Yankees demote fan favorite, Jamison Taillon has turned a corner, Rizzo lighting up the Bronx

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After losing the first game of a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles, the New York Yankees have since scored 23 runs against them in two games. On Wednesday evening, they posted 10, thanks to a big seventh inning that included a pair of doubles by Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres, driving in four runs.

The Yankees have been waiting patiently for this type of run production, as the starting lineup has finally begun to peek after months of inadequacy.

Skipper Aaron Boone has asked a lot of young players to supplement injuries, one of them being outfielder Greg Allen. Allen, who was demoted to Triple-A following Wednesday’s victory over Baltimore, was hitting .270 with nine runs and two RBIs. Over 15 games, he hosted a 10.4% walk rate and 27.1% strikeout rate. His speed on the base paths proved to be vital in the team’s success offensively, and most hoped he would stick around as a depth piece despite bigger names making a return.

However, there’s no question he will earn another opportunity in the near future, especially if the Yankees are struggling to steal basis.

Jamison Taillon has turned a big corner:

One player who has elevated his game significantly over the past few weeks is starting pitcher Jameson Taillon. The former Pittsburgh Pirates starter logged 6.1 innings of action on Wednesday, allowing four hits and two earned runs. He struck out 10 batters over 90 pitches, lowering his ERA to 4.04. A tough start to the season hurt his numbers, but he’s finally getting back into shape and currently has a career-high 9.08 strikeouts per nine. While his walk rate is a bit higher than desirable, he’s working his way back from two years on the injured list.

The Yankees would like to see a bit more efficiency with his ground ball percentage, which is at a career-low of 31.5%. Back in 2018, he posted a 46.2% ground ball rate, which is exactly what the team was expecting when they traded for him. Ground balls at Yankee Stadium are a luxury, given the short porches.

Anthony Rizzo has been a godsend:

Ever since general manager Brian Cashman traded for Anthony Rizzo, the team has been offensively stout. Over six games with the Yankees, he has three homers, six RBIs, and is hitting .400.

Rizzo has reinvigorated the team with his lefty power. Just five days ago, the Bombers were far easier to pitch against with an entirely righty lineup, but adding Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo have completely changed the complexity of their batting order.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees take game two from the Rays in an exciting 10th inning

New York Yankees, Nestor Cortes Jr.

The New York Yankees entered tonight’s game looking to take the series with a second win after last night’s 4-3 win. Nestor Cortes started for the Yankees with Michael Wacha for the Tampa Bay Rays. At the very last moment before the game, slugger Aaron Judge was removed from the starting lineup favoring Estevan Florial for an unspecified reason. However, it was noted that he did not take part in batting practice earlier in the day. The New York Yankees won the game in one of the most exciting 10th inning baseball fans have seen. The final score was Yankees 3 Rays 1.

At the top of the first inning, DJ LeMahieu faced Wacha and went down swinging. Gleyber Torres walked. Rougie Odor went down on strikeouts. Giancarlo Stanton ground out to second to end the half and leave one on base. At the bottom, Manuel Margot leadoff for the Rays and flew out to Florial in center. Wander Franco fly out to right for the second out. In last night’s game, Austin Meadows went down looking for a 1-2-3 inning for Cortes Jr. No score.

Gary Sanchez led off the second inning by going down on strikes for Wacha’s third strikeout of the game. Brett Gardner flew out to left. Gio Urshela struck out to end the half. At the bottom of the second, Yandy Diaz flew out to Allen in right field. Brandon Lowe struck out. Randy Arozarena went down on strike, putting all six Rays he has faced. No score.

Greg Allen led off the third inning by grounding out to second. Estevan Florial went down on strikes. LeMahieu got a base hit to right for the 37th game in a row with a hit. Torres went down on a changeup. Joey Wendle led off the bottom by grounding out to short. Francisco Mejia managed the first base runner for the Rays with a single up the middle. Brett Phillips went down swinging. Margot lined out to Urshela to end the scoreless inning. No score.

