New York Yankees: What to Expect From Second Year Yankees

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu

Last year, the Yankees had success from a lot of first-year signings. Players like Gio Urshela, DJ LeMahieu, and James Paxton all had great debut seasons with the Yankees.

What should we expect from them this year?

DJ LeMahieu was the best player for the Yankees last year but will he perform that way again? LeMahieu is one of the best hitters in the MLB and that doesn’t change overnight. He will still produce impressive numbers and be clutch for the Yankees, I estimate. With a shorter season and fewer opportunities at the plate, it’s hard to see LeMahieu playing as big of a role in the Yankees’ success this year. That’s not to say that it is not possible, it is just something that I see as a stretch.

Here are LeMahieu’s numbers from last season: 602 AB, 197 H, .327 AVG, 102 RBI’s, 27 HR, .375 OBP, .518 SLG, .893 OPS. Postseason: 44 AB, 13 H, .295 AVG, 7 RBI’s, 3 HR, .373 OBP, .629 SLG, 1.002 OPS. Hard numbers to repeat.

On the other hand, I think Gio Urshela will get even better. He was to most people, more surprising than DJ LeMahieu. He now has a full season under his belt and I think he is bound to improve and be a game-changer for the Yankees.

His impressive numbers allowed him to take the spot of young hitting sensation Miguel Andujar. Everyone knew that Urshela was gold glove material but no one thought he would show up the way he did at the plate. His numbers were top-notch and got better as the season went on. He’s a player you’re going to see in the Bronx long term. 

Here are Urshela’s numbers from last season: 476 AB, 139 H, .314 AVG, 74 RBI’s, 21 HR, .355 OBP, .534 SLG, .889 OPS. Postseason: 33 AB, 8 H, .244 AVG, 2 RBI’s, 2 HR, .277 OBP, .428 OPS, .705 OPS. Very impressive numbers.

Lastly, we have James Paxton. James Paxton was acquired by the Yankees from the Mariners last year and I think it’s safe to say that was a good move. The Yankees needed an ace last year and being held to that standard in the big apple is not easy. However, he performed great. He proved that he is ready for the bright lights. To me, he’s in his prime and will pitch like an ace next year. He’s a free agent next season and I think it’s no question he should be re-signed. The sky’s the limit for this guy.

Here are Paxton’s numbers from last season: 5-6, 3.82 ERA, 186 SO, 3.3 BB/9, 11.1 SO/9, 1.281 WHIP. Postseason: 1-0, 3.46 ERA, 20 SO, 4.8 BB/9, 13.8 SO/9. These are ace quality stats.

All of these players are going to be sticking around for a while. I am confident they will all win a World Series together one day!

New York Yankees: Could Gio Urshela be the Yankees next Graig Nettles? Find out here

New York Yankees, Gio Urshela

The New York Yankees were faced with a dilemma during the 2019 season when star slugger and third baseman Miguel Andujar went on the IL.  Andujar went down with a year-ending labrum injury at the beginning of the 2019 campaign; the fledgling season appeared to hang in the balance. Andujar was having trouble throwing from third, but the Yankees thought they could still keep his big bat in the lineup.  That turned out not to be the case as he elected to have labrum shoulder surgery.

The New York Yankees had no one to replace him.  Temporarily they used DJ LeMahieu, but they needed to find a permanent replacement.  They searched about to find someone that would be adequate.  The ended up bringing up a minor leaguer from their Scranton Wilkes/Barre Triple-A affiliate Rail Riders.  That player was Giovanny Urshela with a reputation of being a good defender at 3rd but with little pop to his bat.  What the Yankees got was a diamond in the rough.

Twenty-eight-year-old Giovanny Urshela is a Columbian baseball player. He has previously played the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians. Urshela signed with the Cleveland Indians as an international free agent in July 2008. He made his professional debut in 2009, playing for the Dominican Summer League Indians and the Arizona League Indians. He spent 2010-2013 in single-A.

He started the 2014 season with Akron and was promoted to the Columbus Clippers of the Class AAA International League during the season. After the 2014 season, the Indians added Urshela to their 40-man roster. He was named the Indians’ fourth-best prospect by MLB.com in 2015. He batted .227 for the Indians before being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. Urshela batted .233 with one home run and three RBIs in 19 games for Toronto before he was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on June 26. During his time with the Jays, he was noted for his timely hitting and very capable play at 3rd. Base.

