Yankees trade infielder to the Giants

New York Yankees, Thairo Estrada

The addition of infielder Rougned Odor, who had a crucial RBI single late in the New York Yankees’ victory against the Tampa Bay Rays, made Thairo Estrada, a longtime backup infielder once seen with an outside chance of being a regular, expendable.

And the Yankees did just that: they traded Estrada to the San Francisco Giants for cash considerations. The infielder is now seen as organizational depth, but could have more avenues to playing time while with the Giants.

The Yankees had designated Estrada for assignment on April 6, after acquiring Odor by giving up prospects Antonio Cabello and Josh Stowers. The Rangers ended up eating most of Odor’s salary obligations.

Designating Estrada for assignment cleared up a 40-man roster space for the newcomer.

The Yankees made Estrada expendable after acquiring Odor

As for Estrada, who is currently 25, his career wasn’t the same ever since he was shot in his native Venezuela in February 2018.

It’s not the biggest of sample sizes, but Estrada is a career .214/.267/.348 hitter in 61 games at the MLB level, so he has a lot to prove if he is going to make it with the Giants. He is, however, a skilled defender in the middle infield positions (shortstop and second base) and has some decent pop from the right side of the plate.

Estrada had batted just .167 with a home run and three RBI in 28 at-bats for the Yankees in the shortened 2020 season. He had a homer and a steal, but his plate discipline stats were well below average: he had a 1.9 walk rate and a 36.5 strikeout percentage.

From 2015 to 2017, Thairo Estrada had a good run offensively with some of the Yankees’ minor leagues affiliates. Between A-, A, A+ and Double A, he had four consecutive stints of a 100+ wRC+ (weighted Runs Created Plus) in those three seasons.

New York Yankees Recap: Corey Kluber fails in Yankee loss to the Phillies

New York Yankees, Corey Kluber

The New York Yankees were in Clearwater, Florida, today taking on the Philadelphia Phillies. Corey Kluber started for the Yankees and Zack Wheeler for the Phillies. It was 84 degrees and cloudy at game time. The Yankees lost the game 6-2.

Zack Wheeler took to the mound to face DJ LeMahieu. DJ ground out to second. Gleyber Torres walked on eight pitches. Aaron Hicks was called out on strikes. Jay Bruce in for Luke Voit that is having knee surgery, but his at-bat couldn’t be completed at Gleyber Torres was caught stealing second base for the final out of the half. Corey Kluber took the mound at the bottom facing Andrew McCutchen; McCutchen singled to short. Rhys Hoskins flew out, and Bryce Harper struck out, Bohm walked, Gregorious ground out to end the inning.

Jay Bruce led off the top of the second; he doubled to centerfield. Clint Frazier ground out to second, Gary Sanchez struck out. Mike Tauchman struck out on Wheeler’s eight-pitch of the at-bat. Segura faced Kluber at the bottom and walked. Miller struck out, and Herrera struck out swinging. Knapp flew out to Aaron Hicks for the final out of the inning. No score.

Austin Wells led off the third for the Yankees; he was called out on strikes. Wade ground out to Gregorius, and DJ ground out to end the half. At the bottom, McCutchen struck out, Hoskins singled, and Harper walked for two on and no outs. Bohm singled to load the bases. Gregorius was hit by a pitch driving in Hoskins as Kluber lacked control. Segura had a sac fly that scored Harper. Miller walked, reloading the bases, and Kluber was pulled from the game in favor of Brooks Kriske. Herrera ground out, leaving the bases filled with Phillies. Phillies 2 Yankees 0.

Vince Velasquez took over the pitching for the Phillies at the fourth. Gleyber Torres struck out, Aaron Hicks flew out to right, and Bruce struck out as Phillies’ pitching confused the Yankee hitters. The New York Yankees brought Kluber back out at the bottom to build up his pitch count. This was his last game of the spring, and the Yankees would like to see him get up to 80-85 pitches. In a puzzling move, they only allowed him to face two batters, Knapp flew out, and McCutchen stuck out, then replaced him with Nick Nelson. Hoskins struck swinging for the final out.

Frazier led off the fifth; he singled with a line drive to center. Sanchez struck out swinging, Frazier stole second and took third on a Philly throwing error. LaMarre had a sac fly scoring Frazier and getting the Yankees on the board. Austin Wells singled, LeMahieu flew out to end the inning, but the Yankees picked up a run Phillies 2 Yankees 1. Bryce Harper against Nelson ground out to short. Bohm doubled. Gregorius ground out to second. Maton running for Harper moved to third. Segura ground out to strand Maton at third. Phillies 2 Yankees 1.