The top of the fourth inning was led off by Rougie Odor, who singled to left. Stanton, Gardner, and Sanchez failed to score in the fourth. At the bottom, Franco singled. Meadows flew out. Diaz went down swinging. Lowe tripled, and Franco scored for the Ray’s first run in the game. Arozarena was hit by a pitch and went to first. Wendle, with men on the corners and two outs lined out to Gardner in left. Tampa Bay Rays 1 New York Yankees 0.

Urshela led off the fifth by reaching on an airmailed throw to first. Greg Allen doubled down the right-field line, moving Urshela to third. Aaron Judge, pinch-hitting for Florial, who may have been traded to the Rangers, struck out for the first out of the inning. LeMahieu got a sac fly tying up the game at one. Torres got a line drive to first for the final out. At the bottom, Mejia against Cortes Jr. with 67 pitches popped out to catcher Sanchez. Phillips popped out to first. Margot flew out to Allen for a 1-2-3 inning in the fifth. Rays 1 Yankees 1.

The sixth inning was led off by Rougie Odor, who, against Drew Rasmussen, struck out. Stanton singled up the middle. Sanchez got the second out. Brett Gardner ground out to end the half. At the bottom, Franco led off against new pitcher Lucas Luetge; he went down on strikes. Meadows went down swinging. Diaz flew out to Gardner in left for the final out. Tampa Bay 1 Yankees 0.

Gio Urshela led off the seventh inning by going down on strikes. Allen flew out to second. Aaron Judge struck out to end the half. At the bottom, Lowe struck out swinging. Arozarena went down on strikes. Wendle popped back to catcher Sanchez to end the inning. New York Yankees 1 Tampa Bay 1.

DJ LeMahieu led off the eighth inning popped out to third. Odo stuck out. With a runner at second and two outs, Santon flew out to right to end the half. At the bottom, Mejia against Zack Britton walked. Phillips hit into a double play for two outs. Margot ground out to short. Yankees 1 Rays 1.

At the top of the ninth with the game tied up at 1, Gary Sanchez against Matt  Wisler singled to left. Tyler Wade was brought in to pinch-run for Sanchez. Gardner flew out to right. Wisler balked with Wade going to second. Urshela hit into an inning-ending double play to end the half. At the bottom with a chance for the Rays to walk off, Kyle Higashioka took over the catching for the Yankees, and with Chad Green, on the mound, Franco chopped out to first. Meadows flew out to Allen in center. Diaz also flew out to center to bring the game into extra innings.

In the tenth inning with ghost runner Gio Urshela at second, Greg Allen against Pete Fairbanks got hit by a pitch advancing to first. Aaron Judge with two on and no outs singled to left. Urshela scored. LeMahieu with men on the corners and no outs.  Fairbanks left the game replaced by Andrew Kittredge. Kittredge threw a wild pitch scoring Allen. LeMahieu ground out with Judge moving to third base. Torres hit to third to double up judge and end the inning, but the Yankees took the 2 run lead.

At the bottom with last licks on the line for the Rays, Diaz was the ghost running at second with Aroldis Chapman in for the close, Lowe struck out on a 101 mph fastball. Arozarena walked. Nelson Cruz pinch hit for Wendle. On a wild pitch, Diaz went to third and was called out. Upon review, he was called safe. Cruz then with men on second and third Cruz struck out. Mejia flew out to LeMahieu who made an on-the-gound catch to end the inning and win it for the New York Yankees.

The final score was the New York Yankees 3 and the Tampa Bay Rays 1. The winning pitcher was Chad Green and the loser, Pete Fairbanks, with the save going to Aroldis Chapman (20).

 

 

 

New York Yankee Player Profiles: Greg Allen, is he the real deal? (video)

With so many injuries and players on the Covid list, the New York Yankees have caused the Yankees to give several minor league players a shot at playing at Yankee Stadium. Among them were Tim Locastro, Trey Amburgey, Ryan LaMarre, Estevan Florial, and Greg Allen. Allen adds a new dynamic to the team. It’s time we get to know him better.