On August 4, 2018, the Blue Jays traded Urshela to the New York Yankees
in exchange for cash considerations. The Yankees assigned him to the
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Urshela was called up by the Yankees
to the bigs on April 6, 2019, as a fill-in for Miguel Andujar at third
base. Urshela has been an out-making specialist in the big leagues and
has indeed shown his worth at the hot corner.

Gio is well-liked in the clubhouse and fits in quite well. Some of this may be his not so young age and experience.  Known as an average player with excellent defense at third, upon the advice of pitching coaches, Urshela made a few changes to his hitting stance. He opened his hitting stance while holding his hands slightly lower and also focused on transferring strength from his legs more effectively. The adjustments paid immediate dividends. Among full-time third basemen, Urshela ranked ninth in the league in OPS (.889).

He ended up with a wRC+ (132) (weighed runs above average), which means he had 32% more runs created than the average MLB hitter.  That figure puts him ahead of Colorado super-star Nolan Arenado. It means the New York Yankee have themselves an All-Star player like Arenado, but only have to pay him 2% of Arenado’s salary.  A super win for the Yankees.

He played so well for the Yankees that he even got a call from Iván Duque Márquez, the President of Columbia, to congratulate him on his excellent play. Urshela is the second most timely hitter behind DJ LeMahieu, at one point last season he drove in the winning run in three games in just eight days. He ended his 132 game season, hitting .314, 12 points higher than DJ LeMahieu.  He hit 21 home runs with 34 doubles and 139 hits.

When Gio showed up on the scene, the New York Yankee fans first took notice of him when he started making Graig Nettles-like plays at 3rd.  He made one after the other Gold Glove like catches and throws.  Plays that often headlined Yankee wins.  When his hitting matched his play at third Yankee manager Aaron Boone started throwing paise on their new third baseman. He ended the 2019 season with a fielding percentage of .954 compared to Andujar’s .700. During the season, he also had a fielding percentage at first base and in the outfield of 1.000.

Previous to Urshela’s arrival, they thought that had their future 3rd baseman in Andujar, but with Urshela now at third, Andujar has lost that designation.  The New York Yankees made it clear in spring training 1.0 that Gio Urshela would be the starting 3rd baseman and that it was his job to lose.  Boone and the coaches feel Gio will replicate his 2019 performance as the underlying metrics, suggest sustainability to his growth as a hitter.

Meanwhile, the Yankees will still want to have Miguel Andujar’s bat at the plate even though he has lost his job at 3rd. In 2018 he hit 27 home runs with a batting average of .297. The Yankees will most likely have him platoon with Giancarlo Stanton in the left field.  He will also be a DH for the Yankees when not playing on the field.  In the shortened season, he likely will not see play at 3rd in relief of Urshela.

Have the Yankees found their next Graig Nettles? It appears that they have, and his play this season may cement his play at 3rd for the foreseeable future.  Nettles was the Yankee third baseman for eleven years between 1973 and 1983. It’s also worth mentioning that Gio Urshela also has experience playing at short. With Gleyber Torres’s questionable play as the starting shortstop, this could end up being a 2019 storyline.

EmpireSportsMedia.com’s Columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research.  Follow me on Twitter @parleewilliam.

Did the Yankees find their next Gio Urshela in new signing Matt Duffy?

New York Yankees, Matt duffy

The Yankees made a low-key move over the weekend, signing former Tampa Bay Rays infielder, Matt Duffy. Duffy, who played in 46 games in 2019, logged a .252 batting average with one home run over 147 at-bats.

The defensive player is not a slugger by any means, but he does hit for contact and has a solid OBS (.343 last season). He also draws a respectable number of walks and doesn’t strike out too frequently. The last time he played over 130 games was in 2018 when he hit .294 and played predominantly at third base.

What this tells me is that the Yankees don’t feel comfortable relying on Miguel Andujar at third base in case Gio Urshela needs to be substituted. Having a solid depth piece like Duffy, who can fill the void, is essential, especially at a position as difficult as the hot corner. At third base in 2018, he played 125 games, allowing 13 errors and logging a .963 fielding percentage.

