A 10 Part Breakdown the Yankees Depth. Part 8: Corner Outfield

The New York Yankees are blessed with their corner outfield positions. If only the Yankees had the same kind of depth at center field. Lets take a look at their corner outfielders:

Largely Interchangeable Parts

Giancarlo Stanton, as I’ve written before, is a more than serviceable outfielder who was moved from right field to left. Should Aaron Judge go down for an extended period of time, which he could (look at his injury history), you can just as easily slide Stanton back over to his natural position if you need him to play that outfield.

Aaron Judge is more than capable of putting up MVP caliber seasons. He probably would’ve won the MVP in 2017, and there are those who are saying he should after the discovery of the Astros cheating scandal. If you were to stick Judge and Mike Trout in the outfield together… wow. Those are two fantastic outfielders who can RAKE! Judge is really the only outfielder who can’t be moved as he’s exclusively been a right fielder his major league career.

Mike Tauchman is the team’s obvious 4th outfielder. He’s played everywhere, with his most experience coming in the corner outfield positions. But, if his offensive capabilities during the season show what he’s capable of as an everyday player, he could become a central piece of the outfield for the next 5-10 years.

Tyler Wade, while predominantly an infielder, but does have experience as an outfielder. Should two of our corner outfielders go down (Stanton and Judge are pretty injury prone so it’s not out of the question), we can stick Wade in either corner outfield spot to help plug the leak until they come back. Because, our 5th option, isn’t exactly the best.

We could stick Clint Frazier out there as a worst case scenario, but you got to be very careful. His defense is just that bad. I mean… look at the fact that the guy was taken out for defense IN MAY last year. That’s how much confidence they have in Frazier as an outfielder.

The corner outfield isn’t nearly as dire as center field or shortstop, but the health of some injury prone players will play a big part in the 2020 New York Yankees.

A Ten Part Breakdown of the New York Yankees Depth. Part 7: DH

New York Yankees, Larry Rothschild

The New York Yankees are STACKED at the DH position. Pretty much everyone on the team can be the starting DH for the entirety of the 2020 season. So let’s see who makes the most sense:

Giancarlo Stanton AKA The OBVIOUS Choice

People underestimate the fact that Stanton is a competent outfielder. Is he Mike Trout defensively? No. But he’s just above league average as an outfielder, and we know what he’s capable of as a hitter. As a left fielder, he’s weaker looking at the defensive metrics. But he’s still a better defender in left field than Miguel Andujar is (currently) at third.

Stanton’s biggest bugaboo is his health and his strikeouts. When you look at Stanton’s career, he has exceptional seasons after a bad, injury prone season. So while it makes sense for him to be the DH, I force him being the left fielder more regularly.

Miguel Andujar AKA The SMART Choice

You can’t call Andujar a bad hitter. Andujar’s oWAR is 4.6 compared to the 2.2 WAR he posted in 2018. 97 strikeouts, 170 hits, 47 doubles, 92 RBI’s, 25 walks, and he hit into only 9 double plays. Someone who can sub in the field, will undoubtedly learn a new position to help create greater fielding depth for the team as a whole. Plus, he’d help balance out just how much our core of the lineup will ultimately strike out over the course of next season.

The Machine

DJ LeMahieu would be a fabulous DH on more occasions than one. The DH is a point of free offense in the lineup. Why wouldn’t you want a dude with a career .302 batting average be your everyday DH? He gets hits, and he sprays his hits all over the place. With his average of 30 doubles a season, he’d make an excellent DH.

Our First Basemen

Luke Voit and Mike Ford are possibly more prototypical DH’s. They’re bulky, they drive the ball, and most DH’s are relegated to playing first base when playing interleauge games.

So, there you have it. There are 5 more than capable men on the team who can be our regular DH. And that’s not even all the players we have who could be DH’s.