When it comes to the Yankees, average players suddenly become stars. How? Only the baseball gods really know. My assumption is the history and expectation that comes with being a Yankee.
If you like to win and want to be around players that care, coming to the Bombers is the right choice. For Urshela, it ended up being a career-changing move.
Even star Aaron Judge knows how amazing the first-year Yankee has been, stating (NJ.com):
“We wouldn’t be in first place right now if we didn’t have Gio,” Judge said.
The emergence of not just Gio but DJ LeMaheiu has set the tone for the season. Sitting at 59-and-32 on the year, the Bombers are on pace for another 100-win season, on the backs of unexpected players due to injuries.
The fact that injuries haven’t derailed this team yet is beyond me and most fans, and it attests to the culture GM Brian Cashman has built and the methods he’s used to extract value out of his players.
In the Yankees’ latest victory, Urshela drove in two runs with a second-inning single and made another defensive gem at third. A great slide in the bottom of the fifth really stole the show, though, avoiding the tag in a matrix-style move.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) July 15, 2019
Both teams were talking about the slide after the game:
“It was crazy good,” Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman said.
“I was trying to sneak around the glove,” Urshela said.
Struggling earlier in his career might have been a product of low confidence or misuse, but manager Aaron Boone knows why he’s succeeding:
“When he was coming up through the minor leagues, he was always a guy who made good contact, which can be a really good sign and sometimes take a while to blossom.,” Boone said. ”I’m sure that there were a lot of people that followed his minor-league career that aren’t surprised that he’s starting to swing the ball now at the major league level.”
As one of the more clutch players on the team, Urshela will be leaned on to continue producing and coming up clutch at the right moments. Hopefully, he can maintain his current success.