Allen (Gregory Lomack Allen) is a 28-year old that was born in San Diego, California, on March 15, 1993. He made his Major League debut with the Cleveland Indians in 2017. He also played for the San Diego Padres before coming to the New York Yankees. But, first, let’s look at how he got to the Yankees.

Playing baseball as a child, he developed a love for the game of baseball. He got his first taste of playing with a real team when he attended Hilltop High School in Chula Vista, California. After high school, he played college baseball for the San Diego State Aztecs of San Diego State University. He, just like Aaron Judge, played summer ball in the Cape Cod League with the Orleans Firebirds during the 2013 season.

In the 2014 MLB draft Allen was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the sixth round of the draft. He was sent to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. That is where he spent the entire season, hitting .244 with 19 RBI’s and an amazing 57 stolen bases. In 2015 he played for the Lake County Captains. In 123 games, he stole another 43 bases while hitting .273 with seven home runs. After the season, the Indians assigned him to the Arizona Fall League. He was reportedly involved in a trade that would have sent him to the Milwaukee Brewers, but that trade fell through.

At the beginning of the 2017 season, Greg Allen found himself with Akron but was quickly promoted to the Major Leagues on September 1. He batted .264 with another 21 stolen bases before the move to the Indians team to begin the season. Six days after joining the team his hit his first home runs. Allen had many firsts in 2018. On May 27th, he hit his first career walk-off home run against the Houston Astros in the 14th inning. Then, on September 23, he got a base hit in the bottom of the 11th inning against the Boston Red Sox, causing a walk-off win for the Indians.

After an unremarkable 2019, on August 31, 2020, the Indians traded Allen to the San Diego Padres in the package that sent Mike Clevinger to the Padres. He played in one game for San Diego before they optioned him to their alternate training site. On December 31, 2020, Allen was designated for assignment by the Padres. Just six days later, he was picked up by the New York Yankees.

Greg Allen becomes a New York Yankee

On January 6, 2021, the Padres traded Allen to the New York Yankees. On February 23, the Yankees designated him for assignment. On March 1st, he was invited to spring training as a non-roster invitee.  After a successful spring training, he was assigned to the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders to begin the season. This is where the still young man started to make a name for himself with his dynamic play and speed on the bases. Allen got his big chance when he was promoted to Yankees Stadium due to all of the Covid cases. He made his Major League debut with the Yankees on July 16 against the Boston Red Sox. He got a hit in his first at-bat.

Since his promotion to the big team, he has played every game (4) and has gotten a hit in each game. Last night playing in place of Aaron Judge in right field, he got a hit, scored two runs, and walked twice. One must wonder if the Yankees’ recent success has anything to do with the spark Greg Allen has given the Yankees. Allen’s speed again played an integral role in vaulting the Yankees to their third straight victory last night at Yankee Stadium, this one a 6-4 win over the Phillies. One thing is for sure, Allen is going to try to continue to impress so he will get even more at-bats and make a case for him to remain on the roster.

“I just try to do what I can to make an impact and help the team win,” Allen said.

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New York Yankees Recap: 4 home runs power Yankees to win over the Phillies

The New York Yankees entered the series with the Philadelphia Phillies tonight with a rag-tag team the had a higher positivity rate than any time in the season after winning a series against the Boston Red Sox. Even with their beleaguered team with several players on the IL, they were hoping to take their second series in a row. The Yankees won the game via the home run 6-4 for their third win in a row.

Jean Segura led off the first inning and walked against Domingo German. J.T. Realmuto ground out. Bryce Harper struck out. Former Yankee Andrew McCutchen struck out to end the half. At the bottom, Brett Gardner led off for the Yankees and struck out. Giancarlo Stanton went down looking. Rougie Odor struck out for a scoreless inning for both teams.