With David Hale on the mound, Gleyber Torres struck out swinging. Hicks ground out to second. Bruce walked, and Frazier ground out to end the half. Aroldis Chapman took the bottom of the sixth inning. Miller struck out swinging on a 96 mph Chapman fastball. Herrera flew out to left. Knap ground out to short to end the inning. It was a nice bounce-back for Chapman after giving up 3 runs to the Orioles. Phillies 2 Yankees 1.

Archie Bradley started the seventh against Gary Sanchez, who stuck out and was 0-3 for the day. LaMarre singled, and Josh Breaux struck out, and LaMarre was caught stealing to end the half. Luis Cessa was out for the bottom; he stuck out Quinn. Duran singled. Vierling ground into a forceout. Maton doubled Vierling scored. Luis Garcia doubled driving in Maton. Stot singled driving in Garcia. Miller struck out, but the Phillies picked up 3 runs. Phillies 5 Yankees 1.

The top of the eighth saw Tyler Wade leading off for the Yankees; he doubled. Wade went to third on a passed ball. Hoy Jun Park struck out. Armando Alvarez struck out, and Milone struck out, wasting Wade’s double. At the bottom prospect, Luis Medina took over the pitching for the Yankees. Medina ground out Marchan. Rojas ground out, and Quinn walked and stole second. Duran singled driving in Quinn but was called out at second. Phillies 6 Yankees 1.

With last licks on the line for the New York Yankees, Thairo Estrada led off homering to far left-center. Estevan Florial flew out. Max McDowell was called out on strikes and LaMarre struck out ending the game. The final score was Phillies 6 and the Yankees 2. The winning pitcher was Zack Wheeler and the loser Corey Kluber.

New York Yankees: It’s time to move on from Tyler Wade

New York Yankees, Tyler Wade

Coming into Spring Training, it was expected that Tyler Wade would assume the role of the New York Yankees utility man. His speed and ability to play both infield and outfield made the team high on him despite his poor hitting. However, things could potentially be changing for the 26-year-old. Wade has struggled this spring and hasn’t shown any improvement on the offensive end since his debut in 2017. Could this potentially be the end of the road for Wade?

Fortunately for him, his competitors for the utility role haven’t performed well either. However, manager Aaron Boone said earlier in Spring Training that he wants experience on his roster. Wade doesn’t have a ton of MLB experience, but eight-year veteran Derek Dietrich does.

Dietrich gives the Yankees lefty power, something the team really lacks. A guy like Tyler Wade doesn’t have home run power, but can put balls in the gap for doubles. Three of his seven hits this spring are for extra bases. Dietrich has had stronger power numbers in the last few seasons, even putting up an OPS greater than .800 in 2020 despite a sub-.200 batting average.

As mentioned earlier, the downside of having Dietrich over Wade is speed and defense. Altough Dietrich can play second, third, and left field, he isn’t a strong defender nor very fast. If the team had greater roster space, both players would be assets to the MLB team, but it doesn’t seem plausible to carry both right now. The team would rather carry another pitcher over a back-up infielder.

A third player in the equation is Thairo Estrada. In 23 Spring Training plate appearance, his OPS is below .600, giving him a very low chance to make the team. Similarly to Wade, Estrada is fast and versatile but lacks a lot of offense. He does, however, have more pop in his bat compared to Wade.

So, by the looks of it, Derek Dietrich could be on the MLB roster to open up the 2021 season. The only problem is that the Yankees 40-man roster is full, meaning the team would have to clear space to sign him to a MLB contract. In addition to Dietrich, Jay Bruce is seemingly in a similar position, as he’s had a strong Spring Training and in position to make the team.

The Yankees will have tough decisions if they want to keep both Dietrich and Bruce on the team. One name that comes to mind as to who could be moved is Mike Tauchman. Tauchman bat just .208 with a .698 OPS this spring and could be on his way out. He struggled last season as well, but if the Yankees were to place him on waivers, it shouldn’t take long for him to be picked up by a team.

Another name who could be on the move is Mike Ford. He’s just 3-for-23 this spring, and is coming off a disappointing 2020 campaign that saw him go 7-of-36.

