Yankees Season Preview

James Kim, Staff Writer

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Spring training games have already begun and the New York Yankees are off to a hot start. The Bronx Bombers are 13-5 in their spring training games, which puts them first in the American League. Let’s take a look at the players of the team and see what they will bring to the table in 2017.

Over the past few years, the Yankees have been seen as an old team. However, the team is filled with young talent that will make the team thrive in the future. Gary Sanchez had a surprising season last year, finishing second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting. In only 201 at bats, he hit 20 home runs and hit .299. He will be an important aspect with his hot bat and defensive skills behind the plate. Greg Bird is another player to look at, as he is coming back after missing the entire 2016 season with a shoulder injury. Although he did not play much in 2015, he proved that he was capable of becoming an everyday player at first base. He will take the spot of Mark Teixeira, who retired this past season. Another young player is 6’7” right fielder Aaron Judge. Although he struggled during his first season, he worked on his swing during the offseason to reduce his strikeout rate. His size and power has been compared to Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton and fans can expect many home runs to be hit this season. It is expected for Judge to be the team’s starting right fielder. The Yankees’ farm system can be considered as the best in all of baseball. Shortstop Gleyber Torres and outfielder Clint Frazier are extremely talented players who can expect a call up anytime this upcoming season.

The team also added a few free agents during the offseason. In the 2016 trade deadline, relievers Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman were traded. Although Miller is not coming back, the organization signed a 5 year deal with Chapman, the “Cuban Missile.” Chapman will work with pitchers Dellin Betances and Tyler Clippard to create a solid bullpen. In addition, the team picked up powerhitters Chris Carter and Matt Holliday. Carter hit 41 home runs last season while Holliday hit 20 and both will take advantage of Yankee Stadium’s small size.

Returning outfielders Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury will take their speed and contact ability to the top of the order. The middle infield will consist of shortstop Didi Gregorius and second basemen Starlin Castro. The duo had very productive seasons both defensively and offensively last season. They both set career highs in home runs and became the first middle infielders in Yankee history to hit 20 or more home runs in a single season. They dynamic duo will be a strong factor of the team in 2017. The starting pitching rotation is definitely seen as the team’s weakness. Besides, pitchers Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia, the rest of the rotation is unknown. Luis Severino, Luis Cessa, Chad Green, and Bryan Mitchell are competing for spots, but they have all showed promise through last year’s season and this year’s spring training.

The starting pitching rotation is definitely seen as the team’s weakness. Besides, pitchers Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia, the rest of the rotation is unknown. Luis Severino, Luis Cessa, Chad Green, and Bryan Mitchell are competing for spots, but they have all showed promise through last year’s season and this year’s spring training.


The young team has new players and returning players that are filled with talent. The Yankees will succeed and go through much adversity. However, the team will continue to fight and compete for their 28th World Championship.

Picture from NY Daily News

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