The New York Yankees infield in 2020 will look much different than it did in 2020, so who will start and where will they play?
The New York Yankees infield in 2020 will be completely different for a variety of reasons. For one, Miguel Andujar will be back after missing just about the entire 2019 season. Getting Andujar back already makes for some controversy for who will play where, but that’s not even half of it.
In addition to getting Andujar back, the Yankees will be without Didi Gregorius, who is now a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, and with that, the shortstop position is now opened. Gregorius was incredible for the Yankees since taking over the shortstop position, but now it is time for someone else to take over the position.
So you see where I’m getting at? Aaron Boone and the Yankees have a lot of decisions to make in free agency and then also when it comes to who will be on the lineup card.
So here is what it looks like the Yankees will have for infield options in 2020, right now:
- DJ LeMahieu; 2B, 3B, 1B, SS (if needed)
- Gleyber Torres; 2B, SS
- Miguel Andujar; 3B, 2B/SS (if needed)
- Gio Urshela; 3B, 2B/SS (if needed)
- Luke Voit; 1B
- Mike Ford; 1B
So six guys vying for four positions, what do you do? Well, I think this is what the Yankees starting lineup should look like:
- C: Gary Sanchez
- 1B: DJ LeMahieu
- 2B: Miguel Andujar/Gio Urshela
- SS: Gleyber Torres
- 3B: Gio Urshela/Miguel Andujar
- RF: Aaron Judge
- CF: Aaron Hicks
- LF: Brett Gardner
- DH: Giancarlo Stanton
- Bench: Luke Voit
- Bench: Mike Ford
- Bench: Clint Frazier
- Bench: Mike Tauchman
In my opinion, this is the best use of the Yankees talent, now that they’re without Didi Gregorius. We had seen Gleyber Torres play shortstop before, including this past season, while Didi Gregorius recovered from Tommy John surgery.
That being said, while it might not be his main position and then you also move either Andujar or Urshela out of their primary position, you still have guys playing positions they can handle.
Another option could be starting DJ LeMahieu at second base and moving most likely Miguel Andujar to first base, or moving him to the bench en route for Luke Voit at first.
However, I think DJ LeMahieu showed he is more than capable of playing first base last year, and it would be a tad silly to teach Andujar an entirely new position to have LeMahieu play his natural position.