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Old 12-06-2018, 02:27 AM   #41
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World Series – Chicago Cubs vs. New York Yankees

Game 1 – October 25
Pitching Matchup: Jon Lester vs. Masahiro Tanaka

Chicago Cubs 1, New York Yankees 2 (in 10)

WP: David Robertson
LP: Carl Edwards Jr.
HR: Kyle Schwarber

Scoring Plays
Top 4th: Kyle Schwarber hits a solo HR to right.
Bottom 5th: Ian Happ singles to left. Brett Gardner scores.
Bottom 10th: Ronald Torreyes doubles to center. Brett Gardner scores.

NYY Pitching Line
Masahiro Tanaka 8.0 IP, 4 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 1 ER
Zach Britton 1.0 IP, 0 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 0 ER
David Robertson 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 ER



Game 2 – October 26
Pitching Matchup: Ryan Williams vs. Bullpen

Chicago Cubs 7, New York Yankees 4

WP: Ryan Williams
LP: Carlos Estevez
HR: Jacoby Ellsbury, Addison Russell

Scoring Plays
Top 2nd: Jason Heyward singles. Jeimer Candelario scores.
Top 2nd: Jacoby Ellsbury hits a 3-run HR to right. Jason Heyward scores. Javier Baez scores. Jacoby Ellsbury scores.
Bottom 3rd: Aaron Judge hits a sacrifice fly to center. JJ Hardy scores.
Bottom 3rd: Gary Sanchez singles. Ian Happ scores.
Bottom 5th: Aaron Hicks hits an infield single to third base. JT Riddle scroes.
Top 8th: Addison Russell hits a 3-run HR to right. Jeimer Candelario scores. Jason Heyward scores. Addison Russell scores.
Bottom 8th: Ronald Torreyeys grounds out to second base. Aaron Hicks scores.

NYY Pitching Line
Carlos Estevez 1.0 IP, 4 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 2 ER
Jonathan Holder 2.0 IP, 3 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 2 ER
Koda Glover 3.0 IP, 3 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 0 ER
Brad Hand 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 ER
Zach Putnam 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 3 ER
Aroldis Chapman 1.0 IP, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 ER


TRANSACTION: SS JJ Hardy placed on the playoff DL with a shoulder strain. SS Didi Gregorius placed on playoff roster.



Game 3 – October 28
Pitching Matchup: Luis Severino vs. Jake Arrieta

New York Yankees 3, Chicago Cubs 4

WP: Jake Arrieta
LP: Luis Severino
HR: Kyle Schwarber, Wilson Contreras

Scoring Plays
Bottom 1st: Kyle Schwarber hits a solo HR to right.
Top 4th: Didi Gregorius hits a double to right-center. Aaron Judge scores.
Bottom 5th: Jake Arrieta hits a double to right. Addison Russell scores.
Bottom 7th: Wilson Contreras hits a 2-run HR to left-center. Anthony Rizzo scores. Wilson Contreras scores.
Top 8th: Gary Sanchez doubles. Luis Severino scores. Brett Gardner scores.

NYY Pitching Line
Luis Severino 7.1 IP, 6 H, 10 K, 0 BB, 4 ER
Zach Britton 0.2 IP, 0 H, 1 K, 3 BB, 0 ER

TRANSACTION: Didi Gregorius placed on the playoff DL with a torn hamstring (literally second at-bat after returning. Talk about lousy luck). Rob Refsynder placed on playoff roster.



Game 4 – October 29
Pitching Matchup: Jordan Montgomery vs. John Lackey

New York Yankees 5, Chicago Cubs 6

WP: Koji Uehara
LP: Aroldis Chapman
HR: Todd Frazier, Ian Happ, Gary Sanchez, Addison Russell, Jacoby Ellsbury, Wilson Contreras

Scoring Plays
Bottom 1st: Anthony Rizzo hits a sacrifice fly to center. Jacoby Ellsbury scores.
Bottom 1st: Addison Russell hits a 2-run HR to left. Kris Bryant scores. Addison Russell scores.
Top 3rd: Gary Sanchez doubles to left. Jordan Montgomery scores. Aaron Judge scores.
Top 4th: Ian Happ hits a solo HR to left-center.
Bottom 5th: Wilson Contreras hits a solo HR to center.
Bottom 7th: Jacoby Ellsbury hits a solo HR to right-center.
Top 8th: Gary Sanchez hits a solo HR to left.
Top 8th: Todd Frazier hits a solo HR to left.
Bottom 9th: Jacoby Ellsbury hits a single to center. Jeimer Candelario scores.

*NOTE* Ian Happ hit for the cycle in this game.

NYY Pitching Line
Jordan Montgomery 4.2 IP, 4 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 4 ER
David Robertson 1.1 IP, 0 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 0 ER
Jonathan Holder 2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 1 ER
Aroldis Chapman 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 1 ER


Game 5 – October 30
Pitching Matchup: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Jon Lester

New York Yankees 8, Chicago Cubs 5 (in 11)

WP: Koda Glover
LP: Koji Uehara
HR: Ian Happ, Todd Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Wilson Contreras

Scoring Plays
Top 1st: Todd Frazier hits a 2-run HR to right. Ian Happ scores. Todd Frazier scores.
Bottom 3rd: Anthony Rizzo hits a double to right-center. Jacoby Ellsbury scores.
Bottom 6th: Wilson Contreras hits a solo HR to left-center
Top 8th: Gary Sanchez hits a 3-run HR to left. Rob Refsynder scores. Ian Happ scores. Gary Sanchez scores.
Bottom 8th: Wilson Contreras singles to right. Jacoby Ellsbury scores.
Bottom 8th: Addison Russell hits a single to right. Kyle Schwarber scores. Kris Bryant scores.
Top 11th: Rob Refsynder singles to left. Adeiny Hechavarria scores.
Top 11th: Ian Happ hits a 2-run HR to right. Rob Refsynder scores. Ian Happ scores.

NYY Pitching Line
Masahiro Tanaka 6.0 IP, 4 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 2 ER
Zach Britton 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 2 ER
Dellin Betances 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 1 ER
Brad Hand 0.2 IP, 0 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 ER
Koda Glover 2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 0 ER

TRANSACTION: 1B Todd Frazier placed on playoff DL with a torn thumb ligament. Greg Bird placed on playoff roster.


Game 6 – November 1
Pitching Matchup: Ryan Williams vs. Luis Severino

Chicago Cubs 2, New York Yankees 3

WP: Aroldis Chapman
LP: Wade Davis
HR: Ian Happ, Aaron Hicks

Scoring Plays
Bottom 3rd: Ian Happ hits a solo HR to left.
Bottom 6th: Aaron Hicks hits a solo HR to right-center.
Top 8th: Anthony Rizzo hits a double to right-center. Jacoby Ellsbury scores. Kyle Schwarber scores.
Bottom 8th: JT Riddle hits a sacrifice fly to center. Luke Voit scores.

NYY Pitching Line
Luis Severino 6.0 IP, 3 H, 11 K, 1 BB, 0 ER
David Robertson 1.2 IP, 0 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 1 ER
Aroldis Chapman 1.1 IP, 1 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 1 ER


Game 7 – November 2
Pitching Matchup: Jake Arrieta vs. Jordan Montgomery

Chicago Cubs 4, New York Yankees 6

WP: Koda Glover
LP: Jake Arrieta
HR: Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury

Scoring Plays
Bottom 2nd: Luke Voit doubles to center. Greg Bird scores.
Bottom 2nd: Adeiny Hechavarria singles to center. Luke Voit scores.
Top 3rd: Jacoby Ellsbury hits a 2-run HR to right-center. Matt Szczur scores. Jacoby Ellsbury scores.
Bottom 5th: Ian Happ hits a sacrifice fly to left. Adeiny Hechavarria scores.
Bottom 6th: Greg Bird hits a solo HR to right.
Bottom 7th: Brett Gardner hits a solo HR to right.
Top 8th: Addison Russell grounds into a fielder’s choice. Wilson Contreras scores.
Top 8th: Kyle Schwarber doubles to right-center. Addison Russell scores.
Bottom 8th: Gary Sanchez hits a solo HR to left-center.

NYY Pitching Line
Jordan Montgomery 2.1 IP, 1 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 2 ER
Koda Glover 2.2 IP, 1 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 0 ER
Zach Putnam 1.0 IP, 0 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 0 ER
Brad Hand 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 ER
Jonathan Holder 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 2 ER
Zach Britton 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 ER
Dellin Betances 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 ER


The New York Yankees have won the 2017 World Series, their 28th title in franchise history. OF Ian Happ won World Series MVP after accruing 11 hits and 3 HRs in the 7-game set. It is remarkable that in both the ALCS and the World Series, the Yankees came back from down 3-1 to win the series (cue the overdone jokes).

Over the next few installments, I will do a season-in-review for every player that was on the roster during the season, including contract information and their projected futures in the organization. With players no longer on the roster, I will catch up with them and see how they fared in their new environments. Finally, I will be doing a brief analysis of the bullpen use during the season and how I expect it to change in the 2018 season.
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2017 Season-In-Review – HITTERS (INFIELDERS)

GARY SANCHEZ
Position(s): catcher
Contract situation: pre-arbitration. Free Agent after the 2022 season
Key Stats: 126 games, .278/.338/.596, 141 H, 28 2B, 1 3B, 44 HR, 109 RBI, 138 wRC+, 5.2 WAR

Gary Sanchez built off a strong rookie season, at or near the top of every offensive statistical category among catchers in the American League. Defensively, Gary was around average, although his caught-stealing percentage did take a significant dip from the year before. Gary looks to be a key part of the Yankee lineup over the next few years, anchoring the middle of the order with Aaron Judge for years to come.


AUSTIN ROMINE
Position(s): catcher
Contract situation: arbitration projection of $900,000. Free agent after 2019 season.
Key Stats: 31 games, .233/.285/.333, 28 H, 6 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 65 wRC+, 0.0 WAR

Austin served adequately as the backup to Sanchez on the year. He wasn’t really a liability at either the plate or defensively when he played, which is the least you can ask from your most important bench piece. If an opportunity is found to upgrade the backup catcher position over the offseason, however, it will be taken, as the team needs leadership, and if an upgrade is found Romine is likely the odd man out as he is out of options.


TONY WOLTERS
Position(s): catcher
Contract situation: pre-arbitration. Free agent after the 2022 season
Key stats: 7 games

Tony spent much of the year after being acquired from Colorado in June in AAA Scranton, where he hit .298 and was worth 1.1 WAR in 30 games. He spent much of September on the active roster as the emergency catcher, appearing in 7 games down the stretch. He still has one option remaining, which is why his spot on the 40-man roster is likely safe for now.


GREG BIRD
Position(s): First Base
Contract situation: pre-arbitration. Free agent after the 2022 aseason
Key stats: 76 games, .214/.301/.352, 60 H, 12 2B, 9 HR, 28 RBI, 75 wRC+, -0.6 WAR

Greg spent much of the 2017 season at AAA Scranton after being a black hole at the plate in the early part of the season. He seemed to find his footing while in Scranton, where he hit .304 and hit 15 HRs and was worth 3.1 WAR in only 73 games. Forced into action in the final two games of the World Series after an injury to Todd Frazier, Greg hit a key HR in game 7 and went 4-for-8 with 3 extra base hits in his limited postseason action. He will likely have an opportunity to compete for the 1B job next spring.


TODD FRAZIER
Position(s): First Base, Third Base
Contract situation: Free agent after 2017 season
Key stats (as NYY): 60 games, .221/.292/.438, 50 H, 7 2B, 14 HR, 26 RBI, 90 wRC+, 0.2 WAR

The Toddfather came over to New York in a deadline deal along with SP Matt Garza. Todd stabilized a position that had had pretty much no production and below-average defense for New York down the stretch. Frazier was a force in the postseason until he tore his thumb ligament in the World Series, hitting .281 with 3 HRs and 9 RBIs in 16 postseason games. Todd is a free agent after this season and is looking for a 4-year contract averaging $14 million/year. Needless to say, he will not be getting that from us. I wish him luck wherever he goes.


TYLER AUSTIN
Position(s): First Base, Left Field, Right Field
Contract situation: pre-arbitration. Free agent after the 2022 season
Key stats: 60 games, .237/.305/.386, 51 H, 12 2B, 6 HR, 33 RBI, 84 wRC+, -0.2 WAR

Tyler missed the first few months of the season with a fractured ankle he suffered in spring training. Upon his return, he split much of his time between AAA Scranton and the majors. Another player who attempted to hold down the 1B job at some point during the season, Todd struggled to find his way at the plate outside of a 2-week in late June/early July. Tyler may find himself on the trade block during the offseason, as both Greg Bird and Luke Voit have higher potentials than him at the plate.

LUKE VOIT
Position(s): First Base
Contract situation: pre-arbitration. Free agent after the 2023 season
Key stats: 41 games, .270/.333/.447, 38 H, 14 2B, 3 HR, 25 RBI, 108 wRC+, 0.4 WAR

Luke absolutely mauled left-handed pitching to a .386 and 201 wRC+ in his limited time in the majors. Luke will look to fight for a starting job in spring training next year, but at the very least he looks to have some value to start against tough lefties.


RONALD TORREYES
Position(s): Second Base, Shortstop, Third Base, Left Field, Right Field
Contract situation: pre-arbitration. Free agent after 2021 season.
Key stats: 128 games, .293/.350/428, 147 H, 29 2B, 6 3B, 9 HR, 46 RBI, 108 wRC+, 3.0 WAR

“Toe” took the 2B job after the trade of Starlin Castro and didn’t let go. He started the year off strong, hitting for a strong average and providing excellent defense at short. Unfortunately, a poor September cost Ronald a shot at the batting title after being in the hunt for much of the season. Torreyes looks to start next season as the Yankees starting 2B, but top prospect Gleyber Torres looms in AAA waiting for his opportunity.

