The New York Yankees have one of the most impressive outfields in the MLB, and the 2020 MLB season might further prove just that.
The New York Yankees have a very impressive outfield with the likes of Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, and others. In 2019, Aaron Boone was forced to use numerous different outfield schemes due to the dozens of injuries the Yankees faced, but it appears the Bronx Bombers will enter the 2020 season with a fully healthy outfield.
When at full strength, the Yankees’ outfield can hit a collective 100 home runs in a full season, while also making spectacular catches on the defensive side. Here is what the depth chart will look like heading into the 2020 season:
- Right Field: Aaron Judge
- Center Field: Aaron Hicks
- Brett Gardner
- Mike Tauchman
- Left Field: Brett Gardner
- Mike Tauchman
- Giancarlo Stanton
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The Yankees will go with a starting outfield that includes Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, and Brett Gardner, while Giancarlo Stanton will serve as the everyday designated hitter. However, since the Yankees have such a strong supporting cast in the outfield, they’ll be able to get away with giving each of these guys days off from time-to-time.
Last season while Judge, Hicks, and Stanton each missed time due to injuries, Mike Tauchman stepped up in a large way, helping the Yankees stay afloat. In only 63 starts, Tauchman held a .277 batting average with 72 hits, 13 home runs, 47 RBIs and 46 runs. This being said, if Judge, Hicks, Gardner, or Stanton gets injured, the Yankees shouldn’t miss a beat.
Nonetheless, the Yankees are in a good position heading into the 2020 season when it comes to their outfield. Had the season started on time, this may not have been the case as Judge, Hicks, and Stanton were all set to miss significant time.
Now, we will (hopefully) get to see what a healthy Yankees outfield is capable of, even if the season is about a third of the length of a typical season.