In the second, Rhys Hoskings, the Phillies’ home run leader, led off by hitting a homer to center field. Didi Gregorius recorded the first out with a fly out to center. Brad Miller walked. Ronald Toreyes struck out. Travis Jankowski struck out to end the inning, but the Phillies picked up a run. Gary Sanchez led off the Phillies at the bottom and flew out to right-center. Gleyber Torres flew out to the same place. Rob Brantly tapped back to the pitcher to end the inning. Phillies 1 Yankees 0.

Jean Segura led off the third by grounding out. JT Realmuto hit sharply to Tyler Wade at third for the second out. Bryce Harper singled to the center. McCutchen lined out directly to Wade at third to end the half. At the bottom, Greg Allen led off by getting a lead-off triple over the head of Harper. Estevan Florial sac flew for the tie of the game. Tyler Wade recorded the second out with a fly ball to McCutchen in left. Gardner flew out. New York Yankees 1 Phillies 1.

Hoskins led off the fourth by walking. Gregorius flew out for the first out. Miller flew out to shallow short. Toreyes hit a double over the head of Gardner, driving in a run for the Phillies.  Jankowski struck out, but the Phillies added another run. At the bottom, Stanton struck out. Odor got a bunt single for the Yankees. Sanchez hit the left-field wall so hard that he was limited to a single, but Odor went to third. Torres went down on strikes. Brantly, with two on and two outs, popped out to end the inning. Phillies 2 Yankees 1.

In the fifth inning, the Yankees picked up two runs, partly because of Brett Gardner’s home run to centerfield off of Nola. It would end up that the Yankees won this game via the long ball. Gary Sanchez hit a long ball in the sixth inning also off of Nola. In the seventh inning, Giancarlo Stanton hit a monster home run. New York Yankees 5 Philadelphia Phillies 2.

At the top of the eighth inning, the Phillies picked up a run off of Zack Britton. Britton gave up 3 hits in the inning. In the bottom of the frame, Greg Allen struck out. Estevan Florial, who walked in the sixth, had a solo shot to the short right-field porch to make it 6-3 New York Yankees. It was Florials first Major League home run. Tyler Wade gound out for the second out of the inning. Brett Gardner, with two outs, ground out to second to end the inning, but the Yankees picked up another run in the inning. New York Yankees 6 Phillies 3.

At the top of the ninth inning, the Yankees sent closer Aroldis Chapman to the mound to close it out for the Yankees with the three-run led. Chapman has been shakey, to say the least trying to close games for the Yankees recently. Bryce Harper struck out on a Chapman slider. Andrew McCutchen homer to the left-field stands as the Phillies tacked on another run as Chapman’s late-inning woes continued. Rhys Hoskins struck out swinging. Didi Gregorius, who was 0-4 on the night, also struck out against his old teammate. The Yankees held onto the 6-4 lead to take the first game of the Phillies series and their third win in a row.

The final score was the New York Yankees 6 and the Philadelphia Phillies 4. The winning pitcher was Luis Cessa, and the loser was Aaron Nola. The save went to Aroldis Chapman, his 17th of the season.

Yankees: Greg Allen is trying to play his way into the Bombers’ plans

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The New York Yankees have a current need in the outfield, where Aaron Judge is currently out with COVID-19 and other players have failed to lock down consistent playing time. Greg Allen is trying to make a strong impression and earn more at-bats, and he is off to a good start.

An emergency call-up after the Yankees announced six COVID-19 cases and Luke Voit’s new injury, Allen was summoned to play in the Red Sox series and did just fine: he helped by going 3-for-6 with a double, walk, stolen base and RBI over the weekend against Boston.

He is not a slugger. To the contrary, he uses his contact skills, speed, and defense to make an impression, and he hopes he can earn an opportunity with the Yankees after playing from 2017 to 2020 with the Cleveland Indians.

“He can really defend in the outfield,” Yankees manager Boone said, per NJ Advance Media. “He can run obviously. He’s given quality at-bats from both sides, even at-bats that haven’t ended in a result necessarily. It’s a big league at-bat. It’s competitive. It’s not a lot of chase. He can help us.”