ROB REFSYNDER
Position(s): Second Base, Right Field
Contract situation: pre-arbitration. Free agent after 2022 season.
Key stats: 33 games, .243/.274/.459, 27 H, 8 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 84 wRC+, 0.1 WAR

Rob managed to stay on the roster for most of the 2017 season. How, nobody knows. He is incredibly poor defensively and his bat isn’t good enough to make up for it. Look for him to be elsewhere for the 2018 season.


STARLIN CASTRO
Position(s): Second Base
Contract situation: currently on the Los Angeles Angels
Key stats (for NYY): 19 games, .347/.377/.514, 25 H, 3 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 138 wRC+, 0.8 WAR
Key stats (for LAA): 96 games, .258/.316/.417, 89 H, 20 2B, 11 HR, 48 RBI, 93 wRC+, 1.3 WAR

Starlin was traded, along with 3B Chase Headley, to the Angels after an incredibly strong start to his season. The trade itself was a salary clearing move, as Starlin and Chase are owed a combined $34 million over the next few years. As it turns out, the Yankees sold high on Starlin, who crashed back to earth the rest of what ended up being an injury-plagued season.

RUBEN TEJADA
Position(s): Second Base, Shortstop, Third Base
Contract situation: no longer on 40-man roster
Key stats: 16 games, 3 HRs

Ruben managed to hit 3 HRs in his limited action at the beginning of the season before Didi Gregorius came back from injury. He is likely going to be non-tendered in favor of going with younger options in the minors.

DONOVAN SOLANO
Position(s): Second Base, Shortstop, Third Base
Contract situation: no longer on 40-man roster
Key stats: 2 games

Donovan will likely be non-tendered at the conclusion of this season in favor of younger options in the minors.

JT RIDDLE
Position(s): Third Base
Contract situation: pre-arbitration. Free agent after 2023 season.
Key stats: 123 games, .254/.308/.383, 112 H, 20 2B, 5 3B, 9 HR, 48 RBI, 84 wRC+, 1.2 WAR

The light-hitting JT Riddle was one of the streakiest hitters in all of baseball. Twice he put together simply ridiculous two-week stretches at the plate – his first two weeks in a Yankee uniform, and the ALDS. Besides that, most of his value comes from his stellar defense at 3B. JT will be in for a fight next spring to try to keep his 3B job, but at the very least could have value as a defensive replacement if prospect Miguel Andujar wins the starting 3B job.


CHASE HEADLEY
Position(s): Third Base
Contract situation: on the Angels
Key stats (as NYY): 19 games, 13 H, 5 2B, 0 HR, 8 RBI, 51 wRC+, 0.1 WAR

Chase Headley was a black hole at the plate for both the Yankees and the Angels. In fact, Headley had nearly 40% of his plate appearances as a Yankee – that’s how little the Angels used him after trading for him. The only reason he has a slightly positive WAR for the Yankees was his defense, which was Gold Glove level in his 3 weeks in a Yankee uniform. I really don’t expect him to be on a major league roster in 2018, however.


DIDI GREGORIUS
Position(s): Shortstop
Contract situation: arbitration estimate of $7 million. Free agent after 2019 season
Key stats: 85 games, .292/.340/.590, 101 H, 17 2B, 4 3B, 26 HR, 69 RBI, 141 wRC+, 3.9 WAR

Didi had a career year in 2017. It’s a shame it was also a ridiculous injury-plagued one as well. First, he missed time at the beginning of the year to a strained shoulder. Then he tore his hamstring and missed most of August. Shortly after returning from that injury, he suffered a high ankle sprain that cost him the rest of the year and most of the playoffs. Then an injury to JJ Hardy forced him back into action in the middle of the World Series with no rehab, where he ended up tearing his hamstring. If he can build on his stellar play in 2017, 2018 could be a great year for Didi. However, if the injuries keep repeating themselves, the Yankees might have to start looking in another direction.


JJ HARDY
Position(s): Shortstop
Contract situation: team option for 2018 worth $14 million.
Key stats (as NYY): 39 games, .313/.327/.549, 45 H, 11 2B, 7 HR, 18 RBI, 130 wRC+, 1.3 WAR

JJ Hardy came over the New York in an August trade after losing his starting SS job in Baltimore to Zach Cozart and demanding a trade. JJ filed in admirably during the regular season for the injured Didi Gregorius. Although he didn’t hit that well in the postseason, he continued to play stellar defense and had some big hits. Unfortunately, a shoulder strain forced him to miss the rest of the World Series. The Yankees hold a team option for JJ for 2018, although it will likely not be exercised.


ADEINY HECHAVARRIA
Position(s): Shortstop
Contract situation: arbitration projection of $4.8 million
Key stats: 10 games

Hechavarria was claimed off waivers from Miami in August to provide another option at short after the Didi Gregorius injury. Adeiny played his usual stellar defense in a very small sample size with the Yankees, while his bat was lacking as usual. The Yankees have interest in bringing Adeiny back for 2018 as a utility infielder/defensive replacement, although not at $4.8 million. Look for him to a non-tender/resign-to-lower-deal candidate.


PETE KOZMA
Position(s): Second Base, Third Base, Shortstop
Contract situation: eligible for minor league free agency
Key stats: 3 games

I’m not going to lie, I forgot that Pete Kozma was even on the 2017 Yankees until I started this. And then I forgot he had even played for me in this until I started this season review. Needless to say, he won’t be back next season.
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2017 Season-In-Review – HITTERS (OUTFIELDERS)

AARON JUDGE
Position(s): Right Field
Contract situation: pre-arbitration. Free Agent after the 2022 season
Key Stats: 137 games, .312/.394/.660, 167 H, 17 2B, 1 3B, 56 HR, 124 RBI, 171 wRC+, 7.4 WAR

Aaron Judge is the favorite to win the Rookie of the Year Award and is an MVP candidate, despite missing a month with a fractured thumb. Aaron’s breakout was led by a cutdown in his strikeouts. In addition to a very strong season at the plate, Aaron played stellar defense in right.


BRETT GARDNER
Position(s): Left Field
Contract situation: $11 million in 2018, team option for $12 million for 2019
Key Stats: 139 games, .259/.357/.391, 134 H, 25 2B, 5 3B, 11 HR, 46 RBI, 101 wRC+, 1.4 WAR

Brett served as the Yankees leadoff man and designated hitter for much of the 2017 season. Once again, he continued to get on base at a stellar rate and providing league-average ability at the plate. Brett had a stellar postseason, hitting 5 HRs and a wRC+ of 142 in 18 postseason games. Without him the Yankees would never have made the comeback from being down 3-1 in the ALCS. Brett will likely be on the 2018 Yankees roster, although he might lose his starting job to some of the younger talent.


AARON HICKS
Position(s): Center Field, Right Field
Contract situation: arbitration estimate of $1.6 million. Free agent after the 2019 season
Key stats: 110 games, .262/.344/.441, 113 H, 11 2B, 3 3B, 20 HR, 61 RBI, 111 wRC+, 1.9 WAR

Aaron was given the starting CF job after the Jacoby Ellsbury trade and performed admirably in his first year. He had solid numbers despite missing six weeks due to several injuries. Defensively, he is slightly below average in center. Hicks will likely start the 2017 season as the Yankees starting CF.


RAIMEL TAPIA
Position(s): Left Field, Center Field
Contract situation: pre-arbitration. Free agent after the 2023 season
Key stats: 90 games, .320/.345/.533, 117 H, 28 2B, 4 3B, 14 HR, 47 RBI, 130 wRC+, 2.5 WAR

Raimel came over to New York in the Tyler Clippard deal. Upon being promoted in May, Raimel took hold of the starting LF job from Melvin Upton Jr. Unfortunately, a hamstring strain ended his season in mid-September. Raimel will look to build off his strong rookie season, both at the plate and defensively, where he has Gold Glove potential in left.

MELVIN UPTON JR
Position(s): Left Field, Center Field, Right Field
Contract situation: Free agent after 2017 season
Key stats: 74 games, .234/.301/.446, 63 H, 11 2B, 2 3B, 14 HR, 38 RBI, 96 wRC+, 0.9 WAR

Melvin signed with the Yankees for a $1.5 million contract shortly before the season began. He provided good pop at the plate at the beginning of the year, when the likes of Ruben Tejada and Rob Refsynder were playing meaningful innings. Upon his demotion to 4th OF when Raimel Tapia was promoted to the active roster, Melvin continued to provide above-average defense at all three outfield spots and above-average offense against left-handed pitching.


IAN HAPP
Position(s): First Base, Left Field, Right Field
Contract situation: pre-arbitration. Free agent after the 2023 season
Key stats: 58 games, .213/.300/.327, 43 H, 7 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 67 wRC+, 0.0 WAR

Ian struggled in his first taste of big league action after a great season in AAA Scranton. Happ flashed his potential in the postseason, where he hit .313 with 4 HRs and wRC+ of 157 en route to winning World Series MVP. Ian maintains his prospect status going into the 2018 season – it will be interesting to see where he ranks after his postseason performance.

DUSTIN FOWLER
Position(s): Left Field, Center Field, Right Field
Contract situation: pre-arbitration. Free agent after the 2023 season
Key stats: 18 games, .186/.186/.256

Dustin struggled in his limited big-league action in 2017. He missed the last part of the 2017 AAA season with a fractured cheekbone. Fowler finds himself a potential trade candidate after being passed over by Raimel Tapia and Ian Happ in the organizational depth chart.


KENTRELL DEWITT
Position(s): Left Field, Center Field, Right Field
Contract situation: pre-arbitration. Free agent after the 2024 season
Key stats: 7 games, 4 SB, 1 CS, 4-for-7 at the plate

Kentrell was added to the roster in September to serve as a defensive replacement and pinch runner. He performed that role admirably. Each time he came up to the plate, he attempted to bunt for a hit, and it worked 4 out of the 7 times he tried. He served his purpose will be non-tendered.
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2017 Season-In-Review – PITCHERS

LUIS SEVERINO
Contract situation: pre-arbitration. Free Agent after the 2022 season
Key Stats: 32 games, 207.1 IP, 23-4, 2.04 ERA, 11.9 K/9, 1.0 BB/9, 0.9 HR/9, 0.88 WHIP, 244 ERA+, 8.5 WAR

Luis Severino is the likely AL Cy Young Award winner this year, after winning the AL Pitching Triple Crown. He struggled a bit in the postseason, possibly due to the large amount of innings he pitched compared to the previous year. In 2018, Sevy will look to build off his success and hopefully extending it to the postseason


MASHIRO TANAKA
Contract situation: $22 million/year through 2020. May opt out after 2017 season
Key Stats: 32 games, 195.2 IP, 9-9, 4.14 ERA, 7.5 K/9, 1.8 BB/9, 1.1 HR/9, 1.15 WHIP, 120 ERA+, 3.9 WAR

Masahiro was plagued by inconsistency throughout his 2017 season. Some months he had an ERA under 3, some over 6. He stepped it up in the postseason, however, where he posted an ERA of 3.04 in 29.2 innings. Masahiro will likely only be back if he decides not to opt out of his contract. If he opts out, he will likely get more on the open market than I am willing to go at this time.


JORDAN MONTGOMERY
Contract situation: pre-arbitration. Free agent after the 2022 season
Key stats: 28 games, 163.2 IP, 13-4, 4.23 ERA, 7.1 K/9, 2.4 BB/9, 1.8 HR/9, 1.34 WHIP, 118 ERA+, 0.8 WAR

Jordan had a very good rookie year. He was bitten a bit by the long ball, something he will look to improve on in the future. “Gumby” struggled a bit in the postseason, where his HR/9 jumped to 2.6, and ultimately the Yankees avoided using him more than twice throughout the order. In 2018 he will look to build off his rookie year.


DAVID ROBERTSON
Contract situation: $14 million/year. Free agent after the 2018 season
Key stats: 64 games, 77.2 IP, 15-4, 4 SV, 12.7 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, 1.0 HR/9, 130 ERA+, 1.6 WAR

David Robertson served as the backbone of the Yankees bullpen for much of the year. His numbers would look even better if he didn’t completely collapse in August and September, where he had ERAs of 8.79 and 5.79, respectively, before rebounding during the postseason. The Yankees will look for him to continue his dominance in 2018, and maybe limiting his use a bit more earlier in the year in the hopes of him maintaining his dominance throughout the year.

JONATHAN HOLDER
Contract situation: pre-arbitration. Free agent after 2022 season
Key stats: 51 games, 77.1 IP, 1-2, 5 SV, 9.8 K/9, 2.4 BB/9, 1.0 HR/9, 178 ERA+, 1.6 WAR

Jonathan was the breakout star of the Yankees bullpen during 2017. Starting the year near the bottom of the totem pole in the bullpen, he eventually rose to taking over the closer job for a bit when Chapman had to work some issues out early in the year. He served as the primary opener for the team in bullpen games, serving that role 9 times. He will look to build off his year as his curveball continues to develop into an elite offering.


LUIS CESSA
Contract situation: pre-arbitration. Free agent after the 2022 season
Key stats: 26 games, 74.0 IP, 4-2, 1 SV, 8.3 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, 0.7 HR/9, 152 ERA+, 1.3 WAR

Luis spent much of the year bouncing up and down between AAA Scranton and the majors. When in the majors, he often pitched the middle innings in bullpen games or in the event a starter was removed early. He will likely fight for one of the last spots in the bullpen in 2018, as he still has one option year left.


DELLIN BETANCES
Contract situation: arbitration projection of $4 million. Free agent after the 2019 season
Key stats: 60 games, 67.1 IP, 7-6, 1 SV, 15.5 K/9, 6.1 BB/9, 1.3 HR/9, 1.43 WHIP, 117 ERA+, 0.7 WAR

Dellin had a really strong first few months of the season, until BB/9 ballooned in August and September. He will look to regain his first half form in 2018.


