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New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Following a season in which the New York Yankees finished fourth in the division and traded away several big-name players for top prospects, GM Brian Cashman said he felt both proud and hopeful the team's youth movement will pan out.

"It's my job as general manager of the Yankees to be utilizing every tool in the tool box so we can be the best we can possibly be," Cashman told USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale. "I'm proud of the fact that we're not afraid to be open-minded at all times. I'm proud that the ownership has given me that freedom to do that, while also recognizing that, hey, we're the New York Yankees."

While the Yankees missed the postseason for the third time in four years and have yet to reach the World Series since 2009, Cashman hopes the moves New York made over the past nine months, which included trading Andrew MillerAroldis ChapmanBrian McCann and Carlos Beltran in an effort to shed payroll and acquire top-level prospects.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Often times with spring training position battles, there is a clear winner and a certain loser, making life easier for the club to move forward. There are also circumstances when each player demonstrates the ability to handle the full time role but only one can make the roster due to lack of space. The Yankees are fortunate that their internal battle for the right field position has produced two of the better springs from all players in camp and that they can figure out a way to get each player a significant number of plate appearances this season.

Aaron Hicks entered camp as the player many have been waiting to see reach his potential. Meanwhile his competitor, Aaron Judge, was considered a part of the organization's future but there was uncertainty to his readiness. Both players have performed quite well this spring, to the point that the "winner" has become too close to call according to Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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(Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

CC Sabathia allowed nine hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Yankees beat the Phillies, 3-2, on Friday afternoon >> Box score


  • Sabathia walked one and struck out one during his 5 1/3 innings. His ERA for the spring is now 6.75.
  • Luis Severino struck out five batters in three perfect innings.
  • Aaron Judge went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Luis Severino
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Jordan Montgomery struck out eight batters in 4 1/3 innings as the Yankees tied the Rays, 5-5, on Thursday afternoon >> Box score


  • Montgomery allowed two runs on three hits while walking none during his 4 1/3 innings. His ERA this spring is 3.68.
  • Ronald Torreyes went 2-for-3 with a home run.
  • Aaron Judge went 2-for-3, and Greg Bird went 1-for-3 with a double...
Tags: Aaron Judge, Chasen Shreve, Greg Bird, Ronald Torreyes
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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

Luis Severino allowed one run on two hits while walking one and striking out four in three innings as the Yankees lost to the Rays, 10-6, on Tuesday >> Read the full box score here


  • Gary Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a homer -- his fourth of the spring.
  • Greg Bird went 2-for-3 and is hitting .429.
  • SS prospect Gleyber Torres went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer...
Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) in the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) in the dugout before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

Spring training is just a couple of weeks old, so managers are tinkering around with many lineup variations to see if certain iterations work better than others. Let's discuss some lineup options - based on handedness and substitutions - that Yankees manager Joe Girardi might consider for this season.

Versus right-handed pitcher

There are plenty of other variations that Girardi can go to, however, these two show what I envision he'll explore the most. Keep in mind, the Yankees do not expect to have any left-handed hitting bench options other than Aaron Hicks (a switch-hitter) if he loses the right field job.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ronald Torreyes, Chris Carelli
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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jordan Johnson)
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jordan Johnson)

Latest Update (Mar. 9)

9:45AM: The White Sox have had a scout evaluating talent at the Yankees' exhibition games this spring, leading many in the industry to believe that Chicago has targeted the Yankees as a possible trade partner if they decide to move starting LHP Jose Quintanaaccording to George A. King of the New York Post.

King adds that the Yankees are unwilling to trade Gary SanchezGreg BirdGleyber TorresJustus Sheffield, or Aaron Judge, which could take them out of the mix for Quintana.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Masahiro Tanaka
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 (Dan Hamilton)
(Dan Hamilton)

The Yankees beat the Rays, 7-6, in 10 innings on Tuesday afternoon in Tampa.

Entering the bottom of the 10th trailing 6-4, the Yankees got a sacrifice fly from Ruben Tejada, followed by an RBI ground-rule double by Rashad Crawford and run-scoring single by Tyler Wade to win, 7-6.


  • CC Sabathia made his first start of Spring Training, tossing two scorelss innings while allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out two.
  • Adam Warren allowed two runs on four hits (including two home runs) while walking one and striking out none in three innings. Warren, who is battling for a spot in the starting rotation, has a 3.38 ERA this spring.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Ruben Tejada
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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge flies out during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge flies out during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

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Spring Training baseball is filled with surprising developments and Yankees camp has been no different. Yet, we all know that some of what happens in is quickly dispelled as it progresses, or dissipates as teams head north to begin the regular season. With the Yankees off to a 9-3 start, which performances can the team confidently embrace?