A gritty player with speed and athleticism that can help the Yankees

Allen came to the Yankees last January, when the Bombers sent reliever James Reeves to the San Diego Padres. He was bypassed several times for a call-up, but he kept it together mentally and patiently waited for his chance.

“What you can control is what you can do today in that moment,” Allen said. “Be where your feet are and make the most of it.”

“I know in talking to guys about him in Triple-A how he’s been,” Boone said. “This guy has a lot of big-league time over the last few years and he’s been a pro down there. He’s been a good player down there. He’s been a good teammate down there, a guy that you can trust in a lot of situations. And that’s what he’s showing so far.”

The Yankees need him to perform and add some speed and athleticism to the outfield, a unit that is currently missing Judge, Aaron Hicks, Miguel Andujar, Tim Locastro and Clint Frazier.

Allen is a career .242 hitter over 563 at-bats with eight homers and 33 steals, but at least he is making a good impression for the Yankees in the early going.

 

“Looking at my own personal skill set … anything I can do to get on base, increase traffic, play some good defense,” Allen said. “Just find ways to score runs. That’s the name of the game. So any way I can impact the game, that’s where my focus is and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

New York Yankees: 5 Major takeaways from 9-1 series win over the Red Sox

Yankees take first series from the Red Sox

The New York Yankees that have struggled most of this season have had an amazing turnaround in the last two days. Winning two games normally is not a big deal, but for the Yankees to take a series from their rivals in the AL East is certainly a big deal. Previous to this series, the Yankees were 0-7 against the Sox, who seemed unbeatable. What makes these wins even more amazing is that they did it with seemly impossible odds, with several of the big hitters out of the lineup due to Covid. After losing the first game, the Yankees came back in game two 3-1, and last night slammed the Sox 9-1.

Another quality start from Taillon

Last night Jameson Taillon may have proved that his lackluster season may be turning around. For the last three starts, he has gone 18.1 innings giving up just three runs. In his previous three games, he gave up 8 earned runs. Last night he topped off his success in the last three games with a 5.1 inning shut out of the powerful Red Sox lineup. The big difference is that he has found hit put away pitch that has been lacking for most of the season. The Yankees have won five of his last seven starts.

Outfield woes continue despite success

The New York Yankees started out spring training being outfield heavy, but they went through a dramatic loss of players as we got into the regular season. First, it was Aaron Hicks who will likely miss the entire season due to a freak left wrist injury. This led to Brett Gardner that was supposed to be mostly a bench player, into everyday action in centerfield. Tyler Wade, who is mostly an infielder, has rested Gardner.

As the season progressed, Clint Frazier’s struggles at the plate led to him not being used in the outfield. Frazier has been replaced by Andujar, Gardner, Tauchman, who was dealt away. Locastro recently took over left field, but now he has been injured and will likely not return this season. Fast forward, and right fielder and slugger Aaron Judge was one of six players to be put in the Covid 10 day. The Yankees brought up Try Amburgey to replace him; he pulled a hamstring. Ryan LaMaree was brought up to replace him, and last night he crashed into the wall and ended up in a heap, although he remained in the game.

Regardless of all this bad luck, and with all replacement players in the outfield, last night, those same players were responsible for 5 runs in the crushing of the Red Sox in the 9-1 win. So the Yankees now have to decide if they need to bring someone else up or use Giancarlo Stanton in the outfield, who hasn’t played there in two seasons. It may also cause more action by general manager Brian Cashman as the trade deadline approaches.

Rag-tag lineup gets 8 hits

Last night with the Red Sox series on the line, manager Aaron Boone put together the best lineup he could, considering he had no Aaron Judge, no Luke Voit, and no Gio Urshela. Boone inserted Rougie Odor, Trey Amburgey, Grey Allen, and Chris Gittens to round out the lineup. Unfortunately, one of those became injured, and Ryan LaMarre had to replace him.