ZACH PUTNAM
Contract situation: arbitration projection of $2 million. Free agent after the 2019 season
Key stats: 52 games, 65.2 IP, 2-7, 2 SV, 9.2 K/9, 4.2 BB/9, 0.8 HR/9, 1.32 WHIP, 121 ERA+, 1.0 WAR

Zach’s excellent year was marred by an August where he posted a 14.40 ERA. He struggled as well in the postseason, where he was bitten by a BABIP against of .368. He will look to be more consistent in 2018 as a key part of the Yankee bullpen. If necessary, he has two option years left.


BRAD HAND
Contract situation: arbitration estimate of $1.6 million
Key stats: 50 games, 65.0 IP, 5-3, 1 SV, 11.4 K/9, 4.0 BB/9, 1.8 BB/9, 1.12 WHIP, 150 ERA+, 0.1 WAR

Although Brad struggled with the long ball shortly after his trade to New York, he eventually became one of the most reliable members of the Yankee bullpen. He will look to build off his success in 2018.
MATT GARZA
Contract situation: team option of $5 million for 2018.
Key stats: 12 games, 62.1 IP, 2-4, 4.5 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, 1.7 HR/9, 1.67 WHIP, 82 ERA+, -0.1 WAR

To say Matt struggled in his limited engagement with the Yankees would be an understatement. Brought on board after Jordan Montgomery had to miss a few starts, Garza had a few good starts but ended up just being an innings-eater down the stretch. Needless to say, the team option will likely not be exercised.


AROLDIS CHAPMAN
Contract situation: $15 million/year through 2021. Opt out after 2019.
Key stats: 57 games, 52.0 IP, 1-4, 33 SV, 1.17 WHIP, 13.3 K/9, 4.8 BB/9, 0.7 HR/9, 152 ERA+, 1.0 WAR

Aroldis struggled in April and May before regaining his form the rest of the year. For a brief time in May, he lost his closer’s job to Jonathan Holder as he worked through his issues. He should continue to anchor the Yankee bullpen over the next several years.


TYLER WEBB
Contract situation: pre-arbitration. Free agent after 2023 season.
Key stats: 34 games, 52.0 IP, 4-6, 1.37 WHIP, 7.3 K/9, 5.4 BB/9, 0.7 HR/9, 137 ERA+, 0.4 WAR

Tyler had a pretty good rookie year, all things considered. He will look to improve his strikeout rate and lower his walk rate and he further develops. He has two more option years, so he doesn’t have to figure it out right away, but he has the potential to be a really good piece at the end of the bullpen.


CHAD GREEN
Contract situation: pre-arbitration. Free agent after 2022 season.
Key stats: 28 games, 46.1 IP, 4-0, 0.76 WHIP, 12.6 K/9, 1.9 BB/9, 0.4 HR/9, 257 ERA+, 1.8 WAR

Chad injured his shoulder in June and missed the rest of the season and still had one of the best seasons in a great bullpen. He was practically unhittable while he was healthy. He will look to build off his excellent first year out of the bullpen while hopefully remaining healthy for the whole year.


ZACH BRITTON
Contract situation: arbitration project of $15 million. Free agent after 2018 season.
Key stats: 36 games, 45.1 IP, 2-1, 3 SV, 1.04 WHIP, 9.3 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, 0.0 HR/9, 279 ERA+, 1.4 WAR

Zach proved to be a weapon out of the bullpen, not giving up even a single HR all season. Including in the postseason. He, Green, and Robertson will look to create a three-headed monster in the back of the bullpen in 2018 to get the ball to Chapman in the 9th.
KODA GLOVER
Contract situations: pre-arbitration. Free agent after the 2023 season.
Key stats: 24 games, 45.1 IP, 1-2, 3 SV, 1.08 WHIP, 9.1 K/9, 1.6 BB/9, 1.6 HR/9, 126 ERA+, 0.2 WAR

Koda started off extremely slowly but eventually found success as the summer went along. He excelled in a multi-inning role in the middle innings and was especially useful in keeping the Yankees in games that were in danger of getting out of hand early, either because the starter faltered or an early reliever in a bullpen game just didn’t have it one game. He looks to be a breakout candidate in 2018.


PACO RODRIGUEZ
Contract situation: arbitration projection of $1.4 million. Free agent after the 2019 season.
Key stats: 31 games, 37.1 IP, 3-1, 1.50 WHIP, 10.4 K/9, 4.3 BB/9, 1.7 HR/9, 103 ERA+, 0.1 WAR

Paco was signed to a major league contract slightly before the year began. The lefty started off strong before he started getting burned by the long ball. Interestingly, Paco did significantly better against righties than against lefties. He has one option year left.


ADAM WARREN
Contract situation: currently on the Rangers
Key stats: 14 games, 29.1 IP, 2-1, 1.36 WHIP, 8.9 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, 1.8 HR/9, 74 ERA+, 0.2 WAR

Adam struggled in his two months in NY. He became a league-average pitcher after his trade to Texas at the end of May.


CARLOS ESTEVEZ
Contract situation: pre-arbitration. Free agent after the 2022 season
Key stats: 14 games, 20.1 IP, 0-1, 1.48 WHIP, 11.5 K/9, 4.9 BB/9, 2.2 HR/9, 113 ERA+, -0.2 WAR

Carlos came over to the Yankees with Raimel Tapia at the end of April. He struggled with the long ball in his time in the majors, though his strikeout rate and track record in the minors make the Yankees optimistic that he will improve.


CC SABATHIA
Contract situation: Free agent
Key stats: 5 games, 16.2 innings, 11.34 ERA, 44 ERA+, -0.6 WAR

CC was designated for assignment and released after five terrible starts early in the year.


TOMMY LAYNE
Contract situation: on the Brewers
Key stats: 12 games, 13.2 IP, 3.95 ERA, 126 ERA+, 0.1 WAR

Tommy Layne was designated for assignment back in May and claimed off waivers by the Brewers. He struggled badly with the Brewers, pitching to a 6.17 ERA in 42 innings.


ANDREW CASHNER
Contract situation: on the White Sox
Key stats: 4 games, 10.2 IP, 7.59 ERA, 66 ERA+, -0.2 WAR

Cashner came over to the Yankees for Adam Warren, struggled in four games as his K/9 rate dipped and his BB/9 rose, and was traded to the White Sox.


TYLER CLIPPARD
Contract situation: on the Rockies
Key stats: 6 games, 9 IP, 4.00 ERA, 125 ERA+, 0.3 WAR

Tyler Clippard was traded to the Rockies in exchange for Raimel Tapia and Carlos Estevez. After his trade to the Rockies, Tyler pitched to a 6.25 ERA.


CHASEN SHREVE
Contract situation: pre-arbitration. Free Agent after 2021.
Key stats: 9 games, 9 IP, 5.00 ERA

Chasen was a September callup to pitch low leverage innings in blowouts. He performed that role adequately.


DOMINGO GERMAN
Contract situation: pre-arbitration. Free agent after 2023.
Key stats: 4 games, 5.2 IP, 14.29 ERA

Domingo struggled in his first few appearances in the majors and then ended up injured. He will look to fight for a role in the Yankee bullpen in 2018, but could become a trade piece during the winter.
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Yankees record in different types of games by pitching staff usage:
Bullpen games: 30-22 .577
Normal games: 69-41 .627
Total games: 99-63 .611

The Yankees were significantly worse in “Bullpen games” than they were in the rest of the games on the schedule. I believe this is due to two reasons: one, the more pitchers that are used in a game, the more likely it is that one of them won’t “have it” that day; two, for much of the year we were using 2 bullpen games a time through the order, which meant oftentimes several relievers weren’t available due to fatigue and one or two relievers had to go a certain distance in a game regardless of results.

As a result, I will be changing slightly how I use the bullpen in 2018 to see how that works. The Yankees will use 4 starters, and when the schedule requires a 5th starter to avoid starters going on short rest, the 5th starter will be a bullpen game. Meanwhile, I will be going to the bullpen earlier in each individual game, preferring my starters not to go a 3rd time through the order.

And now, to the 2017-2018 offseason.

I have some house rules that I use for the offseason:
1. I will only offer extensions to players that ask for them. For arbitration-eligible players, this means that they come to me with a long-term offer when I go to avoid arbitration. For players in contract year, I will only offer extensions if they email me about it. Otherwise, I will let them go to free agency.
2. I will not resign players with expiring contracts in the time between the end of the season and free agency beginning.

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OFFSEASON PART 1

As the offseason begins, I have a few goals for the first part of the offseason (pre-Free Agency). I have a pretty sizable roster crunch coming forward, particularly at 1B. I also am going to need to acquire 2 starters if Masahiro Tanaka opt out. If he opts out, I will look to the trade market for at least one of them, perhaps trading from the 1B surplus to acquire a SP.

November 4th: Masahiro Tanaka has decided to opt out and test free agency. JJ Hardy’s team option of $14 million is voided. Matt Garza’s team option of $5 million is voided. Kentrell Dewitt released.

November 8th: Zach Putnam and Yankees avoid arbitration at $2.2 million. Aaron Hicks and Yankees avoid arbitration at $1.5 million. Zach Britton and Yankees avoid arbitration at $15 million. Austin Romine and Yankees avoid arbitration at $886,000. Dellin Betances and Yankees avoid arbitration at $4 million.

November 9th: Brad Hand and Yankees avoid arbitration at $1.5 million. Didi Gregorius and Yankees avoid arbitration at $7 million.

November 10th: The Mariners trade OF George Springer and top OF prospect Ricky Eusebio to the Cubs for SP Jon Lester.

November 12th: Paco Rodriguez and Yankees avoid arbitration at $1.4 million.

The Gold Glove Award winners are announced:
AL P: Mike Fiers (Angels)
AL C: Roberto Perez (Indians)
AL 1B: Mitch Moreland (Red Sox)
AL 2B: Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox)
AL SS: Andrelton Simmons (Angels)
AL 3B: Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays)
AL LF: Mitch Haniger (Mariners)
AL CF: Kevin Pillar (Blue Jays/Astros)
AL RF: Mookie Betts (Red Sox)

NL P: Tyler Anderson (Rockies)
NL C: Chris Stewart (Pirates)
NL 1B: Brandon Belt (Giants)
NL 2B: Kolten Wong (Cardinals)
NL SS: Brandon Crawford (Giants)
NL 3B: Nolan Arendao (Rockies)
NL LF: Randal Grichuk (Cardinals)
NL CF: Billy Hamilton (Reds)
NL RF: Jason Heyward (Cubs)

November 13th: The Mariano Rivera/Trevor Hoffman Awards announced

The Mariano Rivera Award winner is Matt Barnes of the Boston Red Sox. The runner ups are Ken Giles of the Astros and Cam Bedrosian of the Angels.

The Trevor Hoffman Award winner is AJ Ramos of the Marlins. The runner ups are Hector Nerris of the Phillies and Wade Davis of the Cubs.


November 14th: the Silver Slugger Awards are announced.

AL C: Gary Sanchez (Yankees) .278/.338/.596, 44 HR, 109 RBI, 5.2 WAR
AL 1B: Carlos Santana (Indians) .271/.394/.537, 39 HR, 115 RBI, 4.8 WAR
AL 2B: Roughned Odor (Rangers) .299/.327/.549, 40 HR, 126 RBI, 4.0 WAR
AL SS: Francisco Lindor (Indians) .319/.385.574, 39 HR, 136 RBI, 9.1 WAR
AL 3B: Miguel Sano (Twins) .268/.382/.624, 58 HR, 139 RBI, 7.2 WAR
AL LF: Khris Davis (A’s) .294/.361/.565, 38 HR, 109 RBI, 4.6 WAR
AL CF: Mike Trout (Angels) .285/.420/.521, 28 HR, 82 RBI, 5.6 WAR
AL RF: Aaron Judge (Yankees) .312/.394/.660, 54 HR, 124 RBI, 7.4 WAR
AL DH: Edwin Encarnacion (Indians/Blue Jays) .265/.334/.551, 47 HR, 125 RBI, 3.7 WAR

NL P: Madison Bumgarner (Giants) .262/.324/.426, 3 HR, 9 RBI, -0.1 WAR
NL C: Buster Posey (Giants) .295/.376/.509, 25 HR, 99 RBI, 5.6 WAR
NL 1B: Anthony Rizzo (Cubs) .299/.405/.597, 43 HR, 126 RBI, 6.6 WAR
NL 2B: Daniel Murphy (Nationals) .343/.380/.560, 20 HR, 79 RBI, 4.9 WAR
NL SS: Corey Seager (Dodgers) .335/.384/.572, 32 HR, 102 RBI, 8.0 WAR
NL 3B: Kris Bryant (Cubs) .285/.380/.591, 54 HR, 132 RBI, 8.3 WAR
NL LF: Yoenis Cespedes (Mets) .325/.372/.606, 31 HR, 102 RBI, 4.4 WAR
NL CF: Michael Conforto (Mets).311/.401/.576, 31 HR, 109 RBI, 6.6 WAR
NL RF: Bryce Harper (Nationals) .289/.416/.556, 39 HR, 113 RBI, 5.8 WAR


November 15th: The Rookie of the Year Awards are announced.

The American League RoY is Aaron Judge of the Yankees. The runners up are Andrew Benitendi of the Red Sox and Yulieski Gurriel of the Astros.

The National League RoY is Josh Bell of the Pirates. The runners up are Andrew Toles of the Dodgers and Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers.

Novemer 16th: The Rockies trade RP Adam Ottavino to the Boston Red Sox for prospects INF Tyler Freeman, 3B Caleb Hicks, Donta Williams, and Matt McLean.


November 17th: The Cy Young Award winners are announced:

American League: Luis Severino of the Yankees is the 2017 AL Cy Young. The runners up are Chris Sale of Boston and Francisco Liriano of the Blue Jays.

National League: Jacob Degrom of the Mets is the 2017 NL Cy Young. The runners up are Noah Syndergaard of the Mets (despite missing the last 6 weeks of the season) and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers.