The Yankees could also consider moving on from Tyler Wade completely. He has a minor league option remaining, however, a change of scenery could be what’s best for him. If he were to have an opportunity with a rebuilding franchise, it could be his best chance to make a serious major league career. The way he’s going with the Yankees, he’ll never get the opportunity he truly desires.

Wade is entering the prime of this career, and he certainly doesn’t want to spend it on the Yankees bench or in AAA. DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, meaning Wade will never get an extended starting opportunity in New York. Moving on from Wade will give Derek Dietrich a shot with the Yankees and allow for Wade to have an opportunity with another team.

New York Yankees Recap: Gerrit Cole dominant, Yankee hitters awaken in win

New York Yankees, Gerrit Cole

The New York Yankees were at Dunedin, Florida, to face the Toronto Blue Jays. Today is a preview of what Yankee fans might expect because the starting pitcher for the Yankees is Gerrit Cole, and the team is the team he will face on Opening Day, on April 1st, at Yankee Stadium. Today he will face the Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Tanner Roark. For Florida, it was a cool day for baseball. The game-time temperature was 57 degrees, and the game was played under cloudy skies. The Yankees won the game 8-3.

Brett Gardner faced Roark to open the game. Gardner worked the count for eight pitches but struck out. Aaron Judge singled to left, Aaron Hicks walked, and Luke Voit he a long line drive to the left-field fence. Aaron Judge scored for the early Yankees lead. Clint Frazier did the job flying a ball out over the centerfielder’s head, driving in Hicks and Voit for the 3-0 Yankee lead. Derek Dietrich at the plate Roark threw a wild pitch moving Frazier to third. Dietrich singled, driving in Frazier and driving pitcher Roark out of the game with just one out to his name. This had to be deflating for Tanner Roark because previous to this game, he had not allowed a run in his three starts, and in this one, he gave up 4 runs without allowing a home run.

The Jays replaced Roark with Anthony Castro. Higashioka, with one on, faced Castro and struck out swinging for the second out. Thairo Estrada finally finished off the top of the first by lining out. At the bottom with Gerrit Cole on the mound with Higashioka catching, George Springer flew out to Brett Gardner. Biggio singled. Bichette struck out. Vlad Guerrero Jr., who has successfully hit in his last seven at-bats, walked. Hernandez struck out to end the 34-minute inning. Yankees 4 Jays 0. Cole looked better in this first inning than in any game so far in the spring.

In an unusual move, the Jays brought Tanner Roark back out in the second inning. Tyler Wade hit a standup double to center. Gardner flew out, and Aaron Judge singled, but Wade got caught trying to make it to third for the second out. Hicks struck out stranding Judge at first. At the bottom, Semien struck out, Grichuk singled, Panik hit into a double play ending the inning for Cole.

Luke Voit led off the third inning against Roark. Voit had an infield single down the left-field line. Frazier was caught looking. Dietrich struck out, and Higashioka singled with a pop fly to noman’s land in center. Voit to third. Estrada had a three-run home run for the New York Yankee’s seven-run lead. Tyler Wade struck out swinging. Yankees 7 Jays 0. At the bottom, Cole struck out Jensen, Springer, and Biggio for a quick 1-2-3 inning. Yankees 7 Jays 0.

A.J. Cole pitched the fourth for the Jays. Gardner singled with a blooper to left. Judge struck out, and Gardner was caught stealing in a strike em out throw em out double play, two outs. Hicks walked for his second time in the game. Voit flew one out to the center field that Springer caught on the warning track. Gerrit Cole out for his fourth inning of work and continued where he left off in the third by striking out Bichette for his fourth strikeout in a row.  Guerrero Jr. ground out to third, followed by a strikeout of Hernandez.

Anthony Kay pitched for the Jays in the fifth. Frazier ground out. Dietrich struck out swinging. Higgy flew out to center of the fastest half for the Jays.  Cole, with only 62 pitches, was back out for the bottom. Semien immediately homered off Cole. Crichuk singled to left. Panik ground into a double play. Jansen tapped back to the mound. Yankees 7 Jays 1.