Compared to Urshela, who played in 123 games at the position last year, he logged a .954 fielding percentage with 13 errors. It seems as if Duffy has the ability to perform even better defensively than Urshela, despite his dip in efficiency last year.

If Duffy can bounce back in a big way, the Yankees could find more reps for him, especially since Urshela is only a one-season wonder, so far. Depending on him to back up his stellar 2019 performance with another incredible outing is optimistic. It was the first time Gio hit over .233 and reached double-digit numbers in the home run category.

I really like this move by the Yankees, bringing in a veteran infielder to fill one of the most important positions on defense. It also makes me aware that Andujar will probably stick in the outfield for the foreseeable future. Expect to see Duffy earn playing time during the shortened season, as mitigating fatigue will be a priority.

New York Yankees: Gio Urshela 2020 season projection

New York Yankees, Giovanny Urshela

Gio Urshela stepped up big time last year for the New York Yankees and proved to be a big part of the team’s success. Considering that he was traded away from two teams due to a lack of offensive production, Urshela shocked Yankee fans and the rest of Major League Baseball.

Even though it looks shaky on if a season is going to happen this summer, it doesn’t hurt to predict. According to Baseball-Reference, Gio Urshela’s simulated stats through June 9 are as follows:

.238/.280/.445 with nine home runs and 23 runs batted in. Through 50 games and 175 plate appearances, Urshela has 39 hits with seven being doubles.

Quite frankly, I think these simulated stats are insultingly low for Urshela. Of course, these stats are based on career numbers, including the bad years with the Cleveland Indians and the Toronto Blue Jays. There’s an argument that Urshela’s first year with the Yankees was just a fluke and he just had a great year, but I believe that the Yankees training staff turned his game around.

As soon his Urshela puts on pinstripes and takes the field for the New York Yankees, he finishes the year batting .314 with 21 home runs and 74 runs batted in. For a guy that was supposed to be in triple-A for the majority of the year, that ain’t too shabby. It’s ironic that the year after he’s traded away for weak offensive production, he finishes the season as a leader in batting average

I predict that Urshela will bat .280+ with 25 home runs. He should fall in the .450 area for on-base percentage and .515 for slugging. His defense isn’t a concern of mine, as he displayed a showcase of talent at the hot corner last season.

New York Yankees: What can we expect from Gio Urshela this year?

New York Yankees, Gio Urshela

The New York Yankees had an interesting season last year. With all the injuries they had to deal with, they were set up to have a bad season. But as we know, that wasn’t the case. Every player that was brought up and given a role paid off and contributed to the team’s success. One of those players is Gio Urshela, who was a big part of the Yankees’ lineup and dazzled over at third base.

Tremendous Defense

It’s no question that Urshela is one of the best defensive third basemen in the Major Leagues. It’s ironic that the offseason before last season, the New York Yankees were looking to possibly sign Manny Machado for a huge price. Instead, Gio Urshela held it down for the Yankees and at the end of the season, Urshela only finished three spots behind Machado in fielding percentage.

Strong Bat in 2019

Despite being traded away from two teams due to the lack of offensive production, Gio Urshela was one of the most productive hitters in the Yankees’ lineup last season. He finished second in the team’s top 10 hitters, behind DJ LeMahieu.

It’s possible that Urshela was locked in all year and just had a good year, but I think the Yankee coaching turned his game around. In two seasons with the Cleveland Indians, Urshela batted .225 and .224. He was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays and played 19 games, batting .233. As soon as he puts on pinstripes and steps into Yankee Stadium, he’s batting .314 with 21 home runs and in the mix for league batting leaders.

Simulated Stats (through May 26)

Baseball-Reference has simulated stats for Urshela at .250 batting average with nine home runs through 40 games. Of course, this is based on all his seasons including his struggling years with the other clubs, but I still believe this is insultingly low.

It’s hard to repeat a .300BA year after doing it for the first time, but I think Urshela can stay in the .290 range with 20-25 home runs. There shouldn’t be any concerns about third base, but it’ll be interesting how he hits this season after last year’s huge success.