November 18th: The MVP Awards are announced:

American League: In a shocker, Luis Severino of the Yankees is the 2017 AL MVP. The runners up are Aaron Judge of the Yankees and Miguel Sano of the Twins. *I am shocked that Francisco Lindor did not win after leading MLB in WAR and winning silver slugger and Gold Glove at Short*

National League: Kris Bryant of the Cubs is the 2017 NL MVP. The runners up are Jacob DeGrom of the Mets and Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs.

November 24th: The Yankees trade 2B Rob Refsynder to the Mariners for OF Guilermo Heredia. The Yankees then trade OF Guillermo Heredia, INF Jorge Mateo, SP Chance Adams, and RP James Reeves to the Pittsburgh Pirates for RHP Gerrit Cole.

November 25th: Masahiro Tanaka is extended a qualifying offer.

November 26th: Masahiro Tanaka has declined the qualifying offer.

November 27th: Free Agency opens
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OFFSEASON Part 2 (Free agency – Rule V Draft)

November 27th: Free Agency opens. INF Adeiny Hechavarria is offered a 1-year contract worth $1.1 million. Yankees offer LHP reliever Juan Vargas from Cuba a 5-year contract worth $22.4 million. RHP Wade Davis is offered a 4-year contract worth $60 million with an opt-out after 2 years.

December 6th: Yankees offer minor league contract to Cuban 1B Estaban Magallon.

December 7th: Wade Davis signs with the Yankees. Due to the qualifying offer on Davis, the Yankees give up their 1st round pick, 30th overall.

December 8th: Masahiro Tanaka signs a 6-year deal worth $147 million with an opt-out after four years with the San Francisco Giants. The Yankees receive a compensation pick in the supplemental part of the first round.

December 12th: Adeiny Hechavarria signs with the Yankees. Chasen Shreve is designated for assignment.

December 13th: The Yankees traded SP Luis Cessa to the New York Mets for minor league RHP Luis Ramon Silva.

December 15th: Juan Vargas signs with the Yankees. Chasen Shreve has been claimed off waivers by the San Diego Padres. The Yankees offer Francisco Liriano a 1-year deal worth $25 million.

December 19th: The Rule V draft. The Yankees neither pick anybody, nor do they lose anybody.


FREE AGENT SIGNINGS IN THIS PERIOD
LHP Chris Capuano (Phillies) 1-year worth $1 million
LF Will Venable (Red Sox) 1-year worth $1 million
RHP Alex White (Phillies) 2-year worth $1.4 million
RHP Arnold Leon (Tigers) 2-year worth $1.8 million
RHP Yoshihisa Hirano (Giants) 3-year worth $12.8 million
LHP Thomas Shirley (Giants) 2-year worth $2.1 million
LF Trayvon Robinson (Boston) 2-year worth $1.6 million
LHP Derek Holland (Rockies) 1-year worth $790,000
LF Wladimir Balentien (Padres) 2-year worth $25 million
1B John Mayberry Jr (Cardinals) 2-year worth $2 million
RHP Wade Davis (Yankees) 4-year worth $60 million
RHP Seung-hwan Oh (Blue Jays) 2-year worth $26.6 million
RHP Yohan Pino (Tigers) 1-year worth $590,000
RHP Jake Arrieta (Cubs) 2-year worth $48 million
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (Giants) 6-year worth $146 million
OF Andrew McCutchen (Blue Jays) 5-year worth $70 million
LHP Charlie Leesman (Twins) 2-year worth $1.5 million
RHP Eddie Gamboa (Diamondbacks) 1-year worth $780,000
RHP Sergio Romo (Cubs) 2-year worth $9.7 million
RHP Kyle Drabek (Pirates) 2-year worth $1.4 million
RHP Jason Grilli (Rockies) 1-year worth $2.5 million
RF Wily Mo Pena (Red Sox) 1-year worth $920,000
SS Hayato Sakamoto (Pirates) 7-year worth $63 million
2B Brandon Phillips (Tigers) 1-year worth $960,000
LF Franklin Gutierrez (Nationals) 2-year worth $22 million
C Kurt Suzuki (Nationals) 2-year worth $10 million
RHP Johnny Cueto (Orioles) 4-year worth $99.6 million
RF Lonnie Chisenhall (Tigers) 1-year worth $1 million
OF Jarrod Dyson (A’s) 2-year worth $12 million
RHP Michael Pineda (Angels) 2-year worth $24.5 million
RHP Craig Kimbrel (Nationals) 3-year worth $37 million
SS Adeiny Hechavarria (Yankees) 1-year worth $1.1 million
RHP John Lackey (Cubs) 2-year worth $31.6 million
OF Cameron Maybin (Pirates) 2-year worth $5 million
RHP Tim Dillard (Padres) 1-year worth $630,000
RHP Eddie Butler (Tigers) 1-year worth $630,000
Matt Holiday (Red Sox) 2-year worth $18.2 million
RHP Scott Feldman (Mets) 1-year worth $2 million
RHP Stephen Fife (Nationals) 1-year worth $760,000
RHP Josh Smith (Blue Jays) 1-year worth $760,000
RHP AJ Griffin (Red Sox) 1-year worth $700,000
RHP Jake Esch (Tigers) 1-year worth $590,000
RHP Connor Sadzeck (Blue Jays) 1-year worth $670,000
RHP Francisco Rodriguez (Cubs) 2-year worth $19.8 million
LHP Joe Thatcher (Twins) 1-year worth $1.2 million
LF Seth Smith (Giants) 1-year worth $2.7 million
RHP Andrew Cashner (Astros) 1-year worth $1.4 million
RHP Tyson Ross (Cubs) 1-year worth $6 million
RHP Jordan Walden (Phillies) 3-year worth $9.8 million
RHP Steve Cishek (Dodgers) 2-year worth $16.2 million
RHP Bryan Shaw (White Sox) 3-year worth $13 million
RHP Koji Uehara (Rangers) 1-year worth $9 million
RHP Brooks Poundera (Reds) 1-year worth $690,000
RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (Giants) 2-year worth $18 million
RHP Matt Koch (Tigers) 1-year worth $630,000
LHP Juan Vargas (Yankees) 5-year worth $22.4 million
LHP Boone Logan (Red Sox) 2-year worth $6.9 million
RHP Josh Collmenter (Diamondbacks) 1-year worth $535,000
RF JD Martinez (Astros) 3-year worth $21.9 million
RHP Brandon Kintzler (Blue Jays) 3-year worth $30.9 million
RHP Pat Neshek (Blue Jays) 2-year worth $6.8 million
1B John Jaso (A’s) 1-year worth $870,000
SS Jordy Mercer (Orioles) 1-year worth $1 million
3B Mike Moustakas (Padres) 2-year worth $10 million
UTI Dustin Ackley (Rockies) 3-year worth $12 million
RHP Bartolo Colon (A’s) 1-year worth $910,000
OF Angel Pagan (Pirates) 1-year worth $1 million
RHP Jesse Chavez (Padres) 1-year worth $820,000
LHP Tony Watson (Angels) 3-year worth $11.7 million
OF Rickie Weeks Jr (Phillies) 1-year worth $910,000

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OFFSEASON PART 3 (Rule V – January 1st)

December 27th: The New York Yankees trade 1B/OF Tyler Austin and minor league INF Nick Allen to the Oakland A’s for RHP Daniel Gossett and catching prospect Sean Murphy.

January 1st: Francisco Liriano signs with the Yankees.

FREE AGENT SIGNINGS DURING THIS PERIOD:
RHP Anibal Sanchez (Padres) 1-year worth $1 million
RHP Mike Pelfry (Angels) 1-year worth $3 million
OF Colby Rasmus (Phillies) 1-year worth $1.5 million
RHP Drew Hutchison (Pirates) 1-year worth $920.000
LHP Nick Greenwood (Mets) 2-year worth $2 million
OF Nori Aoki (Mariners) 1-year worth $1.2 million
RHP Jeanmar Gomez (Mets) 2-year worth $18.9 million
1B Mitch Moreland (Rockies) 1-year worth $1 million
RHP Luke Gregorson (Dodgers) 3-year worth $27 million
RHP Jeremy Kerht (Red Sox) 2-year worth $1.6 million
RHP Matt Garza (Cubs) 2-year worth $6.8 million
RHP Jerry Blevins (Cubs) 2-year worth $8.8 million
C Alex Avila (Diamondbacks) 1-year worth $1 million
RHP RA Dickey (Mariners) 1-year worth $3.2 million
C Chris Iannetta (White Sox) 2-year worth $9.2 million
LHP Clayton Richard (Pirates) 1-year worth $1.9 million
1B Yonder Alonso (Mets) 2-year worth $6.1 million
RHP Greg Holland (Dodgers) 3-year worth $19.5 million
RHP Taylor Jordan (Tigers) 1-year worth $590,000
OF Chris Young (Blue Jays) 2-year worth $10.6 million
SS Danny Espinosa (Royals) 2-yearworth $4.3 million
RHP Drew Storen (Rays) 3-year worth $18 million
LHP Francisco Liriano (Yankees) 1-year worth $24 million


HOW THE 40-MAN ROSTER STANDS AT THE MOMENT:
C: Gary Sanchez
C: Austin Romine
C: Tony Wolters
C: Kyle HIgashioka
1B: Greg Bird
1B: Luke Voit
2B: Ronald Torreyes
2B: Gleyber Torres
2B: Abiatal Avelino
SS: Didi Gregorius
SS: Adeiny Hechavarria
3B: JT Riddle
3B: Miguel Andujar
OF: Raimel Tapia
OF: Brett Gardner
OF: Dustin Fowler
OF: Ian Happ
OF: Aaron Hicks
OF: Aaron Judge

SP: Luis Severino
SP: Gerrit Cole
SP: Francisco Liriano
SP: Jordan Montgomery
SP: Erick Fedde
SP: Justus Sheffield
RP: Dellin Betances
RP: Zach Britton
RP: Wade Davis
RP: Carlos Estevez
RP: Domingo German
RP: Koda Glover
RP: Chad Green
RP: Brad Hand
RP: Jonathan Holder
RP: Zach Putnam
RP: David Robertson
RP: Paco Rodriguez
RP: Juan Vargas
RP: Tyler Webb
RP: Aroldis Chapman
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OFFSEASON PART 4 (January 1st – Hall of Fame Class)

January 17: 2018 Hall of Fame class is announced: Atlanta 3B Chipper Jones and Padres CL Trevor Hoffman are this year’s inductees. Nobody else received even 60% of the vote.


FREE AGENT SIGNINGS DURING THIS PERIOD:
OF Melvin Upton Jr. (White Sox) 1-year worth $1 million
C Miguel Montero (Royals) 1-year worth $2 million
RHP Marco Estrada (Pirates) 2-year worth $27 million
LHP Jeff Locke (Red Sox) 1-year worth $900,000
2B Cesar Hernandez (A’s) 1-year worth $920,000
OF Curtis Granderson (Indians) 2-year worth $7.8 milion
RHP Dillon Gee (Blue Jays) 1-year worth $920,000
RHP Jonathan Broxton (Nationals) 2-year worth $8 million
RHP Addison Reed (Astros) 3-year worth $38.4 million
RHP Wily Peralta (A’s) 1-year worth $810,000
RHP Fernando Rodney (Angels) 1-year worth $4.8 million
RHP John Axford (Nationals) 3-year worth $13.8 million
OF Jon Jay (Blue Jays) 2-year worth $7.6 million
RHP Edwin Jackson (Dodgers) 1-year worth $880,000
OF Melky Cabrera (Dodgers) 4-year worth $31.2 million
RHP AJ Schugel (White Sox) 2-year worth $4.3 million
OF Ryan Raburn (Pirates) 1-year worth $1.2 million
LHP John Danks (Rockies) 1-year worth $750,000
RHP Jeremy Hellickson (Rangers) 2-year worth $8.4 million
LHP Felix Doubront (Rangers) 1-year worth $730,000
RHP Roberto H. Hernandez (White Sox) 1-year worth $790,000
LHP Glen Perkins (A’s) 1-year worth $810.000
RHP Yusmeiro Petit (Indians) 1-year worth $710,000
LHP Matt Purke (White Sox) 1-year worth $560,000
LHP JP Howell (Rangers) 2-year worth $5.4 million
RHP Mike Bolsinger (Royals) 1-year worth $610,000
RHP Huston Street (Phillies) 1-year worth $910,000
2B Stephen Drew (Royals) 1-year worth $1.6 miillion
RHP Joe Smith (White Sox) 1-year worth $1.6 million
OF Chris Coghlan (Rockies) 1-year worth $4.4 million
OF Carlos Gonzalez (Mets) 2-year worth $18.4 million
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OFFSEASON PART 5 (Preseason-Spring Training)

February 2nd: INF Leury Garcia, C/RP Christian Betancourt, UTI Whit Merrifield, and RP Reymin Guduan sign minor league contracts with invites to spring training.

FREE AGENT SIGNINGS DURING THIS PERIOD:
OF Gregor Blanco (Cardinals) 1-year worth $1.4 million
RHP Joe Blanton (Dodgers) 1-year worth $2 million
RHP Joaquin Benoit (Cardinals) 1-year worth $2.2 million
RHP Matt Belisle (Cubs) 1-year worth $2.1 million
2B Ian Kinsler (Phillies) 2-year worth $14 million
RHP Tommy Hunter (Diamondbacks) 1-year worth $2 million
RHP Yu Darvish (Cardinals) 2-year worth $37.2 million
OF David Murphy (White Sox) 1-year worth $830,000
OF Andre Ethier (Cardinals) 1-year worth $4.8 million
RHP Tyler Clippard (A’s) 1-year worth $2.6 million
OF Shane Robinson (White Sox) 1-year worth $650,000
2B Brett Lawrie (Diamondbacks) 1-year worth $840,000
RHP Sean O’Sullivan (White Sox) 1-yearworth $790,000
LHP Travis Wood (Rays) 3-year worth $8.1 million


SPRING TRAINING
For spring training, I’m not going to do a game-by-game analysis like I do during the regular season. I will give bi-weekly updates on positional battles, any significant performances, and injury updates.