LaMarre, Gardner, and Allen’s realigned outfield were responsible for five of the Yankees’ runs. They combined to go 4 for 7 with three RBI’s and two aggressively stolen bases. It just may be that the next-man-up thing is working again. So far this season, the Yankees have used 13 different outfielders.

Ryan LaMarre went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a steal, Greg Allen went 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and a steal, and Gardner added a single to lead off a four-run seventh inning.

Gleyber Torres hits second home run

It appears that Gleyber Torres may be turning his season around. Last night he hit his second home run in as many nights. After hitting 38 homers in 2019, Torres has struggled to find his power. Last year, he hit only 3 home runs, and so far this season, he hit only 3 more before this series. In the second game of the Sox series, he hit his fourth of the season. Last night in the second inning, he hit another home run, this one off Sox starter Martin Perez. This could signal that Torres has found both his stroke and his power once again.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees get 3 home runs in a tie with the Tigers

Mike Tauchman, New York Yankees

Today the New York Yankees traveled a few miles northeast to Lakeland, Florida, to meet up with the Detroit Tigers at Joker Merchant Stadium. The Tiger’s starter was Tarik Skabul, and for the New York Yankees, it was Corey Kluber in his third start of the spring; so far, he had an ERA of 3.00. The game was played under mostly sunny skies, with a game-time temperature of a perfect 72 degrees.

Mike Tauchman led off for the Yankees against Skabul. The T-man couldn’t do better; he had a leadoff home run to center. Luke Voit walked. Clint Frazier followed, who tapped into a force-out, Voit out at second. Frazier was picked off. Dietrich walked. Higashioka struck out to end the half. Yankees 1 Tigers 0. Corey Kluber took the mound, and Grossman walked on five pitches. Grossman advanced on a wild pitch. Mazara struck out swinging. W.Castro singled driving in Grossman. Castro stole second. Cabrera flew out, but Castro reached third. Schoop walked, and H.Castro struck out. Kluber had a rough inning where he didn’t have good command. He threw 30 pitches. Yankees 1 Tigers 1.

At the top of the second, Tyler Wade got an infield single. LaMarre singled Wade to third. Velazquez struck out, but LaMarre stole second. Allen flew out, but Wade scored. Tauchman, who homered in the first singled. With Voit hitting, LaMaree was caught stealing home. Yankees 2 Tigers 1. At the bottom, Ramos flew out to the warning track. Garcia popped out. Hill lined to third, but Dietrich overthrew Voit, lifting him off the plate for a double. Grossman flew out for a quick inning for Kluber. Yankees 2 Tigers 1.

At the top of the 3rd, Voit resumed his at-bat and walked. Frazier popped out to second. Both Dietrich and Higashioka popped out as well for the quick Skubal half. Mazara against Kluber walked. W.Castro flew out. Cabrera struck out, Schoop struck out for Klubers 4th strikeout of the game.

Tyler Wade led off the New York Yankee 4th. He singled sharply to left. LaMarre walked, two on no outs. Velazquez called out on strikes, and Wade called out at third. Allen flew out to left to end the half.  Kluber out for the fourth allowed H.Castro single to left. Ramos popped into a double play. Kluber was removed from the game with 68 pitches, replaced by Nick Nelson. Garcia struck out to end the inning. Yankees 2 Tigers 1.

Tauchman walked on Skubal, who had five walks in the game. Cisnero replaced him. Voit ground to short, Tauchman out as second as Voit reaches. Frazier flew out for the second out. Dietrich walked. Higashioka walked to load the bases with two outs. Wade flew out, leaving 3 Yankees on base. Hill struck out against Nelson. Grossman struck out, and Mazara lined out to end the inning. Yankees 2 Tigers 1.

Greg Soto struck out LaMarre to start the sixth. Velazquez struck out, and Allen flew out to Rojas, who made a flat-out slide ending the half. Nelson out for his third inning, W.Castro hit a triple to far right. Cabrera walked, Schoop hit into a double play, but W. Castro scored. H.Castro lined out to second. Yankees 2 Tigers 2.