One of the Yankees' biggest questions heading into spring training centered on Aaron Judge's ability to make the necessary adjustments to his swing and approach at the plate as he competes for the starting right field job. The common belief was if Judge, who turns 25 years old in April, failed to display significant improvement at the plate, he would find himself in Triple-A at the start of the season...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Bryan Mitchell, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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Mar 30, 2016; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Bryan Mitchell (55) pitches during the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Mar 30, 2016; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Bryan Mitchell (55) pitches during the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

The Yankees lost to the Pirates, 13-1, on Monday afternoon.


  • Bryan Mitchell allowed four runs on six hits while walking none and striking out two in 2 1/3 innings.
  • LHP Jon Niese tossed one perfect inning.
  • INF Starlin Castro went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts. 
  • OF Aaron Judge went 1-for-3 with a strikeout...
Tags: Aaron Judge, Bryan Mitchell, Jon Niese, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Severino throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Severino throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-2, on the road on Friday.


  • RHP Luis Severino struggled, allowing two runs, four hits and a walk in 2 1/3 innings. He struck out four batters and gave up a two-run home run to Jose Bautista.
  • Aaron Judge went 2-for-3, while Jacoby Ellsbury and Austin Romine each went 1-for-3.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Luis Severino, Toronto Blue Jays
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New York Yankees center fielder Clint Frazier singles during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Clint Frazier singles during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

MLB.com ranked the New York Yankees' farm system No. 2 in baseball on Friday.

Writers Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Mike Rosenbaum graded the Yankees, who have seven prospects in MLB.com's top 100, just beneath the Atlanta Braves.

Gleyber Torres was ranked MLB.com's No. 3 prospect in baseball, while Clint FrazierBlake RutherfordAaron JudgeJorge MateoJames Kaprielian and Justus Sheffield all ranked in the top 79.

On MLB.com's point scale that gives the No. 1 prospect 100 points, No. 2 prospect 99 points, and so on, the Yankees led all 30 MLB teams with 414 points, followed by the Chicago White Sox's 379 points and the Braves' 363.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, James Kaprielian, Jorge Mateo
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Yankees beat the Orioles, 4-1, on Monday afternoon.


  • Greg Bird served as the designated hitter and went 2-for3.
  • Aaron Judge went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
  • Chad Green got the start and allowed one hit and one walk in two innings...
Tags: Aaron Judge, Greg Bird
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 (Butch Dill)
(Butch Dill)

The Yankees beat the Phillies, 9-4, on Friday afternoon in Tampa.


  • Didi Gregorius went 1-for-3 with a homer.
  • Aaron Judge went 1-for-2 with a homer.
  • Kyle Higashioka also homered...
Tags: Aaron Judge, Bryan Mitchell, Didi Gregorius, Luis Cessa, Tyler Clippard
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

Rebuild. Transition. Whatever we call it, the Yankees are operating the organization differently than they have in recent memory. What remains to be seen is whether the Yankees will stay the course regardless of whether they are winning or losing. I suggest it is imperative they do.

How the Yankees handled 2016 and the offseason

The Yankees felt comfortable entering 2016 as a few veterans experienced comeback efforts in 2015. However, a slow start and poor production through the middle of the season for some of those same players, pushed the Yankees into a direction unseen in decades...

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Michael Pineda, Tyler Austin, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

Yankees manager Joe Girardi begins his 10th season as the club's skipper with arguably his toughest test ahead of him. Until the 2016 trade deadline passed, Girardi consistently managed a roster filled with star-studded, high-salaried, yet older players. When the dust settled, Girardi was in the midst of a full-blown transition, with a roster teeming with young talent. In the final year of his contract, can Girardi get the most out of the youngest team the Yankees have fielded since the 1990s, and thus earn another contract?

How did Girardi fare in 2016?

Coming off a Wild Card appearance in 2015, the Yankees returned a bulk of the same roster for 2016 with renewed expectations. Unfortunately, not all the veterans were able to replicate their inspired play from 2015. The Yankees got off to a 9-17 start and found themselves at the .500 mark as they reached the trade deadline...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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 (Gary A. Vasquez)
(Gary A. Vasquez)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge says he feels like an underdog heading into this season.