Key positional battles:
Backup catcher: Austin Romine, Tony Wolters, Kyle HIgashioka
1B: Luke Voit, Greg Bird
2B: Ronald Torreyes, Gleyber Torres
3B: JT Riddle, Miguel Andujar
Last spot in the bullpen: any pitcher with options remaining


Top prospects on spring training roster:
C Sam McMillan
2B Gleyber Torres
3B Miguel Andujar
OF Estevan Florial
OF Everson Pereira
INF Mikey Polansky
INF Wilkermann Garcia
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SPRING TRAINING PART 1 (February 26 – March 10)

Injury Updates:
March 2: Brett Gardner out with a hamstring strain. He is expected to miss 4 weeks.

POSITIONAL BATTLES

First Base: Greg Bird vs. Luke Voit

Greg Bird: 1-for-9, 1 HR, 1 BB
Luke Voit: 3-for-11, 1 HR, 3 BB

So far, Voit is winning this battle handedly. Admittedly, however, this is a very small sample size. This battle will likely go down to the wire and will pick up speed as the spring training roster is slowly trimmed.


Second Base: Ronald Torreyes vs. Gleyber Torres

Ronald Torreyes: 1-10, 1 2B, 1 K, 2 BB
Gleyber Torres: 3-for-15, 1 2B, 5 K, 2 BB

Neither seems to be taking hold of the job, opening up the door for a third player to come into the battle if neither begins to heat up. Given his performance last year, this job is Torreyes’s to lose, although even if Torres doesn’t start with the big league roster don’t be surprised to see him eventually take the job in 2018.


Third Base: Miguel Andujar vs. JT Riddle

JT Riddle: 3-for-15, 1 2B, 6 K, 2 BB
Miguel Andujar: 3-for-17, 2 HR, 6 K, 2 BB

This is a battle where I wish that the game tracked defensive stats in spring training. Miggy has a much higher ceiling at the plate than Riddle, but Riddle is the far superior defender. Another battle that will likely go down to the final cuts, neither appears to have the upper hand at the moment.



BULLPEN STATS
Aroldis Chapman: 3 IP, 3.00 ERA, 7 K, 1 BB, 0.0 WAR
Zach Britton 2.2 IP, 10.13 ERA, 1 K, 1 BB, 0.0 WAR
David Berg 2.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 2 K, 1 BB, 0.0 WAR
Dellin Betances 3.0 IP, 3.00 ERA, 4 K, 1 BB, 0.1 WAR
Christian Bethancourt 2.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0 K, 2 BB, 0.0 WAR
Wade Davis 3.0 IP, 3.00 ERA, 6 K, 1 BB, 0.2 ERA
Carlos Estevez 3.0 IP, 3.00 ERA, 4 K, 1 BB, 0.1 WAR
Domingo German 3.0 IP, 24.00 ERA, 5 K, 4 BB, -0.3 WAR
Koda Glover 3.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 6 K, 1 BB, 0.2 WAR
Chad Green 3.1 IP, 2.70 ERA, 8 K, 2 BB, 0.0 WAR
Brad Hand 2.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 3 K, 2 BB, 0.0 WAR
Ben Heller 3.0 IP, 3.00 ERA, 3 K, 4 BB, -0.2 WAR
Jonathan Holder 3.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 4 K, 2 BB, 0.1 WAR
Zach Putnam 3.0 IP, 12.00 ERA, 7 K, 2 BB, -0.1 WAR
David Robertson 3.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 7 K, 0 BB, 0.2 WAR
Paco Rodriguez 2.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1 K, 2 BB, 0.0 WAR
Nick Rumblelow 2.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 2 K, 0 BB, 0.1 WAR
Juan Vargas 3.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 8 K, 0 BB, 0.2 WAR
Tyler Webb 3.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 3 K, 2 BB, 0.0 WAR


People in the bullpen that are guaranteed spots due to contract and/or past success: Chapman, Betances, Britton, Robertson, Davis. So far, Dellin and Robertson appear to be past the yips they got last year when their BB/9 jumped several points in the last 2 months of the season. Britton has struggled, but it’s a small enough sample size to not be too concerned at the moment.

Leaders for the remaining bullpen spots at the moment: Green, Holder, Hand, Glover. Glover and Hand appear to be picking up where they left off last year. Holder continues to impress after an excellent rookie season. Meanwhile, Green appears to have recovered nicely from the shoulder inflammation that cost him the last few months of 2017.

Name to watch: Juan Vargas. The low-key signing out of Cuba has proven to be a strikeout machine this spring. Although it make take some roster maneuvering due to lack of option years remaining on some relievers, he might sneak his way onto the Opening Day roster, despite my personal tendency to let international established free agent relievers start in AAA to give them a bit of a track record before having them making their Major League debuts.



PROSPECT REPORT (except for those mentioned in position battles)
C Sam McMillan (1-for-7, 2 K)

Sam has struggled at the plate, which makes sense considering he’s 19 and hasn’t played full-season ball yet. He’s shown just how advanced he is defensively, however, throwing out several runners already in 15 innings behind the plate.

OF Estevan Florial (4-for-13, 5 K, 0 BB)
Estevan hasn’t managed to show off his power potential yet, as all 4 of his hits are singles. However, he has not looked overmatched at the plate, which is a positive sign from somebody who turned 20 during the offseason and struggled in his first action in full-season ball at the end of 2017.

OF Everson Pereira (3-for-17, 1 2B, 6 K)
Everson is still 16 years old, turning 17 April 10th. The fact that he’s already *at* spring training is a testament to his potential. Sure, he hasn’t done very well at the plate yet, but his elite potential on defense has been on display all spring.

INF Mikey Polansky (3-for-14, 5 K, 2 BB)
To be completely honest here, Polansky is here to get a head start at learning 1B. The Yankees want him spending time at both positions in the minors, as they believe he can be either an above-average 3B or a Gold-Glove 1B and that his bat has the potential to play up at both positions.

INF Wilkermann Garcia (4-for-17, 1 2B, 5 K)
Garcia has done adequately in his limited innings in spring training so far. Yankees officials would love to see him cut down his strikeouts, as his power potential is limited. He is spending innings at 2B during the spring.




First round of cuts:
Domingo German
Domingo Acevedo
Whit Merrifield

The spring training roster now stands at 55 (29 position players, 26 pitchers) with 3 weeks to go. The next update will be Tuesday, March 20.
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SPRING TRAINING PART 1 (March 11 – March 20)

Injury Updates:
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POSITIONAL BATTLES

First Base: Greg Bird vs. Luke Voit

Greg Bird: 8-for-31, 3 HR, 3 BB
Luke Voit: 7-for-25, 1 HR, 7 BB

In recent weeks, Greg Bird has caught up to Luke Voit. At the moment, Voit has the higher batting average and OBP, but Bird has the significantly higher slugging percentage. This battle looks to come down to final cuts.


Second Base: Ronald Torreyes vs. Gleyber Torres

Ronald Torreyes: 9-25, 5 2B, 2 K, 3 BB
Gleyber Torres: 8-for-32, 3 2B, 8 K, 4 BB

In the past ten days Ronald Torreyes has taken a hold of this job. Gleyber still has time to close the gap, but it is looking more and more likely that the top prospect will be starting2018 in AAA Scranton.


Third Base: Miguel Andujar vs. JT Riddle

JT Riddle: 13-for-32, 3 2B, 1 HR, 8 K, 6 BB
Miguel Andujar: 8-for-37, 1 2B, 3 HR, 10 K, 3BB

JT Riddle has gone on another one of his signature tears this week. The fact that this streakiness is so typical of him is why he hasn’t taken the job already. Ultimately, this decision might come down to whether the Yankees prefer the streakiness of Riddle or the consistency of Andujar at the plate.



BULLPEN STATS
Aroldis Chapman: 6 IP, 1.5 0 ERA, 10 K, 2 BB
Zach Britton 4.2 IP, 5.79 ERA, 4 K, 2 BB
David Berg 4.2 IP, 3.86 ERA, 6 K, 3 BB
Dellin Betances 6.0 IP, 3.00 ERA, 7 K, 2 BB
Christian Bethancourt 3.1 IP, 13.50 ERA, 3 K, 2 BB
Wade Davis 5.0 IP, 3.60 ERA, 10 K, 2 BB
Carlos Estevez 5.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 4 K, 2 BB
Domingo German 3.0 IP, 24.00 ERA, 5 K, 4 BB
Koda Glover 5.0 IP, 7.20 ERA, 9 K, 1 BB
Chad Green 5.1 IP, 1.69 ERA, 11 K, 2 BB
Brad Hand 5.2 IP, 1.59 ERA, 6 K, 3 BB
Ben Heller 6.0 IP, 1.50 ERA, 10 K, 5 BB
Jonathan Holder 6.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 8 K, 3 BB
Zach Putnam 6.0 IP, 12.00 ERA, 7 12 K, 6 BB
David Robertson 6.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 13 K, 3 BB
Paco Rodriguez 4.1 IP, 10.38 ERA, 4 K, 4 BB
Nick Rumblelow 4.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 6 K, 2 BB
Juan Vargas 6.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 12 K, 2 BB
Tyler Webb 5.0 IP, 1.80 ERA, 6 K, 2 BB


Juan Vargas continues to make a case for his inclusion on the Opening Day roster. Koda Glover has also been dominate, with the exception of one bad outing (gotta love small sampe sizes).



PROSPECT REPORT (except for those mentioned in position battles)
C Sam McMillan (3-for-13, 4 K)

Sam has put the ball in play a bit more over the last few games, but his time in big league camp is coming to a close. He will start the year in Short-A Staten Island.

OF Estevan Florial (11-for-26, 1 2B, 1 HR, 7 K, 0 BB)
Estevan has begun to show why he’s so highly regarded by the Yankee organization. He’s cut down on his strikeout rate throughout the spring and even showed a bit of his power potential.

OF Everson Pereira (5-for-30, 1 2B, 8 K)
Everson’s struggles this spring have continued. Given that he’s not even 17 yet, there is still a long time for his tools to develops.

INF Mikey Polansky (6-for-24, 8 K, 2 BB)
He’s still here to learn 1B, to be completely honest.

INF Wilkermann Garcia (6-for-22, 1 2B, 6 K)
Garcia has continued to perform adequately in his limited innings this spring. He is spending much of his time at 2B.




Second round of cuts:
Sam McMillan (Staten Island)
David Fletcher (Scranton)
Abiatal Avelino (Trenton)
Everson Periera (Charleston)
Brennon Lund (Trenton)
Estevan Florial (Charleston)
Christian Bethancourt (Scranton)
David Bert (Trenton)

The spring training roster now stands at 47 (23 position players, 24 pitchers) with 3 weeks to go. The next update will be Opening Day, April 2.
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SPRING TRAINING PART 3 (March 21 - END)

Injury Updates:
none

POSITIONAL BATTLES

First Base: Greg Bird vs. Luke Voit

Greg Bird: 13-for-45, 5 HR, 11 BB
Luke Voit: 11-for-45, 1 HR, 9 BB

A late power surge by Greg Bird has earned him the Opening Day starting 1B job. Luke Voit will be optioned to AAA Scranton.


Second Base: Ronald Torreyes vs. Gleyber Torres

Ronald Torreyes: 15-for-41, 5 2B, 3 K, 4 BB
Gleyber Torres: 11-for-44, 4 2B, 2 HR, 12 K, 4 BB

Gleyber will be spending the first part of the 2018 season in AAA Scranton. Don’t expect him to be down for long, however, as he began to put things together late in spring training..


Third Base: Miguel Andujar vs. JT Riddle

JT Riddle: 19-for-50, 5 2B, 2 HR, 10 K, 10 BB
Miguel Andujar: 13-for-62, 1 2B, 3 HR, 18 K, 4 BB

JT Riddle will be the starting 3B Opening Day. However, Miguel Andujar has a chance to take the job if Riddle goes into another major slump and he’s hitting at AAA Scranton.





Final round of cuts:
Kyle Higashioka (Scranton)
Tony Wolters (Scranton)
Luke Voit (Scranton)
Thairo Estrada (Scranton)
Miguel Andujar (Scranton)
Mikey Polansky (Staten Island)
Wilkermann Garcia (Charleston)
Leury Garcia (Scranton)
Mark Payton (Scranton)
Julio Pablo Martinez (Scranton)
Dustin Fowler (Scranton)
Gleyber Torres (Scranton)
Erick Fedde (Trenton)
Justus Sheffield (Scranton)
Paco Rodriguez (Scranton)
Jorge Guzman (Charleston)
Daniel Gossett (Scranton)
Carlos Estevez (Scranton)
Ben Heller (Scranton)
Zach Putnam (Scranton)
Nick Rumblelow (Scranton)
Tyler Webb (Scranton)
Koda Glover (Scranton)
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2018 SEASON PREVIEW – PART 1

Starting Lineup:
LF Raimel Tapia
RF Aaron Judge
CF Aaron Hicks
C Gary Sanchez
SS Didi Gregorius
1B Greg Bird
2B Ronald Torreyes
DH Brett Gardner
3B JT Riddle

Bench
C Austin Romine
INF Adeiny Hechavarria
UTI Ian Happ

NOTE: Ian Happ will be used in a super-utility role and will likely be starting about 80% of the time.