Tauchman leading off the 7th. walked, he was on base all four times. Garcia replaced Soto. His first pitch hit Luke Voit, Florial took his place at first. Voit flew out to far left, and Tauchman went to third. A wild pitch allowed the T-Man to score. Yankees 3 Tigers 2. At the top of the eighth Greg Allen and Chris Gittens hit back to back home runs for the New York Yankee 5-2 lead.

At the bottom of the eighth with Nick Goody on the mound, Reyes and Cameron singled. Short struck out. Erik Haase hit a long home run over the left-field fence driving in three runs to tie the score up at 5 runs apiece. H.Castro walked. Rogers was hit by a pitch. With two on Gracia flew out to close out the eighth inning. Yankees 5 Tigers 5.

In spring training there are no extra innings so if neither team scores in the ninth the game will end in a tie. At the top Rob Brantly ground out. Tyler Wade ground out to short. Ezequiel Duran singled. Velazquez flew out to center ending the Yankee’s ability to break the tie. At the bottom of the ninth, the New York Yankees sent Brooks Kriske to hold down the Tigers. Hill struck out, Reyes walked on four pitches. Cameron batting Reyes stole second. Cameron struck out. Reyes went to third on a wild pitch. Short walked and stole second. Haase lined out ending the game in a 5-5 tie.

 

 

 

Yankees News: Outfielder waived and re-assigned, Gary Sanchez returns ‘revived’

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

The New York Yankees enjoyed a victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday afternoon, by a score of 5-4. Thanks to a home run by Chris Gittens in the fifth inning, the Yankees enjoyed their first win of spring training. While the pitching was a bit inconsistent, new starter Jameson Taillon was impressive in his lone inning of work.

However, the Yankees have already begun making moves as they waved outfielder Greg Allen and reassigned him to the Triple-A roster. He will remain in major league camp but as a minor-league invite. He has spent the last few seasons with the Cleveland Indians, posting a collective .239 average with eight total homers and 57 RBIs. An elevated 31.3% strikeout rate was a bit tumultuous in 2020, but he only played 16 games indicating a small sample size.

Allen has featured in more than 25 games just twice in his career, and during those seasons, he had a high of .257 and four homers. He’s not a slugger by any means but offers a bit of speed and decent contact hitting. He’s more of a defensive player who can provide consistency in that category rather than an offensive threat. The Yankees prefer to have elite offense over defense, which is why Allen will likely spend his days in the minor-leagues or as a depth piece on an alternative squad.

As per the Yankees:

OF Greg Allen has been outrighted off the Major League roster and onto the Triple-A roster. Allen remains in Major League camp.

The Yankees are optimistic that Gary Sanchez can finally return to form in 2021. He launched a mammoth home run against Detroit on Monday, clearing the centerfield wall and traveling 429 feet.

Sanchez has always lead the way with his bat, never recording single-digit homers in his career. After posting a 36% strikeout rate last season, decreasing that number and getting his contact rate up would help his offense return to normal. The coaching staff believes he is in perfect shape and should be far more productive this season, but only time will tell.

“I’ve seen a completely new and revived version of him,” Yankees catching coach Tanner Swanson told NJ Advanced Media.

New York Yankees: An interesting position battle is shaping up in the outfield

Mike Tauchman, New York Yankees

On Friday, the New York Yankees reportedly re-signed Brett Gardner to a one-year deal worth $4 million with a team and a player option for 2022. The signing wasn’t a huge surprise, but long-anticipated after waiting until mid-February to ink a deal.

With the Gardner signing, it jumbles up the outfield picture for 2021. Gardner will be the fourth outfielder this season, with Clint Frazier, Aaron Hicks, and Aaron Judge as the starters. Giancarlo Stanton will DH this season but can play outfield if absolutely neccessary.