New York Yankees: Gio Urshela’s 2019 Wasn’t a Fluke, He’s the Future 3B

New York Yankees, Gio Urshela

The Gio Urshela craze in 2019 was insane, as he was a breakout star who was stepping in for the young and promising Miguel Andujar. He and DJ LeMahieu led the charge as breakout stars, but the difference was that Urshela was a castaway, a minor league player at best to many organizations. DJ was already an established starter, who was an all-star and had success in Colorado. though he still exceeded many expectations in 2019. Urshela is one of the better 3rd basemen in baseball, which is saying something as the 3B position is very deep. He isn’t top 10 but he’s above average for sure and given a starting job to play he could be great in 2020. People write his 2019 off as a fluke, but to think that after looking at the numbers wouldn’t just be wrong, it’d be ignorance at it’s finest.

Hitting the Ball Very Hard

Giovanni Urshela averaged a 90.5 MPH exit velocity on balls hit in 2019, which was in the 76th percentile in the MLB which is very good. He also had a 40.6 hard-hit % which was good for the 60th percentile. While hitting the ball hard isn’t the way to project well as a hitter, it’s an important step as it shows that they’re not just getting lucky with hits. Urshela also had shown a lot of promise in his expected stats, with a .294 xBA, a .505 xSLG, and xWOBA of .353, which were not worse from his actual stats by much. If you factor his BB% of 5.3% you can project a slash line of (over 500 PA) of .294/.333/.504  in the next season which would still be very good.

Best Option At The Hot Corner

With Gleyber at SS and DJ at 2B for 2020 most likely, the third base position is best in the hands of Gio Urshela. With 1 DRS and a -3.4 UZR/150 being mediocre fielding numbers, it’s a huge improvement over Andujar’s abysmal defense with a career -25 DRS and -26 UZR/150. In 2019 Andujar had already -4 DRS (which is a cumulative stat) in only 33 innings, showing how much of a liability he is at 3B. How about offensively? Miguel Andujar’s 130 wRC+, .361 wOBA, .527 SLG, .444 xSLG, and .326 xWOBA all are worse than Gio Urshela, and the nail in the coffin is the 2.8 fWAR in 149 games for Andujar compared to Urshela’s 3.1 fWAR in 132 games. Urshela is the better defensive and offensive option by most metrics, and Andujar’s expected stats are truly concerning for the Yankees, who see Andujar’s offense as his best quality.

What To Do With Andujar

Personally platooning him at DH or LF and having him play about 100 games out of 162 would allow the Yankees to see what they have in the youngster. If he shows promise at this role he can end up with more games played in the following season. The Yankees have better options in left with Tauchman and Stanton, at 1B you have Voit and Ford. Then you have the RF position with Aaron Judge. The Yankees shouldn’t play Andujar to play him, especially over guys (like Urshela) who’s numbers are significantly better than Andujar’s.

I know this will get a lot of hate because a lot of people love Andujar more than Urshela but numbers do not lie. If we want the Yankees to win ballgames, their best chance at 3B is Urshela, now and perhaps into the future as well.

 

New York Yankees: Is Gio Urshela really a better defender than Miguel Andujar at 3rd base?

New York Yankees, Gio Urshela

Taking a look at New York Yankees‘ third basemen Gio Urshela and Miguel Andujar’s defensive production in comparison:

The Yankees didn’t give Miguel Andujar a real opportunity to secure the hot corner in his young career. After just one season, an injury forced him out and allowed incumbent Gio Urshela to take hold of the third-base position.

Andujar was realistically a problem in 2018 at the position, playing in 136 games, amounting to 1169.1 innings. He allowed 15 errors and earned a .948 fielding percentage. Overall, his defensive production was lackluster, but his offense allowed him to earn second place for Rookie of the Year, just behind Shohei Ohtani.

However, when looking at Urshela compared to Andujar at third base, the defensive stats are eerily similar from a broad view. In 2019, Gio played in 123 games, amounting to 978.1 innings. He allowed 13 errors and earned a .954 fielding percentage. While he did make numerous flashy plays over the course of the season, his efficiency wasn’t much better than Andujar’s over about 13 fewer games.

The average fielding percentage at third base in 2019 was .958, which Andujar scored below. This would indicate that he is, in fact, a below-average defender at the position, but his offense, as well as Andujar‘s, came in handy. He posted a .314 BA last season, tallying 21 home runs, 74 RBIs, and striking out 87 times over 442 at-bats.