Kay back out for the sixth walked Estrada. With Wade hitting, Estrada stole second. Wade singled, scoring Estrada and Wade went to second on the throw to home. Gardner lined out to first, Wade advanced to third. Judge looking for his first home run of spring walked. Hicks popped out. Voit struck out, leaving two on base, but the Yankees picked up another run. Yankees 8 Jays 1. At the bottom, Asher Wojciechowski took over for Cole in the sixth. Springer flew out. Biggio struck out, and Bichette also struck out.

Frazier had a long single to left. Velasquez singled Frazier out at second in a failed double play. Brantly, who took over catching for Higgy, lined out into a double play. White for the Jays stuck out. Facing Hernandez, Wojo immediately felt something and was out of the game. He was replaced by Lucas Luetge, one of the Yankees’ best relievers; unfortunately, the move didn’t work out well as Hernandez homered off him. Espinal lined out. Grichuk bounced out to Wade. Yankees 8 Jays 2.

Estrada, at the top of the eighth, flew out to center. Wade struck out, and Greg Allen ground for a quick half for Kay. Kay held down the New York Yankees for four innings. Kevin Smith got the second home run off Luetge to start the bottom. Adams ground out. Davis struck out. Urena had a two-out double, knocking Luetge out of the game. Addison Russ took over for Luetge. Russ retired Valera, who flew out. Yankees 8 Jays 3.

The top of the ninth saw Kirby Snead, the new Jays pitcher; he hit Seigler, who took first. Florial popped out. LaMarre flew out, and Gittens singled. Velasquez, with men on the corners, struck out, leaving the two on. The New York Yankees sent Nick Goody out to close it out for them in the bottom. White led off with a double. Palacios struck out, although he claimed he was hit on the elbow. Espinal flew out. With the Jays down to their last out, they brought out Miguel Hiraldo to pinch-hit. He struck out, and that was the game.

The final score was Yankees 8 and the Blue Jays 3. The winning pitcher was Gerrit Cole and the loser was Tanner Roark.  All three Jays’ runs were solo home runs—one off Cole and two off Luetge, who hadn’t allowed a run before this game.  The Yankees hitting that has been sparse in the last few games came alive with 12 hits, one of them a homer by Thairo Estrada.

 

 

Should the New York Yankees finally give up on Tyler Wade?

New York Yankees, Tyler Wade

Tyler Wade is in his fourth season as a member of the New York Yankees, and he’s once again struggling. He’s just 7-of-43 with a home run, three RBIs, and a .539 OPS in 2020.

Wade struggling for the Yankees isn’t something out of the ordinary. 2019 was the only season that he’s hit above .200 (.245), and his career average is just a sub-par .192. In this day and age, players can still be productive even with a low average, but that isn’t the case with Wade. He’s a contact hitter and his game relies on getting base hits. Wade just doesn’t have enough power to stay productive. He has just four home runs and 21 RBIs.

Well, why do the Yankees keep bringing him back? Wade is one of the fastest players in the league and can steal bases. He has 10 career stolen bases and has been caught just once. The lefty-hitting infielder is also a slightly above average defender, as he has two defensive runs saved in 2020.

Is it time the Yankees give up on Wade? He’s never panned out the way the team has hoped, and they’ve given him plenty of opportunities. Maybe a change of scenery for Wade would be the best thing for him, a way to possibly jump-start his career. Plus, no player is happy spending so much time in AAA, as that’s where Wade spends more time at than the big-leagues. He has just over a year of service time even though this is his fourth year in the majors.

The Yankees also have Thairo Estrada to take the place of Wade if he gets dealt in the offseason. Estrada has been much better than Wade, sporting a .244 career average.

Should the Yankees finally bite the bullet and give up on Tyler Wade?

 

New York Yankees: Is Gleyber Torres the Future at Shortstop?

New York Yankees, Didi Gregorius

The New York Yankees are in the midst of a seven-game winning streak. A big reason for why that all started was Gleyber Torres.

In the final game of the opening series, against the Washington Nationals. Torres sparked a late-game rally by hitting a solo home run in the top of the 7th, taking out the gem-throwing Patrick Corbin. Then in the top of the eighth inning, he drove in Aaron Hicks on a single to left field, which was the game-winning run.

There are many questions surrounding the Yankees about replacing Didi Gregorius’s excellence at shortstop. Can Torres improve his defense to stay at short? Can Tyler Wade or Thairo Estrada break out, possibly shifting LeMahieu to first? How long will it take Anthony Volpe to make it to the majors? Will the Yankees go after Francisco Lindor?

