years. The Yankees will enter the 2017 spring training season. No one can really know for sure how a team will do in an up coming season. However, that certainly does not stop people from making predictions about a particular team.
It is quite sure that the Yankees are experiencing some definite changes with the general dynamics of the team. Choosing the right player to fill a certain position can be trying task. It seems the Yankees in particular are scouting for new and younger talent.
When Mark Teixeria announced his retirement from the Yankees the first thought that pops into everyone’s mind is who will replace Teixeria? Many predict that Greg Byrd is a perfect replacement for Mark Teixeria.
Greg Byrd played for the Yankees in 2015 and he had quite an impressive record. Greg Byrd had 11 home runs in just 46 games. Quite an impressive record to say the least. However, Byrd was injured and was unable to play in the last season.
Tyler Austin is a talented player that has certainly proven success comes with hard work and drive. Austin has made it clear he knows he has talent and he will never settle for second best. Austin was attempting to make clear that he would never sign on with a new team or accept a different position simply to fill a vacancy.
Many have predicted that Greg Byrd and Tyler Austin may end up as back up at first base and/ or at the corner outfield. Predictions may or may not be accurate. In this situation only time will tell what Byrd and Austin will choose.
Much has been said about Gary Sanchez. Sanchez has a decent 2016 season. In 53 games Sanchez made 20 successful and very well documented home runs. Sanchez was able to finish in second place in the American League Rookie of the Year.
Sanchez may over rate his abilities at times. However, Sanchez was rated slightly below average as a pitcher. Sanchez was not thrilled about his rating as a pitcher. Sanchez knows he has some improving to do but he also knows he is valuable player. Therefore, some say Sanchez may be simply waiting for the right offer. Sanchez is well known to coaches and free agents. Again, it is more of a waiting game at this point in time.
Filling the position in right field may be easier than many people think. Aaron Judge has potential. Judge played in over 300 minor league games. In addition, Aaron Judge is currently ranked as New York’s number four prospect. Agents will have the opportunity to examine Aaron Judge and his strengths during spring training.
Aaron Hicks as a defensive right fielder is very realistic. Hicks is rated an above average right fielder. Some feel that Aaron Hicks may be a bit over rated. However, it can not be denied that Hicks is quite capable and he would absolutely accept a position in right field. Paying close attention to the sports analysts over the next two months may give a clue about Hick’s future with the team.
One thing to remember is that Hick’s is out of options at this point in time. Aaron Judge could make an easy transition to right field. However, Hal Steinbrenner would back up Judge all the way which is a huge help to Judge when trying to decide where he would do the most good in this up coming season. Hal Steinbrenner has had a powerful influence on several sports figures careers.
Clint Frasier is another player with great potential. Clint Frasier is another player that will be looked at during the spring training season. Therefore, offers, new contracts may be in Frasier’s near future.
There are some very talented players in line for Yankees rotation slots. Brian Mitchell and Adam Warren are strong candidates for rotation. Mitchell is an exceptional pitcher and he is fast on his feet.
Adam Warren made 17 starts for New York in 2015. Therefore, he may very well fit right in if another team member is unable to finish the season due to injury or personal reasons.
It has been predicted for some time now that Brian Mitchell will win at least one of the open rotation spots. Of course, until the trade deadline approaches no one will really know for certain what the future holds for Brian Mitchell.