In comparison, Urshela had a marginally better season than Andujar defensively in 2019 compared to 2018. However, the major statistic that can’t be left out is defensive runs saved above average. In essence, this shows the number of runs that both players helped reduce over the course of the season. Urshela was by far the better player in that category, allowing six additional runs while Andujar cost the Yankees 22 runs due to his poor play. That is a significant difference and could be the contrast between winning and losing during the playoffs.

Another major issue for Andujar was turning double plays, as he only logged six in 2018 while Andujar hit on 20 last season in fewer games. There’s no question here that Urshela is the better defender, and the Yankees made the right choice by plugging him in and moving Andujar to left field. Hopefully, the Yankees can still extract the most value from the youth prospect in the left-field position, as he was problematic at third base and could not be trusted any longer.

However, they did cut him relatively short in his reps and is a Decent back up to have in case of injury.

New York Yankees: One giant infield flaw

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

The New York Yankees are one of the best teams in baseball and do many things very well. But, one of the things that the team lacks is infield defense. DJ LeMahieu is a stellar defender and the clear-cut best defensive infielder. Otherwise, the team is lacking in that department.

Gio Urshela is one of those guys who makes a lot of the tough plays but struggles on some of the routine ones. He had a defensive runs saved rating (DRS) of just one in 2019. His career DRS is a -2, and it’s somewhat surprising that he was in the big leagues for a few years before 2019 since his offensive was previously a huge struggle. His fielding percentage was also just a .954 in 2019.

Urshela’s third-base counterpart of Miguel Andujar is much much worse, coming in with a league-low -21 DRS rating in 2018. If it weren’t for that, he likely would’ve won Rookie of the Year that year. Across the diamond is Luke Voit, who had a -12 DRS rating in 2019.

At shortstop is Gleyber Torres, who had a -13 DRS rating in 2019. However, he platooned between shortstop and second base with the Didi Gregorius injury and was significantly better at shortstop. His DRS rating was a -1 at shortstop (still not particularly great), where he will be at for the foreseeable future. He also played more games at shortstop in 2019.

And of course, you can’t forget about Gary Sanchez. His defensive ratings aren’t awful, but he makes up a lot of his positive ratings on his arm and awareness. His career caught-stealing percentage is 33%, but it was down to 23% in 2019. His career-high was 41% in 2016. He has 47 passed balls in 306 career games, which is, uh, concerning. Sanchez also led the league in catcher errors in 2017 and 2019. He only caught 90 games in 2019, which is also somewhat concerning.

The Yankees don’t have very many flaws, but infield defense is for sure one of them.

 

 

New York Yankees Player Profiles: Gio Urshela, was his season a fluke?

New York Yankees, Giovanny Urshela

It’s enjoyable doing player profiles for players New York Yankees fans may not be that familiar with. With all the Yankee Injuries, many triple-A stars made it to the bigs last season, having a chance to show off their talents and give the team a reason to keep them in the majors. Geo Urshela is such a player filling in for Miguel Andujar at third base.

Gio’s player history:

Twenty-eight-year-old Giovanny Urshela is a Columbian baseball player for our Yankees. He has previously played for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians. Urshela signed with the Cleveland Indians as an international free agent in July 2008. He made his professional debut in 2009, playing for the Dominican Summer League Indians and the Arizona League Indians. He spent 2010-2013 in single-A.

He started the 2014 season with Akron and was promoted to the Columbus Clippers of the Class AAA International League during the season. After the 2014 season, the Indians added Urshela to their 40-man roster. He was named the Indians’ fourth-best prospect by MLB.com in 2015. He batted .227 for the Indians before being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays.  Urshela batted .233 with one home run and three RBIs in 19 games for Toronto, before he was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on
June 26. During his time with the Jays, he was noted for his timely hitting and very capable play at 3rd. Base.

Urshela comes to the New York Yankees

On August 4, 2018, the Blue Jays traded Urshela to the New York Yankees in exchange for cash considerations. The Yankees assigned him to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Urshela was called up by the Yankees to the bigs on April 6, 2019, as a fill-in for Miguel Andujar at third base. Urshela has been an out-making specialist in the big leagues and has certainly shown his worth at the hot corner.  Throughout the season, he made spectacular plays that many wondered if Andujar would have made, considering that Miguel’s play at third has been questioned.

