Do the Yankees have the next DJ LeMahieu climbing their Minor League system?

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Which Major League baseball still stalled due to the lockout, the New York Yankees have only been able to get their minor leaguers some legitimate action. The minors will operate normally as the players union and MLB owners fight about the new CBA amid economic differences.

However, the Yankees are still excited about their youth prospects climbing the system, specifically Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza. Although, I would be remiss not to mention Tre Sweeney, who was drafted out of Eastern Illinois last year at 21 years old.

Sweeney currently plays shortstop but could end up changing positions down the line and becoming a utility man with multiple values. Some have compared him to current big leaguer and starting Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu, who recently signed a massive six-year, $90 million extension with the Bombers.

Despite a potential position change with significant competition ahead of him, Sweeney is still committed to building a career at shortstop.

“Obviously, I would like to stay at short and be there as long as possible,’’ Sweeney said recently, per Pete Caldera of NJ.com.

Regarding a potential position change, Sweeney wasn’t deterred by the idea, staying “it wouldn’t bother me.” “I’m here to help my team win and try to make an impact in the lineup.”

Getting back into the groove of things has been great for the young prospects looking to continue their development.

“I think it’s been great, mainly to get back into the groove of things, take live ABs and get to see the rest of my teammates, creating that bond with the guys,’’ said Sweeney. “It’s been fun.’’

Last season with Tampa in Low-A ball, Sweeney hit .246 with six homers and 13 RBIs over 110 at-bats. He also registered a. 927 fielding percentage over 206.1 innings, allowing six errors. Obviously, he will have to improve his defensive efficiency, but he has plenty of time to do so.

Nonetheless, if Sweeney can develop his abilities at multiple positions, he could be LeMahieu’s replacement down the line.