With the 2020 MLB Season officially set to start in July, what will the New York Yankees’ infield look like after an interesting offseason?
The New York Yankees made several big moves during this past offseason, one of them being the decision not to re-sign shortstop Didi Gregorius. Gregorius had been the Yankees’ shortstop since Derek Jeter retired, but now the Bronx Bombers will have to go with someone new at the position.
Now, with Miguel Andujar back following a season where he played only 49 games, Aaron Boone and the Yankees have some big decisions to make when it comes to the infield. The Yankees’ infield appears to be a bit overcrowded, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Here is what I imagine the depth chart looking like leading up to Opening Day of the 2020 MLB Season:
- Catcher: Gary Sanchez
- First Base: Luke Voit
- Second Base: DJ LeMahieu
- Miguel Andujar
- Shortstop: Gleyber Torres
- Third Base: Gio Urshela
- Miguel Andujar
There are a couple of interesting things going on here; first off there’s Gleyber Torres, the two-time All-Star second baseman, being shifted to shortstop, and there’s also the fact that Miguel Andujar, a guy who finished second in Rookie of the Year voting in 2018, isn’t even in the starting lineup.
As mentioned earlier, in 2019 Andujar played in only 49 games, and in the 113 games he missed, Gio Urshela showed out and was very impressive, to say the least. In 2019 Urshela held a .314 batting average, hit 21 home runs, had 74 RBIs, and scored 73 times himself.
Comparatively, that’s .017 higher when it comes to batting average, six fewer home runs, 18 fewer RBIs, and 10 fewer runs in 17 fewer games than Miguel Andujar had in his 2018 rookie season. This being said, pretty similar numbers, but if you gave them both a full season, Urshela might put up higher numbers and that will likely be the reasoning behind Boone ultimately going with Urshela over Andujar.
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Obviously this isn’t saying Andujar won’t get playing time, because that simply isn’t true, I just think Urshela will get more. I would imagine we see Andujar getting playing time at multiple positions in the infield, and also getting to DH in place of Giancarlo Stanton every now and then as well.
Aaron Boone is in a great position heading into the 2020 MLB Season as he has a plethora of talent, but only so many positions. I would expect to see some interesting strategies used to get everyone playing time and to keep opposing teams on their toes.
You should expect to see the Yankees use more pinch hitters than we have in recent memory, simply because the Yankees have the ability to do so.
The 2020 MLB Season is going to be interesting for the Yankees, and it’s not only because the season is going to be 60 games without any fans.