Nobody imagined New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton would record just 59 at-bats in 2019, and due to a variety of different injuries, he was unable to make an impact on their 103-win conquest towards an ALCS appearance.
However, Stanton is preparing to make a significant return for the 2020 season and contribute more than just three homers after recording more than 50 three years ago with the Miami Marlins.
Yankees skipper Aaron Boone commented on the return of Stanton and how he plans to utilize him moving forward:
“Yeah, he’s fully healthy,” Boone told reporters.
Stanton bounced around from Tampa up to the Bronx but ultimately couldn’t regain his full health to help the team in any way.
“I felt like he was in a great spot, in a great frame of mind and the little sample that we saw I thought he was in position to have a tremendous season and I expect that this year,” he said.
How the New York Yankees should use Miggy and Stanton:
I’ve been saying for quite some time that the Yankees should find a way to feature both Stanton and Miguel Andujar on both offense and defense, and the perfect plan stands true.
If Andujar can find himself in left field, Boone can rotate the two to mitigate injury concerns and utilize their offensive production simultaneously. If Andujar remains sitting on the bench as a reserve, the Yankees were better off trading him away for talent that can contribute regularly. Finding a way to incorporate his bat is a necessity, especially after a stellar rookie season that saw him compile 27 homers, 47 doubles, and a .297 batting average.
Stanton, on the other hand, can be even more influential, especially if he cranks more than 40 homers. The Yankees still managed to land second-place in total homers last season without both offensive threats. Factor in the loss of Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez for chunks of the season, and it’s mind-blowing that Boone didn’t win coach of the year.