Pitching Staff:
RHP Luis Severino
RHP Gerrit Cole
LHP Francisco Liriano
LHP Jordan Montgomery
LHP Aroldis Chapman
LHP Zach Britton
RHP Wade Davis
RHP Chad Green
LHP Juan Vargas
RHP Dellin Betances
RHP David Robertson
RHP Jonathan Holder
LHP Brad Hand



2018 Salary Breakdown:

Total Payroll: $136.2 million
Starting Lineup: $22.881 million
Bench: $2.522 million
Starting Rotation: $34.686 million
Bullpen: $68.272 million
Non-active roster: $7.368 million

Top Salaries:
Francisco Liriano - $24 million
Zach Britton - $15 million
Wade Davis - $15 million
Aroldis Chapman - $15 million
David Robertson - $13 million


Free Agents after 2018
Zach Britton
David Robertson
Francisco Liriano
Adeiny Hechavarria
Brett Gardner (team option for 2019)
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2018 SEASON PREVIEW – PART 2 (DOWN ON THE FARM)

With 4 prospects in the OSA Top 100 and 7 in the Top 200, the Yankees system is ranked 7th in the majors by OSA.

Top 20 Yankees prospects by OSA:

INF Gleyber Torres #1 Yankees, #2 overall
Contact 50/65, Gap Power 55/55, Power 50/60, Eye 45/50, Avoid K 45/50

Gleyber is an elite hitting prospect with extra-base power that could develop further as he gets older. He is mature for 21 years old and is expected to be making his Major League debut sometime during the 2018 season, most likely at 2B, where he projects as a top defender.

CF Everson Periera #2 Yankees #36 ovrall
Contact 45/65, Gap Power 45/60, Power 35/50, Eye 35/55, Avoid K 40/60

Everson has had a quick rise up the prospect rankings since signing with the Yankees during the 2017 international amateur free agent signing period. He projects as an top contact hitter with Gold-Glove defense in center. The Yankees have decided to start him in Single-A Charleston this season, and he has the potential to quickly rise through the system. There is a chance he debuts in 2019, but a 2020 arrival is significantly more likely.

RHP James Kaprieilan #3 Yankees #90 overall
Stuff 50/60, Movement 55/55, Control 45/55

The 24-year-old right hander hasn’t pitched since 2016 due to Tommy John Surgery and won’t return to action for another 3 weeks. He will begin 2018 at High-A Tampa, where he will look to rebuild his value. He is Rule V eligible after this season, so he will needed to be added to the 40-man roster or traded before then.

RHP Erick Fedde #4 Yankees #92 overall
Stuff 50/60, Movement 55/55, Control 55/60

The recently 25-year-old right hander acquired from the Nationals with Koda Glover last year will start the season at AA Trenton after an injury-plagued 2017. He boasts an elite slider and an above-average fastball, but a sub-par changeup may limit his potential. His ceiling is that of a mid-rotation starter, but a back-end innings eater is a more likely outcome.

RHP Domingo Acevedo #5 Yankees #134 overall
Stuff 50/65 Movement 50/55 Control 45/60

The 6’7” right-hander appears destined for the bullpen. His fastball is elite at 99 mph, but his slider is poor and his changeup undeveloped. A fly-ball pitcher, he might better save the Yankees as trade bait rather than on the Major League roster as he might be a poor fit for Yankee Stadium.

LHP Tanner Scott #6 Yankees #147 overall
Stuff 60/65, Movement 60/60, Control 35/40

The left-hander will start the season returning from a torn elbow ligament. Although he has 3 plus pitches (including an elite fastball), his lack of control likely makes him destined for the pen.

RHP Daniel Gossert #7 Yankees #194 overall
Stuff 55/60, Movement 60/60, Control 55/60

A jack-off-all-trades, master-of-none, Daniel is near the top of the list to be added to the Yankee rotation in the event of injury. As a ground-ball pitcher, he is a good fit for Yankee Stadium despite his lack of overpowering stuff.

INF Cooper Swanson #8 Yankees, unranked overall
Contact 40/55, Gap Power 40/60, Power 35/35, Eye 35/55, Avoid K 30/50

Cooper is an extremely polarizing prospect. Some around the league he has plus power potential, while others believe that his power has already maxed out at 19 years old. Defensively, he will likely need to move off shortstop as he rises through the system. However, he will not have the bat to play the corner infield if his power potential doesn’t develop.

RHP Domingo German #9 Yankees, unranked overall
Stuff 60/60, Movement 55/55, Control 55/55

Domingo made his Major League debut in 2017 to disastrous results. He will look to bounce back when the opportunity comes again in 2018, likely out of the bullpen. His fastball should play up better in the bullpen than in the rotation, although he can start in a pinch.

OF Dustin Fowler #10 Yankees, unranked overall
Contact 55/55, Gap Power 60/60, Power 50/50, Eye 35/35, Avoid K 50/50

Dustin is another guy who made his Major League debut in 2017 to mixed results. He is more than likely your prototypical league-average player – his plus outfield defense gives him a high floor, but his lack of a standout tool limits his ceiling. He will serve as outfield depth for the Yankees in 2018.

INF Abiatel Avelino #11 Yankees, unranked overall
Contact 55/55, Gap Power 50/50, Power 35/35, Eye 55/55, Avoid K 50/50

Abiatel is not likely to be a long-term starter for the Yankees. His ability to play every position adequately, however, makes him incredibly valuable off the bench. He will be starting 2018 at AA Trenton, but could make his Major League debut in September.

OF Juan Soto #12 Yankees, unranked overall
Contact 45/60, Gap Power 60/60, Power 35/55, Eye 35/55, Avoid K 40/50

Juan’s value is centered on his bat, although he’s not a liability as a corner outfielder. The 19-year-old lefty’s pull swing is perfect for Yankee Stadium. He will be starting 2018 in Charleston but could rise quickly to AA Trenton with a strong showing early in the year.

OF Julio Pablo Martinez #13 Yankees, unranked overall
Contact 50/50, Gap Power 50/55,Power 45/45, Eye 45/45, Avoid K 55/55

The 22-year-old lefty Is primarily AAA depth. He is not overwhelmed the plate and is a very good defensive outfielder.

OF Jeff Hendrix #14 Yankees, unranked overall
Contact 50/50, Gap Power 40/50, Power 25/25, Eye 50/50, Avoid K 50/50

Another minor league outfield depth piece.

INF Thairo Estrada #15 Yankees, unranked overall
Contact 55/55, Gap Power 45/45, Power 35/35, Eye 40/50, Avoid K 50/50

Thairo has a sufficient bat to start at the big-league level if he has to, although he will most likely be a defense-first utility infielder in the Majors. He could make his Yankee debut sometime in 2018, especially in the event of an injury.

LHP Justus Sheffield #16 Yankees, unranked overall
Stuff 55/65, Movement 55/55, Control 50/55

The 21-year-old lefty’s stock took a major hit in 2017. He will look to recover some of his value in 2018. If his slider develops as expected, however, Justus should at least be a multi-inning reliever.

3B Miguel Andujar #17 Yankees, unranked overall
Contact 50/55, Gap Power 60/60, Power 55/60, Eye 40/45, Avoid K 50/55

Miguel very nearly won the starting 3B job over JT Riddle in spring training, and very well could take the job before the season is up. His bat is certainly ready – his defense, however, leaves much to be desired. He will likely require a defensive replacement in close games.

RHP Austin DeCarr #18 Yankees, unranked overall
Stuff 50/55, Movement 50/55, Control 45/50

Austin has a plus fastball and changeup, but needs to develop his breaking ball in order to amount to anything more than a long reliever.

RHP Dillon Tate #19 Yankees, unranked overall
Stuff 45/55, Movement 50/55, Control 45/55

Dillon’s stock has dropped dramatically since being a top-5 pick of the Rangers several years ago. He is likely a back-end starter at this point.

OF Brennon Lund #20, unranked overall
Contact 50/55, Gap Power 55/55, Power 40/40, Eye 50/55, Avoid K 45/50

Brennon is another in a long line of very similar outfielders the Yankees have in the upper minors. Brennon’s leadership in the clubhouse separates him from the rest.


Other names to watch:

RHP Lincoln Henzman (Trenton)
The 22-year-old 23rd-round pick has made a quick rise through the organization. He could play a part in the Yankee bullpen in 2018.

C Sean Murphy (Tampa)
The elite defensive catcher with a decent bat could have a very long career behind the plate, and the Yankees view him as an excellent backup to the offense-first Gary Sanchez.

INF Oswaldo Cabrera (Tampa)
Oswaldo is only 19 and already at High-A Tampa. His bat plays in the middle infield and he could be a top defensive shortstop or a Gold Glove second baseman.

RHP Riley Pint (Charleston)
Riley will go as far as his pitches develop. His control, while not ideal for a starter, is adequate, while is movement is already at a big-league level. If his fastball and slider develop to their potential, he will have two elite pitches. At that point, whether he’s a starter or a reliever will depend entirely on the development of his changeup.

INF Nonnie Williams (Charleston)
Nonnie has the potential to be a top defensive infielder. Yankees scouts like his ability with the bat more than most.

OF Estevan Florial (Charleston)
Florial is already a top defender at all 3 outfield positions. If his contact and power potential continue to develop, he could be a 5-tool player.

INF Will Hoyle (Staten Island)
Will is a bat-first, defense-second infield prospect. He will never be a top defender, but his bat has the potential to make up for it.

C Sam McMillan (Staten Island)
Sam is an incredibly raw catcher with the potential to be above-average at and behind the plate.

INF Mikey Polansky (Staten Island)
Mikey has a lefty bat that could be perfect for Yankee Stadium if it develops as expected. He could be an above-average 3B or a Gold Glove 1B, defensively.

OF Kamron Fields (Pulaski)
Kamron is already an elite defender at 19 years old. His potential at the plate is centered on his power potential. If his power develops, he could be a top CF. If it doesn’t, he’s a 4th outfielder at best.
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WEEK OF APRIL 2ND

Tuesday April 3rd
St. Louis Cardinals 1, New York Yankees 7
WP: Luis Severino (1-0)
LP: Carlos Martinez (0-1)
SV: none

HR: Raimel Tapia 2 (2)
RBI: Raimel Tapia 5 (5), JT Riddle (2), Matt Adams (1)

Player of the Game: Raimel Tapia: 3-for 5, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R

NYY Pitching Line
Luis Severino 6.0 IP, 1 H, 9 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 1 ER
Brad Hand 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
Jonathan Holder 1.0 IP, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
Chad Green 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER


Thursday, April 5th
St. Louis 1, New York Yankees 9
WP: Gerrit Cole (1-0)
LP: Yu Darvish (0-1)
SV: none

HR Raimel Tapia (3), Aaron Judge (1), Ian Happ (1)
RBI: Raimel Tapia (6), Aaron Judge 2 (2), Aaron Hicks (1), Ian Happ 2 (2), Brett Gardner (1)

Player of the Game: Gerrit Cole (see line below)

NYY Pitching Line
Gerrit Cole 5.0 IP, 3 H, 9 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
Juan Vargas 1.0 IP, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
Wade Davis 1.0 IP, 0 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
David Robertson 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER (1 unearned)
Dellin Betances 1.0 IP, 1 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER


Saturday, April 7th
New York Yankees 4, Cleveland Indians 3
WP: Chad Green (1-0)
LP: Adam Plutko (0-1)
SV: Aroldis Chapman (1)

HR: Gary Sanchez (1), Greg Bird (1), Aaron Judge (2), Brandon Guyer (1)
RBI: Aaron Judge 2 (4), Gary Sanchez (1), Greg Bird (1), Brandon Guyer 2 (5), Francisco Mejia (2)

Player of the Game: Adam Plutko: 8.1IP, 6 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 3 HR, 4 ER

NYY Pitching Line:
Jordan Montgomery 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 2 ER
Chad Green 2.0 IP, 0 H, 5 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
Zach Britton 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
Wade Davis 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
Aroldis Chapman 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 HR,1 ER


TRANSACTION: OF Brett Gardner placed on 10-day DL with intercostal strain. He is expected to miss 2 weeks. 1B Luke Voit added to active roster.


Sunday, April 7th
New York Yankees 8, Cleveland Indians 2
WP: Francisco Liriano (1-0)
LP: Will Roberts (0-1)
SV: none

HR: Aaron Judge 2 (4), Jason Kipnis (3), Bradley Zimmer (1)
RBI: Raimel Tapia (7), Aaron Judge 5 (9), Greg Bird (2),Ian Happ (3), Bradley Zimmer (2), Jason Kipnis (1)

Player of the Game: Aaron Judge 3-for-5, 2 HR, 1 2B, 5 RBI, 3 R

NYY Pitching Line
Francisco Liriano 5.0 IP, 2 H, 3 K, 3 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
Juan Vargas 2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 1 ER
Jonathan Holder 1.0 IP, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
Brad Hand 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 1 ER


At the end of the first week, the Yankees are 4-0 and leading the AL East by one game over the 3-1 Tampa Bay Rays and 4-2 Boston Red Sox. The bullpen has a 1.69 ERA in 16 innings. They have not played any bullpen games this year.



Over the course of the season, I will be giving some stats updates from around the league. For the month of April, I will give career stats due to the limited sample size of April.


Stat-of-the-Week: Active HR Leaders
Miguel Cabrera (34) 481
Adrian Beltre (39) 449
Edwin Encarnacion (35) 358
Nelson Cruz (37) 330
Adrian Gonzalez (35) 329
Ryan Braun (34) 314
Matt Holliday (38) 309
Robinson Cano (35) 305
Jay Bruce (31) 272
Evan Longoria (32) 270
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WEEK OF APRIL 9TH

Monday April 9th
New York Yankees 1, Cleveland Indians 2
WP: Andrew Miller (1-0)
LP: Aroldis Chapman (0-1)
SV: none

HR: Greg Bird (2), Jay Bruce (2)
RBI: Greg Bird (3), Jay Bruce (4)

Player of the Game: Jay Bruce: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R, 2 K

NYY Pitching Line
Luis Severino 6.0 IP, 4 H, 9 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
Zach Britton 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
David Robertson 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
Aroldis Chapman 0.0 IP, 2 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 2 ER


Wednesday, April 11th
Tampa Bay Rays 4, New York Yankees 7
WP: Gerrit Cole (2-0)
LP: Blake Snell (1-1)
SV: Aroldis Chapman (2)

HR: Aaron Judge 2 (6), Didi Gregorius (1), Casey Gillaspie (2), Willy Adames (1), Wilson Ramos (3)
RBI: Aaron Judge 4 (13), Ian Happ (4), Didi Gregorius (1), Casey Gillaspie (3). Wilson Ramos (4), Marcell Ozuna (4), Willy Adames (2)

Player of the Game: Aaron Judge 3-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

NYY Pitching Line
Gerrit Cole 5.0 IP, 4 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 0 HR, 1 ER
Dellin Betances 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 1 ER
David Robertson 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 1 ER *removed due to injury
Chad Green 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 1 ER
Aroldis Chapman 1.0 IP, 0 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER


TRANSACTION: RP David Robertson placed on 10-day DL with elbow inflammation. He is expected to miss 1-2 weeks. RP Koda Glover added to active roster.


