The New York Yankees are somehow 14-11, sitting a surprising second in the American League East all without almost all of their star power like Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, Gary Sanchez, Aaron Hicks and most recently Aaron Judge, along with eight others on the injured list.
Despite those injuries, the Yankees have played some of their best baseball, winning eight of their last ten games with a lineup that tests organizational depth.
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Ever want to know how the Yankees’ less-than-ideal lineup would look like in an office setting? Here’s a rundown from the Yankees’ lineup in the 7-6 extra innings win against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
1. DJ Lemahieu, 2B — Mr. Reliable
Lemahieu is one of the lone proven players in the Yankees’ injury plague. He won the batting crown with the Colorado Rockies in 2016 and signed a friendly two-year, $24 million deal in the offseason to land in the Bronx. The Yankees felt the two-time All-Star was undervalued and certainly appears to be one of the team’s best offensive — and defensive — options so far.
2. Luke Voit, DH — Overachiever
He was an unsung hero last year when the Yankees acquired him from the Cardinals (.333 batting average and 14 home runs in 39 games) and he’s looking again like that so far in 2019. Voit, 28, extended his on-base streak to 34 games on Tuesday night.
3. Brett Gardner, CF — Leader
Gardner has been around forever, through the goods (2009 World Series) and the bad. While his name annually pops up in trade discussions, the 35-year-old continues to find consistent playing time despite a crowded Yankees outfield.
Said Yankees starter CC Sabathia: “I think the way he always plays hard on the field is a good example for guys to follow, and that naturally makes him a leader.”
4. Clint Frazier, RF — Frustrated
One of baseball’s former top prospects has been blocked in the Yankees’ crowded outfield ever since he was acquired from the Indians in the Andrew Miller trade back in 2017. After battling concussion-like symptoms for much last season, Frazier has starred since replacing Giancarlo Stanton earlier this month, batting .324 with six home runs and 17 RBI.
5. Mike Tauchman, LF — Full-time freelancer
Acquired in the offseason as a depth option, Tauchman became the Yankees’ next-man-up and finally hit his first home run in the majors after spending parts of three seasons trying to do so.
6. Gio Urshela, 3B — Part-time freelancer
The 27-year-old has floated around for a while, but his strong glove isn’t enough of a reason to keep him in an everyday lineup. Consider him the freelancer: here for the assignment, but not needed once Miguel Andujar returns from injury.
7. Mike Ford, 1B — Workaholic
Ford played at Princeton in the Ivy League, went undrafted and finally made his MLB debut this year after spending his entire career in the minors since 2013. Not bad for someone who went from little expectations to start in pinstripes.
8. Austin Romine, C – Old reliable
He’s one of the longest-tenured Yankees and some feel he’s one of the best backup catchers in baseball.
9. Tyler Wade, SS — Disgruntled
Wade has long waited for an actual opportunity with the Yankees for a few seasons but lost his opening day spot when the Yankees traded with the Rockies to get Tauchman. When Wade found out he was starting the year in the minors, he voiced his displeasure with the decision saying he felt “blindsided” by the move after doing everything that was asked.
“I did everything I could possibly do to show them I belong in the big leagues to help this team and I just know I’m able to play outfield. I’ve done this for three years now. If that’s the issues, I don’t know what the problem is,” Wade said in March.
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