This puts both Mike Tauchman and Greg Allen in a position battle for the “fifth outfielder” role. The Yankees will carry a three or four-man bench for most of the season with a back-up catcher, an infielder, and possibly two outfielders. Between Tauchman and Allen, whoever wins the position battle will likely be the second outfielder behind Gardner.

Mike Tauchman

Tauchman has been solid for the Yankees in his short tenure, playing in 130 games since the beginning of the 2019 season. He’s hit .268 with a .807 OPS and a 116 OPS+ in pinstripes. He provides lefty power, knocking 13 home runs as a Yankee. Additionally, Tauchman brings speed and a good glove to the table.

Greg Allen

The Yankees acquired Greg Allen in a trade from the San Diego Padres this off-season, and he has the potential to make an impact. Allen’s one of the quickest players in the league and a decent defender with a 0.4 dWAR. Offensively, he has just a .641 career OPS but is more of a contact hitter with a .251 career average.

Tauchman is overall the better player, but what could help Allen is that he’s a switch hitter. The Yankees need lefties, and even though Tauchman is a lefty, having switch hitters on the roster can go a long way for match-ups.

With position players reporting to Spring Training this week, it’ll be interesting to see how this outfield position battle plays out.

New York Yankees Player Profiles: Greg Allen, will he see playing time in 2021?

Greg Allen, New York Yankees

The New York Yankees have done quite a bit of late to improve the team for the 2021 search for another World Championship. They finally managed to re-sign DJ LeMahieu to a six-year contract. Since then, they have signed two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber. They orchestrated a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates to bring Jameson Taillon to the Yankees. Also, they signed one of the best relievers in the game last season, Darren O’Day.

They have also made several acquisitions for the minor league system. They brought back two previous New York Yankee pitchers Adam Warren and Nestor Cortes Jr. To improve the outfield depth, they signed Greg Allen. Today we are going to get to know a little about this new Yankee player.

Greg Lomack Allen is 27 years old, born on March 15, 1993, in San Diego, California. He throws right but is a switch hitter. He played baseball at Hilltop High School in Chula Vista, California, before attending San Diego State University. There he played ball for the San Diego Azteks. In 2013, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod Baseball League, the same league that Yankee Aaron Judge played in.

After playing in the Cape Cod League, the Cleveland Indians selected Allen in the sixth round of the 2014 MLB Draft. He was assigned to the Mahoning Valley Scrapper, where he spent the entire season batting .244 with 19 RBIs while stealing 30 bases. In 2015 he was assigned to the Lake Country Captains; for them, he batted .273 with seven home runs, 43 stolen bases in 123 games. He also played a few games for the Hillcats before being promoted to the Akron Rubber Ducks. In 129 total games between the two teams, he batted .295 with seven home runs, 44 RBIs, 45 stolen bases, and a .830 OPS. After the season, the Indians assigned Allen to the Arizona Fall League.

Allen began the 2017 season with Akron. The Indians promoted him to the major leagues on September 1, 2017.[ In 71 games for Akron before his promotion, he was batting .264 with two home runs, 24 RBIs, and 21 stolen bases. On September 7, Allen hit his first MLB home run.

Allen began 2018 with the Columbus Clippers. On May 27, 2018, in the Majors, Allen hit his first career walk-off home run against the Astros in the 14th inning. On September 23, 2018, Allen hit a base hit in the bottom of the 11th inning against the Boston Red Sox, his second walk-off win for the Indians. He ended the 2018 season with a .257 batting average while stealing 21 bases.

On August 31, 2020, the Indians traded pitcher Mike Clevinger to the San Diego Padres, Allen was sent as well as part of the deal. On New Year’s Eve, Allen was designated for assignment by the Padres following Ha-seong Kim’s signing. Just six days later, he was traded to the New York Yankees for Jim Reeves.

Greg Allen is 6′ 0″, 185 pounds. He is reported not married and apparently not dating at the moment. He has been invited to spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field; if he plays well, we may see him in left field at Yankees Stadium. For now, he can begin to write his story with the Yankees.