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New York Yankees: Gio Urshela Owns His Old Team

by John Zarnowski
New York Yankees, Giovanny Urshela

New York Yankees’ star third-basement Gio Urshela absolutely dominated his old team, the Toronto Blue Jays, this past series. Urshela went 9-15 with three bombs against the team who traded him away because he “couldn’t hit.” With ten runs batted in, the Blue Jays just couldn’t figure out how to get him out.

Not only did Urshela flash the maple this series, but he also flashed the leather as well. In Sunday’s matchup, he made a diving play on a hard-hit line drive down the left-field line to save extra bases. You can take a look at this highlight using this link: https://www.mlb.com/video/urshela-s-diving-catch-x1154

Known for his stellar defense, Urshela has proved himself at the plate this season too. He’s batting .323 which is currently in the top batting avengers in the American League. With a career-high 17 home runs, he’s knocked in 61 runs as well. For a guy that got buried in the Blue Jay’s organization last season and didn’t see much major league action, it’s remarkable how tremendous Urshela is playing.

Urshela’s value with the Yankees club is extremely high. Expected to be behind Miguel Andujar this season, Urshela has been a key factor this season once Andujar went down with his injury. The Yankees value Urshela just as high as any other superstar on the team. His teammates have huge confidence and respect him as well. After taking the two foul balls to each of his knees, Aaron Judge had this to say about Urshela, “He’s gonna hit a home run her. The whole crowd was chanting his name. … He’s tough.”

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