Thursday, April 12th
Tampa Bay Rays 2, New York Yankees 0
WP: Jaime Schultz (1-0)
LP: Jordan Montgomery (0-1)
SV: Alex Colome (3)

HR: Casey Gillaspie (3)
RBI: Casey Gillaspie (4), Kevin Kiermaier (2)

Player of the Game: Jaime Schultz: 5.0IP, 3 H, 6 K, 8 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER

NYY Pitching Line:
Jordan Montgomery 5.1 IP, 5 H, 8 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 2 ER
Wade Davis 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
Juan Vargas 1.0 IP, 0 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
Koda Glover 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER



Friday, April 13th
St. Louis Cardinals 5, New York Yankees 6
WP: Jonathan Holder (1-0)
LP: Alex Reyes (0-1)
SV: Aroldis Chapman (3)

HR: Gary Sanchez (2), Ian Happ (2)
RBI: Ian Happ 2 (6), Gary Sanchez 3 (4), Ronald Torreyes (1), Carson Kelly (1), Yunel Escobar (1), Matt Carpenter 3 (8)

Player of the Game: Ian Happ 3-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R

NYY Pitching Line
Francisco Liriano 3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HR, 5 ER
Jonathan Holder 4.0 IP, 4 H, 5 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
Zach Britton 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER *removed due to injury
Aroldis Chapman 1.1 IP, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER

TRANSACTION: RP Zach Britton placed on 10-day DL with a partially torn UCL. He is expected to miss the rest of the season. RP Zach Putnam added to active roster.


Saturday, April 14th
Boston Red Sox 4, New York Yankees 2
WP: Tyler Thornburg
LP: Chad Green 1-1
SV: Carson Smith (4)

HR: Greg Bird (3), Aaron Judge (7),
RBI: Aaron Judge (14), Greg Bird (4)

Player of the Game: Chris Sale 7.1 IP, 5 H, 10 K, 0 BB, 2 ER

NYY Pitching Line
Luis Severino 7.0 IP, 2 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 1 ER
Wade Davis 1.0 IP, 0 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
Chad Green 1.0 IP, 4 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HR, 3 ER


Sunday, April 15th
WP: David Price (3-0)
LP: Gerrit Cole (2-1)
SV: Carson Smith (5)

HR: Gary Sanchez (3), Greg Bird (4), Mookie Betts (1), Derek Dietrich (2)
RBI: Gary Sanchez 2 (6), Luke Voit (1), Greg Bird (5), Andrew Benintendi (13), Mookie Betts 2 (6), Derek Dietrich (7)

Player of the Game: David Price 6.0 IP, 8 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 3 ER

NYY Pitching Line
Gerrit Cole 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 4 ER
Juan Vargas 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 2 ER
Brad Hand 2.0 IP, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER

At the end of the second week, the Yankees are 6-4 and second in the AL East by 2 games over the 9-3 Boston Red Sox. The bullpen has a 3.13 ERA, good for 6th in the AL, in 37.1 innings. They have not played any bullpen games this year.




Stat-of-the-Week: Active Wins Leaders
John Lackey (39) 190
Justin Verlander (35) 183
Felix Hernandez (32) 168
Zach Grienke (34) 163
Jon Lester (34) 157
Cole Hamels (34) 147
Adam Wainwright (36) 147
Ervin Santana (35) 141
Max Scherzer (33) 141
Clayton Kershaw (30) 139
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WEEK OF APRIL 16TH

Monday April 9th
Boston Red Sox 4, New York Yankees 5
WP: Jordan Montgomery (1-1)
LP: Rick Porcello (1-2)
SV: Aroldis Chapman (4)

HR: Aaron Hicks (1), Gary Sanchez (4)
RBI: Aaron Judge (15), Aaron Hicks 2 (3), Gary Sanchez 2 (8), Andrew Benintendi (14), Mookie Betts (7), Hanley Ramirez (12)

Player of the Game: Aaron Hicks: 3-for-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 R

NYY Pitching Line
Jordan Montgomery 5.0 IP, 3 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 3 ER
Koda Glover 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
Dellin Betances 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 1 ER
Aroldis Chapman 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER


Tuesday, April 17th
Boston Red Sox 4, New York Yankees 7
WP: Chad Green (2-1)
LP: Drew Pomeranz (1-1)
SV: Wade Davis (1)

HR: Aaron Judge (8), Ian Happ (4), JT Riddle (1), Andrew Benintendi (5)
RBI: Aaron Judge 2 (17), Aaron Hicks (4), Ian Happ (7), Austin Romine (1), JT Riddle 2 (4), Xander Bogaerts (4), Andrew Benintendi (15), Mookie Betts (8), Jackie Bradley Jr. (6),

Player of the Game: Aaron Judge 1-for-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R, 2 K, 1 BB

NYY Pitching Line
Francisco Liriano 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HR, 2 ER
Chad Green 2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
Zach Putnam 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
Brad Hand 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 2 ER
Wade Davis 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER


Wednesday, April 18th BULLPEN GAME
New York Yankees 6, Baltimore Orioles 3
WP: Koda Glover (1-0)
LP: Mychal Givens (1-2)
SV: Aroldis Chapman (5)

HR: Aaron Hicks (2), Didi Gregorius (2), Clint Frazier (1)
RBI: Aaron Hicks 2 (6), Didi Gregorius 3 (4), Clint Frazier (1), Wellington Castillo (3), Chris Davis (1)

Player of the Game: Koda Glover: 5.0IP, 2 H, 5 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER

NYY Pitching Line:
Jonathan Holder 3.0 IP, 6 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 3 ER
Juan Vargas 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
Koda Glover 3.0 IP, 2 H, 5 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
Aroldis Chapman 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER

TRANSACTION: LF Brett Gardner activated from DL. 1B/DH Luke Voit optioned to AAA Scranton.

Thursday, April 19th
New York Yankees 4, Baltimore Orioles 1
WP: Luis Severino (2-0)
LP: Kevin Gadea (1-1)
SV: Aroldis Chapman (6)

HR: Aaron Judge (9), JT Riddle (2), Arismendy Alcantara (3)
RBI: Aaron Judge (18), Greg Bird (6), JT Riddle 2 (6), Arismendy Alcantara (6)

Player of the Game: Luis Severino (see line below)

NYY Pitching Line
Luis Severino 6.0 IP, 3 H, 6 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 1 ER
Wade Davis 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
Aroldis Chapman 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER



Friday, April 20th
New York Yankees 6, Baltimore Orioles 5
WP: Chad Green (3-1)
LP: Brad Brach (1-1)
SV: Zach Putnam (1)

HR: Gary Sanchez 2 (6), Aaron Judge (10), Clint Frazier (2)
RBI: Aaron Judge 2 (20), Gary Sanchez 3 (11), Clint Frazier (4), Anthony Santander 2 (5), Eduardo Escobar 2 (8)

Player of the Game: Gary Sanchez 2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI

NYY Pitching Line
Gerrit Cole 4.0 IP, 8 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 5 ER
Chad Green 3.0 IP, 2 H, 6 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
Dellin Betances 1.0 IP, 0 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
Zach Putnam 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER


Saturday, April 21st
WP: Juan Vargas (1-0)
LP: Chris Archer (0-2)
SV: Aroldis Chapman (7)

HR: Greg Bird (5)
RBI: Aaron Hick (7), Greg Bird (7)

Player of the Game: Chris Archer 8.0 IP, 8 H, 5 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 2 ER

NYY Pitching Line
Jordan Montgomery 5.0 IP, 4 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 1 ER
Juan Vargas 3.0 IP, 2 H, 5 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER
Aroldis Chapman 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER

TRANSACTION: RHP David Robertson activated from DL. RHP Zach Putnam optioned to AAA Scranton.


Sunday. April 22nd
New York Yankees 2, Tampa Bay Rays 6
WP: Blake Snell (2-1)
LP: David Robertson (0-1)
SV: none

HR: Greg Bird (6)
RBI: Greg Bird (8), Ian Happ (8), Casey Gillaspie (10), Willy Adames 4 (8), Carlos Asuaje (1)

Player of the Game: Willy Adames 3-for-4, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 1 R, 1 K

NYY Pitching Line
Francisco Liriano 5.0 IP, 2 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 0 HR, 1 ER
David Robertson 2.0 IP, 8 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 5 ER
Brad Hand 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 0 ER



Stat-of-the-Week: Active WAR Leaders
Albert Pujols (38) 83.9
Miguel Cabera (35) 80.1
Carlos Beltran (40) 67.6
Clayton Kershaw (30) 64.7
Adrian Beltre (39) 59.8
Matt Holliday (38) 59.3
Felix Hernandez (42) 59.2
Joey Votto (34) 56.3
Robinson Cano (35) 56.0
David Wright (35) 55.6

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Hey everyone. So due to time constraints, I’m going to be changing how I do these updates. Rather than going week-by-week and giving game-by-game updates (which takes up a lot of time), I’m going to do monthly update posts. I’ll give the roster updates and major events of the month at the top of these monthly reports, and then give the player stats and analysis from the month.

April 28th: RHP Wade Davis placed on 10-day DL for a torn UCL. He will miss at least 12 months. RHP Zach Putnam added to active roster.

April 29th: Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre gets his 3000th hit.

April 30th: Yankees RHP Luis Severino strikes out 18 in 8 innings versus the Milwaukee Brewers. In game, this is the record for a single game in the American League.

At the end of April, the Yankees are in first place in the AL East at 18-5, 4 ½ games above the 15-11 Boston Red Sox. The Yankees’ Pythagorean record is also 18-5. The Yankees are 2-0 in bullpen games this year.


TEAM STATS AND THEIR AL RANKING
Runs scored: 123 (T-3rd)
Batting Average: .262 (6th)
OBP: .321 (9th)
SLG: .515 (1st)
Hits: 206 (T-12th)
XBH: 92 (T-2nd)
HR: 52 (1st)
2B: 38 (T-9th)
3B: 2 (T-11th)
BB: 65 (14th)
K: 154 (1st)
SB: 1 (15th)

Runs allowed: 63rd (1st)
Starters ERA: 2.81 (1st)
Bullpen ERA: 2.58 (3rd)
Total ERA: 2.71 (1st)
K: 246 (1st)
BB: 48 (1st)
HR: 18 (1st)
AVG against: .218 (1st)
BABIP against: .297 (7th)

Offensively, the team is built around the long ball. If the game tracked the percentage of runs scored off HRs, it would probably be over 50%, maybe even 60%. The surprisingly-low strikeout rate is likely driven by the trio of Ronald Torreyes, JT Riddle, and Raimel Tapia, two of whom are almost exclusively singles hitters.

On the pitching side, the philosophy of strikeouts and ground balls seems to be working. Furthermore, limiting the starters to 2 times through the order has resulted in the near elimination of late-game blowups by tired starters, since they’re consistently leaving the game having thrown as few as 75 pitches. The BABIP against is about league-average, so the difference between BABIP and AVG against shows just how important the strikeout is to this pitching staff.


2018 ROSTER WITH STATS AND ANALYSIS

C: Gary Sanchez
19 G, 69 AB, .333 AVG, .439 OBP, .797 SLG, 23 H, 5 2B, 0 3B, 9 HR, 20 RBI, 12 K, 12 BB, 228 wRC+, 1.8 WAR

The Kraken has picked up where he left off, lowering his strikeout rate, doubling the walk total, and increasing the home run rate. Defensively, Gary has taken a major step forward. He has tripled his CS% to 62.5% so far, and is in the positive in the defensive metrics for the first time in his career. Will he be able to sustain this pace on both offense and defense the whole season? Probably not. But so far he’s been a major player to the Yankees hot start.

C: Austin Romine
4 G, 13 AB, .077 AVG, .143 OBP, .077 SLG, 1 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 BB, 0 WRC+, -0.1 WAR

To say Romine has struggled would be an understatement. Yes, it’s a small sample size, but he is certainly at risk to losing his job as the Yankees backup catcher – he’s not good enough defensively to keep a job being such a liability on offense.


1B Greg Bird
22 G, 84 AB, .190 AVG, .269 OBP, .500 SLG, 16 H, 5 2B, 0 3B, 7 HR, 10 RBI, 23 K, 9 BB, 97 wRC+, 0.1 WAR

Greg Bird has a ridiculous platoon split. His wRC+ drops from 125 against righties to 31 against lefties, and his AVG and OBP are over double against righties what they are against lefties. The Yankees are considering platooning him with a righty bat, possibly as a way to get INF prospect Miguel Andujar, who has been obliterating AAA pitching so far this year, at-bats at the big league level.


2B Ronald Torreyes
22 G, 82 AB, .305 AVG, .333 OBP, .341 SLG, 25 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 9 K, 4 BB, 86 wRC+, 0.3 WAR

Torreyes shows how just because somebody has a higher AVG doesn’t mean they are more effective at the plate. So far Torreyes is on pace for a fraction of the XBH despite being on pace for more hits than the previously year, which lowers his wRC+ by 20. With Gleyber Torres tearing up at AAA Scranton, don’t be surprised to see Torreyes lose his starting job in the near future.


