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Mar 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) hits a double during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) hits a double during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

For Yankees fans, it's easy to get lost in a lineup that features heavy hitters like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez. Even Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar have created a buzz in their rookie seasons. And we can't forget the first base battle between Luke Voit and Greg Bird

But, to Tino Martinez, all of these Yankees mentioned are not the catalyst of this loaded roster in 2019. It's a fresh face in the clubhouse, but one Martinez knows fans will come to love rather quickly.

"I would say the guy that was not talked about at Spring Training was DJ LeMahieu," Martinez told SNY at Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall, which was transformed into the "Judge's Chambers" on Wednesday in return of the Pepsi Zero Sugar "Judge for Yourself" campaign. "He won the batting title a couple years ago (2016), hit .348. He can play second, third and first all very well and, again, he's a great hitter. He's going to hit .300, at least 20 home runs. Very quiet guy, so you don't talk about him much but I think he's going to have the biggest impact on the team as well."

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Feb 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) works out at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) works out at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

TAMPA -- As the game of baseball has changed, so too have the majority of hitters.

With the Mets in 2015, Daniel Murphy became the poster child for a growing group who decided to try to lift the ball in an effort to hit more home runs, changing the approach that had gotten them to the big leagues in the first place. Murphy, baseball's king of contact, transformed right as front offices began to value power more than ever.

Now, as teams begin to realize their roster construction might skew a little too far towards all-or-nothing hitters, the man Murphy has replaced in Colorado might be happy he's stayed the same...

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