C: Gary Sanchez: 2020 notes
For the 2nd year in a row hit as 2nd in all MLB for the Max highest Exit Velocity. Other then being hurt, has produced fine power numbers over his 4 seasons with increased ISO over 2017.
For 2021: I went back some time ago to get those numbers previously mentioned. Since 2019 there has been a decline, as an undrafted player, there is not much to live up to as he’s solely in the lineups for power.
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1B: Luke Voit: 2013 round 22 pick of STL; 2020 notes
It seems he may be able to sustain a high 350+ BABIP. Loved his XSLG in 221 AB’s.
For 2021: For a guy that spent so many years in the minors he is what he is as a HR producer for about 1 out of every 9 at bat. He’s an expert at in barrel in the zone as a big strong guy with lack of speed but can hit all over field.
2B: Tyler Wade: no 2020 notes
For 2021: I didn’t expect this guy to get in the rotation last yr but injuries helped his case. Not much of a hitter as he should platoon with Thairo Estrada. Estrada: Certainly was the hottest reserve in ST of 20′, as he’s hit 3 HR’s that I’m aware of. Fills in nicely in the infield especially at SS when needed.
UPDATE LeMahieu signed as he’ll play 2nd base.
2B: DJ LeMahieu 2009 2nd pick 30 of Cubs 2020 notes
He has improved his exit velocity, ISO, and is just hitting the ball hard with improvement over the last 5 years. His average exit velocity ranked 19t in MLB last year, so this was better then all of his previous yrs in Col. He has an established track record, and upped his hard contact last year, which was hopefully not only an outlier and still in the top compared to the other hard contact hitters in the league.
For 2021: He’s been solid in grapefruit league play with a .308 BA, also he is expected to get some time in at 1st and 3rd base because he can play.
3B: Gio Urshela: Not drafted been with Indians, and BJ’s. 2020 notes
Without a lot of history as a rookie, the kid shows a lot of slugging potential. He’s hitting the ball fairly hard with a launch angle comparable to some guys higher up in this order.
For 2021: His metrics sustained in short sample season, as he’s a sure handed fielder, solidified at the position with bat to ball skills.
SS: Gleyber Torres: Not drafted. Came up from Cubs A ball in 2014 2020 notes
Torres has put together 2 solid seasons and showed a lot of improvement over 2018 as he lowered his SO rate, while specializing in Homers.
For 2021: Graded out about last in some advanced metric categories last year, but should bounce back from the 157 pt. OPS drop.
LF: Clint Frazier no 2020 notes
For 2021: The crafty veteran gets pitchers to play into his crushing the ball along with a %16 walk rate and low chase rate. Having a more then solid ST, he could easily hit 30 homers or be a risk if drafting him to high. There is depth here to challenge if pitchers figure him out, if slumping.
RF: Aaron Judge: 2013 1st round pick 32 of Yankees
Judge is top of the line in Hard Hit %, Exit Velo, and XSLG, which are all great numbers to be in line with. The ISO I would hope would go back up a bit with a healthy hot start.
DH: Giancarlo Stanton: 2007 Round 2 pick 12 of Marlins.
Stanton has had streaks of high BAPIP before in his career with MIA, so this high small sample dosen’t matter for 2019. His HR/FB rate is right in line other then a couple spikes in 15′, and 16′. He’s healthy like all of this roster is putting balls in play for summer.
For 2021: When playing the power is still very well there. Keeping him at DH to get more AB’s should be the plan for Manager Boone.
OF/UTIL: Miquel Andujar. Not drfated, only been with Yanks.
Getting HR’s off Garret Cole helps his case during this summer camp in intra squad play.
For 2021: Able to play 3rd base and OF, remember he slammed 27 HR”s in 2018 as he’ll fill in when the injuries start. I would love to see him start at OF
Reserves when needed:
Brett Gardner: 2005 round 3 pick 29 of Yankees
The sprint speed specialist had himself a really good XSLG season, interestingly his BABIP was very low for his standards, and is HR/FB rate increased showing nice improvement in his extra base hitting.
Aaron Hicks: On a loaded team, he will move up and down this batting order, starting for most teams. Has enough power and speed to get hot early as playing time also permits. He’s a terrible fielder. He’ll get some starts because of the way he draws walks, switch hitting.
Mike Ford: Another guy that gets line drives and on base with a bit of power.
P1: Gerrit Cole 29 R 6.5 IP
ERA right in line with Xfip SOs really increased every year.
Cole has been throwing in the backyard of teammate Adam Ottavino, Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reports. Despite the suspension of spring training and shutdown of team facilities to most players, Cole appears intent on keeping in shape in anticipation of an eventual return to action. The Yankees’ key offseason signing is expected to be the club’s Opening Day starter when the regular season commences. Gave up a few homers but still had an impressive camp as they allowed him to go 5 innings.
For 2021: Got bombed a few times in 2020 but it was difficult for most aces.
P2: Luis Severino 26 R 6 Ip INJURED Reserved. Should return this season.
GB pitcher giving about 10 K/9. Severino (elbow) is among a group of Yankees eligible to use the Yankees’ facility in Tampa in the midst of Florida’s stay-at-home declaration, George A. King III of the New York Post writes. With Florida’s stay-at-home order set to kick in at 12:01 a. m. ET on Friday, most players will no longer be allowed to gather at George M. Steinbrenner Field. However, the policy makes an exception for players undergoing rehab programs, meaning Severino will be able to continue to use the facility along with a short list of other players including Giancarlo Stanton (calf) and Aaron Judge (rib). Severino underwent Tommy John surgery in late February and is expected to miss the entire 2020 campaign
P3: Masahiro Tanaka 31 R 5.8 IP RETURNED TO JAPAN. not playing in 2021
High GB with 1.3 HR/9 should get back up to 9 K/9 instead of 7 last yr
Tanaka returned to Japan with his family late in March, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports. Many foreign-born players are returning to their countries of origin, so this is not surprising or cause for alarm. The Yankees are not keeping close tabs on Tanaka, as he usually dictates his own preparations during the offseason.
SP4: Jordan Montgomery: 2020 notes
Looks to continue his Summer league play dominance as he performed vs. the Mets not allowing any runs, with a 5/6 IP/SO game. Is an average pitcher who can easily get above average numbers with runn support on this team.
For 2021: This strike thrower had an impressive 1.9 Walk/9 rate. Good control pitcher as his 5+ ERA will come down.
SP5: Domingo German no 2020 notes due to domestic case.
For 2021: Should be rusty out of gate for a while. Has a good curve/changeup combo. In ST he seems to be securing a spot in the rotation however earlier then expecting actually dominating with a 13:1 K:BB so far.
SP5: Deivi Garcia: Not 2020 notes
For 2021: The smallest guy on the Yankees has postseason confidence with his low 92 mph fastball and other good offering with control. He’s their top prospect.