"I feel like an underdog," Judge said Monday in Tampa, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. "I'm fitting to go in there and take a job, to be honest."

Yankees GM Brian Cashman suggested last week that the right field Judge is the 24-year-old Judge's to lose.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks on the dugout phone during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks on the dugout phone during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

While a good number of players have already reported to Tampa, Tuesday marks the official beginning of spring training for the New York Yankees. As any other club, the Yankees have several areas of uncertainty which they hope will be resolved by April.

Who rounds out rotation?

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Alroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Austin, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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 (Butch Dill)
(Butch Dill)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman thinks the team can contend this season, he said during an interview on WFAN with Mike Francesa on Thursday.

"It can be," he said about the team contending. "Obviously, i think we saw a glimpse of the potential last year." Cashman added the run the team went on toward the end of last season -- along with new acquisitions -- gives them "hope" for this season.

Regarding Chris Carter, who the team recently agreed to a one-year deal with, Cashman said the hope remains that Greg Bird will win the full-time job at first base. However, he said the Yankees couldn't pass up an opportunity to sign Carter once his price got so low...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Greg Bird
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 (Gary A. Vasquez)
(Gary A. Vasquez)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The Yankees' youth movement will be in full effect in right field this season. The club will give long-time prospect Aaron Judge a chance to win the role full time with the initial fallback option being former first-round pick Aaron Hicks. If it gets beyond these two players, the Yankees could be forced to institute a revolving door of right fielders in 2017.

How they fared in 2016

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, 2017 Expectations, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres was named the third-best prospect by the MLB Network on its Top 100 prospects show Saturday night.

Previous reports

Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres was ranked the No. 4 prospect in baseball ESPN's Keith Law.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, James Kaprielian, Jorge Mateo
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New York Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres was ranked the No. 4 prospect in baseball by ESPN's Keith Law.

Law wrote Torres, who the Yankees acquired from the Chicago Cubs in last summer's Aroldis Chapman trade, is "the Yankees' new shortstop of the future, a player with All-Star upside and a very high floor because of his feel for hitting.

"To get this kind of player for two months of a one-inning reliever has to make Yankee fans' hearts sing," Law added.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, James Kaprielian, Jorge Mateo
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New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge is the 44th-best prospect in baseball, according to a list recently published by ESPN.com's Keith Law.

"Judge is enormous -- 6-foot-7 and listed at 275 pounds -- with a strike zone to match," Law said. "Covering the inner third and the outside corner simultaneously has been an ongoing challenge for him, with pitchers at each level commanding the ball better to exploit this issue. He has shown that he can tighten up his discipline after some time at each level, though doing so in the majors will be the hardest challenge he has faced."

 

 

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 (Butch Dill)
(Butch Dill)

The Yankees will almost certainly head in to Spring Training without making any further roster moves, GM Brian Cashman said recently.

"Realistically, the trade front has been the more active conversations, not that there's anything pending," Cashman said, according to Byran Hoch of MLB.com. "I do believe we're at 99.9 percent plus that what we have is what we're going to camp with, but you have to continue to stay engaged."

The Yankees have had interest in trading for Pirates LHP Jose Quintana, but Cashman said the price tags on certain players have been exorbitant.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino
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 (Michael Dwyer/AP)
(Michael Dwyer/AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The Yankees' 2016 season did not end with a postseason appearance, but there were still plenty of big moments. Rather than relive each one, let's see how some of those circumstances might shape the 2017 season...

Chapman redux

Tags: Aaron Judge, Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits an RBI single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits an RBI single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. ( Adam Hunger)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

If Yankees GM Brian Cashman hopes to add new pieces to the roster or significantly change from within, it will likely come at the expense of left fielder Brett Gardner.

Cashman arrived at the Winter Meetings ahead of his normal offseason pace having made a preliminary move Sunday, signing Matt Holliday to be their primary designated hitter. The team left Thursday having agreed to terms with Aroldis Chapman for five years, $86 million to be their closer.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Brett Gardner, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge leaps but can't catch a two-run home run by Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge leaps but can't catch a two-run home run by Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said he expects Aaron Judge to be the team's starting right fielder to open the 2017 season.

"He's got some work to do; he knows that," Steinbrenner told YES Network, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. "We're going to figure out exactly what we think is wrong. My expectations are he's going to be my starting right fielder this year. That's a big deal and a big opportunity. I know he's going to make the most of it."

Judge, a top outfield prospect, made his MLB debut last season in early August, but struggled to a .179/.263/.345 batting line with four home runs, 10 RBIs and 42 strikeouts in 27 games. He will still retain rookie status because he only had 95 plate appearances.

With Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Judge hit .270 with 19 home runs and 65 RBIs in 93 games. Prior to 2016, Judge was ranked Baseball Prospectus' No. 18 prospect, MLB.com's No. 31 prospect and Baseball America's No. 76 prospect.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Tyler Austin, Yoenis Cespedes
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East infielder Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Surprise Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
East infielder Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Surprise Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

In its latest rankings, Baseball Prospectus has ranked SS Gleyber Torres as the Yankees' top prospect heading into 2017.

Torres hit a combined .270 with 11 HRs, 66 RBIs, and 21 stolen bases in 125 games between New York and Chicago's Advanced-A affiliates.

The Yankees acquired Torres from the Cubs in July as part of the trade that sent Aroldis Chapman to Chicago.

Here is BP's full list of New York's top 10 prospects:

  1. SS Gleyber Torres
  2. OF Clint Frazier
  3. 2B/SS Jorge Mateo
  4. OF Blake Rutherford
  5. LHP Justus Sheffield
  6. RHP James Kaprielian
  7. RF Aaron Judge
  8. RHP Albert Abreu
  9. IF/OF Tyler Wade
  10. RHP Chance Adams
Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, James Kaprielian, Jorge Mateo
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) bats against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Danny Wild)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) bats against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Danny Wild)

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Last offseason, the New York Yankees professed to have a quartet of players that were off the table in trade talks. The Yankees engaged in a significant sell-off during the summer, further filling the farm system with some of the game's more highly touted players, making one believe the number of untouchable players might grow. Should that be the case?

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says that the answer is no, recently suggesting that catcher Gary Sanchez might be the only player deemed "difficult" to trade. Let's look at a handful of players who might be deemed worthy of various levels of an "untouchable" tag and discuss their merits.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Jorge Mateo, Chris Carelli
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Mar 2, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers lined up on the field before her game for the national anthem at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 2, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers lined up on the field before her game for the national anthem at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

In Baseball Prospectus's midseason prospect ranking, the New York Yankees had two players in the top 30 best prospects in baseball.

The players were outfielder Aaron Judge at No. 25 and shortstop Jorge Mateo at No. 29. Both players were selected to play in the Futures Game during All-Star weekend. However, Mateo will not play after being suspended for an altercation with a Yankees executive.

Judge, 24 years old, is hitting .343 in June while leading the league in home runs (nine), runs scored (30), and on-base percentage (.477). He was recently named the International League Player of the Month for June in Triple-A.

Mateo, 21 years old, is hitting .266 with an on-base percentage of .323 and 34 RBIs.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Jorge Mateo

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge celebrates with teammates in the dugout after scoring in the fourth inning during of a spring training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. (Tommy Gilligan/USATSI)
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge celebrates with teammates in the dugout after scoring in the fourth inning during of a spring training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. (Tommy Gilligan/USATSI)

Charlie Freyre, SNY.tv:

If the Yankees want to inject some excitement into this season and give the fans reason to be optimistic, they need to call up minor leaguer and top prospect Aaron Judge for his major league debut, and do it soon.

The Yankees are currently a longshot to make the postseason. Fangraphs has their odds winning the division at 2.9 percent. There are seven teams in front of New York in the wild-card race, and they have the worst run differential of all of them. All of their starting pitchers' season statistics are trending downward.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran
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New York Yankees shortstop Jorge Mateo is congratulated in the dugout after his home run against the Boston Red Sox at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees shortstop Jorge Mateo is congratulated in the dugout after his home run against the Boston Red Sox at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

The Triple-A International League All-Star roster has been announced, and Yankees prospects are represented four times.

Making the team were Yankees affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders players Aaron Judge (OF), Ben Gamel (OF), Gary Sanchez (C) and Chad Green (P).

Of the four, the most likely to be called up at some point by the end of the season are Judge and Sanchez, who are considered to be amongst the top prospects in the organization.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Jorge Mateo
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Mar 8, 2016; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) at bat against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 8, 2016; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) at bat against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Highly prized Yankee prospect Aaron Judge has 18 hits in last 25 games.

Many Yankees fans are clamoring for the 6-foot-7 top prospect to join the major league roster given the Yankees recent offensive output.

However, Judge has hit .187 over the past 25 games. These numbers stand in stark contrast to how he began the season, with a .287 average in the month of April in 87 at-bats with an OPS of .779 and slugging percentage of .460.

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