Options for Boone at Shortstop

Gleyber Torres

The obvious answer for right now. Cashman traded for him to hopefully replace Derek Jeter in the long run. So far, he has shown he can do that. Torres has proven he can develop into a future MVP and captain in this league. Also, a quick reminder that he is only 23 years old. The only problem is: will his ability to hit for power at such a young age move him to second or third base like Alex Rodriguez?

Tyler Wade

The 25-year-old Wade has proven he can compete for a starting job, with his spark plug performances off the bench. He is also a better defender than Torres and has more range as well. However, his inconsistency at the plate will hurt his chances at getting that job.

Thairo Estrada

A less likely candidate to take over Torres’s spot at shortstop, but definitely not out of the question. He impressed the coaching staff in summer camp with his surprise of power off the starting rotation. His primary position is second base and may not have the arm strength to make deeper plays at short.

Anthony Volpe

His name is only on here as a long-term option. Volpe most likely needs 3 to 4 full years of baseball before he gets to the majors. He was a first-round pick for a reason. Time will tell to see if he has what it takes to be the next face of the franchise.

This could be an issue that Boone and Cashman should discuss if it becomes apparent that Torres is not the future at shortstop. For the meantime, Torres seems to be holding his own out there, and as long as he keeps mashing, he will only get rewarded even more.

 

New York Yankees option Andujar, Nelson and Estrada to their alternate training site

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

The New York Yankees had until 12 p.m. ET to trim their roster from 30 players to 28, to comply with MLB rules. To do that, they decided, somewhat surprisingly, to option infielder-outfielder Miguel Andujar to their alternate training site.

The Yankees also optioned right-handed pitcher Nick Nelson and infielder Thairo Estrada. Andujar, one of the most talented young Bombers in the squad, has failed to impress at any defensive position. Gio Urshela took third base away from him and he hasn’t looked entirely comfortable in the outfield either.

He is in the New York Yankees’ plans because of his bat, but he has really struggled this year, going 1-for-14 with no walks and three strikeouts. Either way, he figures to return eventually to the active roster.

All three should eventually be back with the Yankees

Nelson had a fine MLB debut on August 1 against the Boston Red Sox, twirling three scoreless innings with no hits allowed, a couple of bases on balls and four strikeouts. However, he was hammered in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies, to the tune of seven runs allowed (six earned) in 1.2 frames.

It’s fair to say that his defense didn’t do Nelson any favors, but he looked like an entirely different pitcher from his debut. He will go to the alterntate training site with an inflated 11.57 ERA and a 2.14 WHIP in 4.2 innings, with four punchouts.

Estrada actually made the New York Yankees’ roster out of summer camp, but because of the team depth, he has only two plate appearances and a perfect 1.000 average. As it will probably happen with Andujar and Nelson, the talented, glove-first infielder figures to be back eventually to help the team.

The Yankees split yesterday’s doubleheader with the Phillies and will take on Philadelphia again on Thursday. They are currently leading the AL East.

New York Yankees: Can Thairo Estrada make the 25-man roster?

New York Yankees, Thairo Estrada

New York Yankees’ Thairo Estrada has been an interesting story in Summer Camp so far. He has shocked fans and coaches by outhitting everyone in Summer Camp. Estrada made his MLB debut with the Yankees last year. Is it time for him to embrace a permanent role in New York?

Before Summer Camp, it seemed almost impossible for Estrada to get a roster spot to start the season. New York has a lot of depth in the infield and it seemed like they already knew who they were taking before Summer Camp even started. However, Estrada’s recent performance in intrasquad and exhibition games have fans wondering if New York might make room for the 24-year old. He’s a great all-around player and might shine in a bench player role. Estrada is a great fielder and hitter, has excellent speed, and is a great base runner. However, it doesn’t seem like the odds are in his favor. Despite him being such a great all-around player, the depth that Yankees have decreases his chances of making the roster tremendously. Especially now that DJ LeMahieu has been cleared and is ready to go. 

The competition right now is between Estrada and Wade. Even though Estrada has hit better than Wade, the Yankees seem to trust Wade more. He is another player that is great all-around and also has a lot more experience in pinstripes compared to Thairo. Plus, the new man on second base rule in extra innings will fit Tyler Wade perfectly. He is no doubt the fastest player on the team and this new rule gives him an even bigger role in helping the Yankees win.  

But, is it possible the Yankees take him?