Gio is well-liked in the clubhouse and fits in quite well. Some of this may be his not so young age and experience. So far although not a home run hitter, he is a timely hitter with a batting average of .314.  He had played so well he has received praise from manager Aaron Boone and a tweet of support from the Columbian President.

As the season progressed, it appeared that his place at the hot corner was his to lose.  Many Yankee fans compared him to Yankee great Graig Nettles.  His play was very Gold Glove-like.   The New York Yankees knew when they brought him up for Scanton that he would be at least sufficient at third, their only question was his hitting that was not stellar.   In his April, he proved his worth at 3rd, but didn’t shine at the plate.

Urshela solidifies his place with the Yankees

After a few weeks, something changed in Urshela.  He started to hit, and it didn’t stop for the rest of the season.  Some great players come to play at Yankee Stadium and just can’t cut it, while others like Urshela given the change embrace the spotlight and excel.  Over a six-game period he drove in the winning run twice.  He came in second to DJ LeMahieu for being the best player on the team.  He even hit 21 home runs.

Many fans thought his play last year may have been a fluke.  It is hard to believe that being the 2nd best player on a team of stars, is just a fluke.  Even with star Miguel Andujar back on the team this year, manager Aaron Boone has made it clear that Gio will be the starting 3rd baseman, and he will find another place to have Andujar play.

Reviewing Urshela’s stats, he plays particularly well against the Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, and, most importantly, against the Tampa Bay Rays.  Not only did he play well during the regular season, but he also showed his stuff in the postseason by hitting two home runs in the six games against the Houston Astros, and had a very respectable .828 OPS.

Urshela will repeat his excellent play

In the coronavirus shortened spring training camp, he only hit one home run in twelve games played with a .233 batting average, yet maintained his ability to get on base with his very satisfactory .728 OPS.  When this baseball season finally starts for the New York Yankees, they can be sure of his excellent defense; the only question is if he can repeat his on-base year again.  Even if he doesn’t meet last year’s stats but comes close, he will still be one of the Yankee top players.  This writer believes that he has found his place with the Yankees and will again embrace his job and continue to shine.

EmpireSportsMedia.com’s Columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Reseach

 

New York Yankees: Could Miguel Andujar beat out Clint Frazier in the outfield?

New York Yankees, Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar

With the New York Yankees dealing with a significant amount of injuries in the outfield and pitching corps, they were forced to utilize other talents to supplement their losses. One of the players forced into an unfamiliar position was third baseman, Miguel Andujar. Andujar suffered a torn labrum in 2019, losing the starting third base spot to Gio Urshela, who blossomed into a regular starting player.

Urshela, who had previously had a career-high .233 BA in 2018 with the Toronto Blue Jays, exploded onto the scene for the Yankees, hitting .314 with 21 home runs and 74 or RBIs over 442 at-bats. He became a staple on the defense and a consistent hitter in the batting order.

Ultimately, Gio has the first crack at the third-base position, and given his consistency, the spot seems all but secured by the Columbian international. Andujar, on the other hand, has had to make a change in his game, spending time in left field and at first base this spring training.

So far, Andujar seems to be a realistic reserve option in left field, as he looked comfortable handling pop flies and line drives.

Can Miguel Andujar overtake Clint Frazier in the outfield for the New York Yankees?

Considering Frazier’s experience in the outfield, it is unlikely that Andujar will overtake him as the starter on opening day in just three weeks. The former third baseman has had a rocky spring training at the plate, finishing with a .217 batting average with one home run. Clint, on the other hand, logged a .353 batting average with one homer and two RBIs over 17 at-bats. Obviously, these are small sample sizes to consider, and Andujar is traditionally the better offensive player. However, his loan season of productivity in 2018 must be taken with a grain of salt, considering he missed nearly all of 2019.

At this point, we can say that Frazier will most likely be the starter in the outfield against the Baltimore Orioles on March 26. With Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Aaron hicks all set to miss time, the Yankees will have to supplement their absence in the meantime. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Miggy earn some starting reps in the first few weeks of the season, though.