SS Didi Gregorius
22 G, 80 AB, .237 AVG, .265 OBP, .412 SLG, 19 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 17 K, 3 BB, 80 wRC+, 0.5 WAR

Nobody could expect Didi to repeat his performance from the previous year. However, he’s more than regressed to the mean at the plate so far this year. However, his above-average defense at short is enough to keep him in the starting lineup – as well as the fact that the only real threat to take his job at short at the moment is Adeiny Hechavarria, who is a black hole at the plate. Didi’s the Yankee shortstop, for better or worse – the Yankees must hope that he regains some of his form from last year.

3B JT Riddle
20 G, 67 AB, .239 AVG, .320 OBP, .418 SLG, 16 H, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 12 K, 8 BB, 101 wRC+, 0.5 WAR

JT Riddle has been league-average at the plate. He’s had some hot streaks so far, and some cold streaks. Throughout it all, he has provided stellar defense at the hot corner. The day may come soon, however, where he winds up back in the minors or on the bench, as Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres loom in AAA Scranton awaiting their turn in the majors.

LF Raimel Tapia
21 G, 85 AB, .365 AVG, .389 OBP, .624 SLG, 31 H, 7 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 11 K, 2 BB, 174 wRC+, 1.0 WAR

Raimel has started off the year strong, despite being limited to DHing in most games so far this year due to a strained hamstring. His walk rate has dropped slightly, however, and in general could use some major improvement. Given his low strikeout rate and gap power, an increase in walk rate would make Raimel the ideal leadoff hitter. He will not likely sustain quite a high average, due to a ridiculous .371 BABIP, although his career BABIP has typically huddled around .340. When he returns to playing the field, he is expected to continue providing elite defense in left.

CF Aaron Hicks
21 G, 83 AB, .217 AVG, .278 OBP, .349 SLG, 18 H, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 17 K, 7 BB, 70 wRC+, -0.2 WAR

Aaron has struggled on both offense and defense so far in 2018. His walk rate has decreased, he’s getting fewer hits, and he’s hitting more singles than ever. Defensively, he’s a slightly below average defender in center. He needs to turn it around sooner rather than later or he risks losing his starting job to Ian Happ, Dustin Fowler, or Julio Pablo Martinez.


RF Aaron Judge
22 G, 86 AB, .349 AVG, .429 OBP, .942 SLG, 30 H, 3 2B, 16 HR, 33 RBI, 19 K, 11 BB, 250 wRC+, 1.9 WAR

Aaron, the April Player of the Month, has currently put himself into the AL MVP race with one of the best months I’ve ever seen in OOTP (seriously, only month I’ve seen better was by Bryce Harper in a postseason run in an old save – Bryce hit 11 HRs in the ALC alone and single handedly brought the team to the World Series). Will his average stay this high? Probably not. Will he continue hitting HRs at such as ridiculous rate? Probably not, although playing home games at Yankee Stadium certainly helps. But so far, as he goes on offense the Yankees go, and he has helped drive them to their 18-5 record.

OF Brett Gardner
9 G, 29 AB, .207 AVG, .250 OBP, .483 SLG, 6 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 6 K, 2 BB, 88 wRC+. 0.1 WAR

Brett, in what is likely his last season in a Yankee uniform, has been reduced to a platoon/4th outfielder role. He is limited to LF defensively, and his walk rate has decreased over the years. He can still produce when called upon – it’s just that the Yankees currently have better options for their starting lineup than the veteran lefty.


INF/OF Ian Hap
20 G, 73 AB, .192 AVG, .221 OBP, .425 SLG, 14 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 19 K, 3 BB, 66 wRC+, -0.1 WAR

Ian has struggled a bit in his new role as a super-utility guy off the bench. His power has certainly ticked up since last season. However, his walk rate is a quarter of what it was last year, and his strikeout rate has remained about 25%. Some positives, however: his BABIP is a lowly .180, which means there’s some element of bad luck to the youngster’s struggles so far; and defensively, Ian has positive marks at every position except for 3B and RF, where his low arm strength and lack of experience shows. There is still a lot of room for improvement, and at this point he’s too advanced to develop much further in the minors.

INF Adeiny Hechavarria
4 G, 9 AB, 3 H, 1 2B, 0 K, 1 BB, 0.1 WAR

Hech is mainly on the roster for his defensive prowess and is expected to see most of his time as a defensive replacement. He hasn’t played much yet, and part of that is Ian Happ spending much more time than expected in LF due to Raimel Tapia’s injury and JT Riddle winning the 3B job out of spring training. If Miguel Andujar becomes the everyday 3B at some point, expect Hech’s playing time to skyrocket.



RHP Luis Severino
6 G, 39.0 IP, 4-0, 0.92 ERA, 12.5 K/9, 0.2 BB/9, 0.5 HR/9, 0.56 WHIP, 521 ERA+, 55.9 GO%, 0.96 LI, 2.2 WAR

Sevy is the undisputed ace of the staff, and the “2 times through the order and go to the bullpen” strategy has certainly helped his stats significantly. I’ve been giving Sevy a little bit longer of a leash than the other starters – I’ll let him go through the 6th even if he’s already faced 18 hitters on the “pull him if someone gets on base plan” – but not trying to push him to go 7 or 8 innings has kept his ERA to a ridiculous level.


Gerrit Cole
5 G, 24.1 IP, 3-1, 4.07 ERA 8.5 K/9, 1.8 BB/9, 1.1 HR/9, 1.27 WHIP, 118 ERA+, 66.0 GO%, 0.93 LI, 0.5 WAR

The first-year Yankee is a prime example of the strikeout and groundball philosophy of the Yankees pitching staff. His longest outing so far this year has been 5.1 innings, so he doesn’t go deep into games by any stretch of the imagination. He’s been burned a bit by some bad luck, with a .329 BABIP against, so he should have some positive regression. More significant is that his strikeout rate has increased by over 3 strikeouts per 9 innings. Combined with his walk rate dropping slightly, his K/BB ratio has nearly doubled since 2017,


Jordan Montgomery
5 G, 25.1 IP, 2-1, 2.84 ERA, 9.9 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 0.7 HR/9, 1.11 WHIP, 169 ERA+, 54.8 GO%, 0.93 LI, 0.7 WAR

“Gumby” had somewhat of a breakout month this April. His HR/9 has dropped to slightly over a third of what it was last year, and his strikeout rate has increased by nearly 3 K/9. While I don’t quite see this level of production being sustainable, it is nice to see Gumby avoiding the sophomore slump so far. Surprisingly, he’s performed better at home than on the road, which is odd considering he’s a fly ball pitching in Yankee Stadium. His success the rest of the year will likely be determined by how much the home run rate regresses and whether this strikeout rate is a sign of things to come or merely a fluke.


Francisco Liriano
5 G, 22.0 IP, 2-0, 3.68 ERA, 5.7 K/9, 3.7 BB/9, 0.0 HR/9, 1.18 WHIP, 131 ERA+, 58.8 GO%, 1.11 LI, 0.5 WAR

The veteran left-hander doesn’t give very many innings. He doesn’t strike out many batters, and he walks a lot. Yet he still has still has put up numbers comparable to last year, when he finished 3rd in the AL Cy Young voting, and that’s because he is still keeping the ball on the ground. He is also really being helped by the Yankees strong bullpen, as he is oftentimes removed from games before opposing offenses are finish a rally against him.


Aroldis Chapman
10 G, 9.2 IP, 1-1, 8 SV, 2.79 ERA, 11.2 K/9, 3.7 BB/9, 0.9 HR/9, 172 ERA+, 37.5 GO%, 2.27 LI, 0.1 WAR

Chapman has picked up right where he left off last season. His walk rate has actually decreased since last season, although his strikeout rate has dropped by a similar margin as well. He’s mainly a 1-inning pitcher at this point, but that’s just fine as there are better options for multi-inning work in the Yankee bullpen. One interesting tidbit – although a very small sample size, Chapman has actually struggled against lefty batters this year – his only HR allowed was to a lefty, and he walks more and strikes out less compared to right-handed hitters. This will probably even out, but it’s still remarkable nonetheless.


Zach Britton
3 G, 2.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 2 K, 1 BB, 3 hits allowed, 0.1 WAR

Zach Britton is getting paid $15 million to pitch less than 3 innings. Remarkable, isn’t it? Zach tore his UCL in his third outing of the year, leaving the Yankees without their primary setup man for the 2018 season. On the positive side, this will mean he’ll go 2 full seasons without giving up a home run.


Wade Davis
8 G, 10 IP, 1 SV, 0.90 ERA, 13.5 K/9, 2.7 BB/9, 0.9 HR/9, 534 ERA+, 33.3 GO%, 1.25 LI, 0.3 WAR

Wade Davis is also getting paid $15 million to sit on the DL. Talk about bad luck. Before tearing his UCL getting out of a bases loaded, no-out jam against the Brewers, Davis was looking to be a bargain at $15 million/year. Davis was very good at getting batters to make soft contact and keeping the ball in the ballpark, and his strikeout rate was among the league’s best. He’ll look to come back strong in 2019.


Koda Glover
5 G, 8.0 IP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 12.4 K/9, 0.0 BB/9, 0.0 HR/9, 999 ERA+, 63.6 GO%, 0.92 Li, 0.4 WAR

Koda has found a niche in the Yankee bullpen as a multi-inning reliever. His walk and home run rates are certainly unsustainable, but the Yankees hope that his early season success is a sign of things to come for the young right-hander.

Brad Hand
8 G, 8.2 IP, 6.23 ERA, 6.2 K/9, 4.2 BB/9, 2.1 HR/9, 77 ERA+, 60.0 GO%, 0.69 LI, -0.2 WAR

Brad has fallen to the bottom of the Yankees bullpen hierarchy. His strikeout rate has cratered, and he’s still having problems with the long ball. If he doesn’t turn things around sooner rather than later, he could find himself elsewhere, as he is out of options and cannot be used as a long reliever.


Zach Putnam
2 G, 2.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0.1 WAR

Zach has found himself shuffled between Scranton and the majors due to injuries. The injuries to Davis and Britton have given him an opportunity to stick with the big league club for the forseeable future.

Jonathan Holder
6 G, 12.1 IP, 1-0. 3.65 ERA, 10.9 K/9. 0.00 BB/9, 1.5 HR/9, 132 ERA+, 57.9 GO%, 0.79 LI, 0.3 WAR

Holder is another one of the young Yankee relievers who’s found his niche in the multi-inning role. His luck so far this year has been remarkably bad, as his BABIP against is a ludicrous .438. He will always be prone to giving up home runs, but so long as they’re solo shots they shouldn’t be too big of an issue. With the injuries to Britton and Davis, Holder will be counted on more than ever to solidify the bullpen.

David Robertson
6 G, 7.2 IP, 0-1, 7.04 ERA, 11.7 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, 1.2 HR/9, 68 ERA+, 41.7 GO%, 1.11 LI, 0.1 WAR

David is an example of how small sample sizes are prone to skewed results. In his first action after returning from elbow inflammation, David gave up 5 of the 6 runs he’s given up this year on 8 straight singles with 2 outs. Now that he’s healthy again, the Yankees will look on him to once again anchor the Yankee bullpen as somebody who can both pitch in high-leverage spots and go multiple innings.


Dellin Betances
7 G, 7 IP, 1 SV, 2.57 ERA, 19.3 K/9, 6.4 BB/9, 1.3 HR/9, 187 ERA+, 66.7 GO%, 1.53 LI, 0.1 WAR

When Dellin’s on, he’s untouchable. When he’s not, he’ll walk everybody. So, the Yankees have to keep him on a very short leash and pull him at the first sign it’s one of those days he doesn’t have it. But when’s he’s on, he’s capable of shutting down even the most fearsome of lineups. The Yankees hope that he can put last year’s late-season struggles behind him, and continue being one of the most dominant relievers in baseball.


Juan Vargas
9 G, 16.0 IP, 1-0, 1.69 ERA, 11.3 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, 1.1 HR/9, 285 ERA+, 57.7 GO%, 0.96 LI, 0.3 WAR

The 26-year-old left-handed rookie from Cuba has taken New York by storm. He’s primarily been a multi-inning reliever, although expect to see him pitching in higher-leverage situations sooner rather than later. With Zach Britton a free agent after the season, the Yankees may have already found a replacement.

Chad Green
7 G, 11.1 IP, 3-1. 3.18 ERA, 15.9 K/9, 1.6 BB/9, 0.8 HR/9, 151 ERA+, 50.0 GO%, 1.37 LI, 0.4 WAR

Green has returned to being his old self after missing the last 4 months of 2017 with shoulder inflammation. He appears to have had a string of bad luck so far this year, with a BABIP against of .474. Already a key member of the Yankee pen, Green will likely be taking some of the setup work belonging to the injured Britton and Davis.



DOWN ON THE FARM
Several Yankees prospects at AAA Scranton are knocking on the door to the big leagues. INF Gleyber Torres is hitting .274, and 9 of his 20 hits have been for extra bases (4 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR). Miguel Andujar (.375 AVG, 9 2B, 2 HR) is proving to be a doubles machine in the middle of the order. Meanwhile, Julio Pablo Martinez is playing positive defense in center and producing some pop at the plate (3 HR, 3 3B, 191 OPS+) and could find himself a starting spot if Aaron Hicks continues to struggle. LHP Justus Sheffield (1.82 ERA) looks to restore his stock as a top prospect.


Top prospect Everson Pereira (36th overall) has struggled so far in his full-season debut at Single-A Charleston, although he just recently turned 17. RHP Kaprielian has found some success in his first few outings after returning from TJ surgery, although his strikeout rate is a ridiculously low 1.7 K/9. Meanwhile, RHP Domingo Acevedo has cut his walk rate in half at AA Trenton, although his lack of a third quality pitch likely makes him a future reliever at best.
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