Although LeMahieu is back, he might not be game ready with less than a week to get ready. With that being said, Tyler Wade will likely start at second on Opening Day. Meaning, Thairo Estrada could serve a bench role for the Yankees until LeMahieu gets back on his feet. However, it doesn’t seem likely that Wade starts more than 2-3 games so even if Estrada makes the roster, it won’t be for that long. 

It is very hard to see an opportunity for Estrada to be on the roster for an extended period of time. But, his name will definitely be on the top of the list if someone gets injured. It’s another situation in which a great player is held back by a great team. Estrada would have no struggle starting for most teams in the MLB. It doesn’t look like the Yankees have any plans to trade him and seem to have loads of trust in the young infielder. Look to see how Thairo Estrada plays a role in the New York Yankees’ success this season.

Thairo Estrada has a strong case to be the MVP of the New York Yankees’ summer camp

New York Yankees, Thairo Estrada

We are in an atypical position, as we are currently seeing a version the MLB’s spring training being played in summertime. Baseball has referred to it as “summer camp.” And since it is an atypical moment, we also may have an atypical star in the New York Yankees.

Thairo Estrada has always flashed his good leather in the infield’s middle positions, shortstop and second base. He is, however, adding an offense element to his game that will also make him a dangerous hitter, still developing game power to go with his contact ability, good wheels and sound defense.

He was the star of the New York Yankees’ intrasquad games, with three home runs, doubles, singles and solid contact in general. And, against the New York Mets at Citi Field on Saturday, the 24-year-old had an RBI single in the ninth inning to help contribute in his team’s 9-3 win.

Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone himself has proclaimed Estrada as the “MVP of Summer Camp.”

The Yankees may have an opening for him

That is a positive development for him, as DJ LeMahieu, the Yankees’ second baseman. is uncertain to be ready for the start of the season after reporting to camp just a couple of days ago. Estrada, Tyler Wade and Matt Duffy are candidates to replace him for a few days if he is unable to occupy his position from the go.

“Versatility is certainly one of the things that’s very appealing about Thairo,” Boone said, noting Estrada’s ability to play three infield positions and the outfield. “He did a good job with the bat last year. I feel like he’s even better this year, and I just love the makeup of the person. There’s a lot of things that Thairo brings to the table, and his performance has been outstanding. Add all those things up and he’s very much in play.”

Estrada slashed .266/.313/.452 and hit eight home runs in 60 games at Triple A in 2019, and in 35 games with the Yankees he hit .250/.294/.438 with three homers and four thefts. After years of sub-.400 slugging percentages in the minors, he has been working on developing power, and it has paid off.

The Yankees have one underrated stud on the roster they need to start trusting

New York Yankees, Thairo Estrada

The New York Yankees have to make a few difficult decisions with the regular season starting in just eight days. Facing off against the Washington Nationals on July 23, they will pose a significant threat to the start of a condensed 60-game season. Supplementing the loss of DJ LeMahieu will be incredibly problematic. He is considered one of the Yankees’ best hitters and arguably the squad’s best defensive infielders.

The Yankees have been testing both Tyler Wade and Thairo Estrada at second base to see how they react to competition. While Wade continues to dominate on the base paths, Estrada has been excelled in every other facet. I believe Wade will make the active roster based on his usability and lightning-quick speed (especially in an extra-innings scenario).

However, the 24-year-old prospect from Venezuela has been a bright light during summer camp intrasquad play. This past spring, he played 11 games, totaling 33 innings and racking up five RBIs in the process.

Estrada hasn’t had an easy time climbing to the top of the totem pole with the Yankees. He was shot in the hip at 21 years old while in Venezuela. Luckily, he survived with minimal complications but is still battling through the physical toll of such an event. His recovery in 2019 was a promising sight, as he placed himself in the hearts of fans with his performance. During the Yankees’ first 60 games last year, Estrada had the second-highest slugging percentage at .565 and 50 plate appearances.

The Yankees are seeing what Estrada is capable of

So far this summer camp, he has hit three home runs and is establishing himself as a primary option to replace LeMahieu in the short term. In fact, he could land himself an active roster spot to supplement shortstop and second base. Last year over 17 games at second base, he was a perfect fielder, surrendering zero errors and turning six double plays.

Estrada continues to impress management with his performance, and he is likely the most undervalued player on the roster and deserves a chance to show off what he can do.