As the Yankees have fully embraced the youth movement, it should be no shock that the club will rely on rookies in its effort to return to the postseason. We'll cover five rookies -- including a couple of sleepers -- that may make significant impacts for the Yankees this season.
As the Yankees continue discussions to bolster their rotation, they will not lose sight of their second and third base "vacancies."
The Yankees traded Starlin Castro and Chase Headley, while Todd Frazier remains a free agent. This leaves the club with a quartet of internal options - Miguel Andujar, Gleyber Torres, Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade - to fill the two infield positions. It can be argued that the Yankees could surive with rookie/inexperienced players, the club has been linked to players via trade (Brandon Drury) and the free agent market (Frazier and Eduardo Nunez).
The Yankees have announced they traded INF Chase Headley and RHP Bryan Mitchell to the Padres for OF Jabari Blash, per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.
Headley, 33, hit .273 with 12 homers and 61 RBI last season. Rosenthal adds the Padres will absorb all of his $13 million he is owed next season. In turn, the Yankees have sent $500,000 to the Padres as part of the trade, per MLB.com's Marc Feinsand.
Mitchell, 26, was under team control until 2021. He pitched in only 48 career games with the Yankees since 2014, where he posted a 4.94 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over that span.
Tags: Bryan Mitchell, Chase Headley
The Yankees rocked the baseball world by acquiring reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, who will further boost one of the game's prodigious offenses. The additional fire power will be welcomed, but there are several factors improved by Stanton's addition to the roster.
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and his brain trust will arrive in Orlando this weekend for the MLB Winter Meetings. Thus far, the Yankees have spent much of the offseason concentrating on filling their managerial opening and preparing a presentation for naught in their pursuit of Shohei Ohtani.
With Aaron Boone signed to lead the Yankees and Ohtani out of the picture, New York can concentrate on filling the minimal openings on the roster and potentially make some tweaks to open spots for rising youngsters or to free up payroll for other additions.
Here are some potential dealings (not to be mistaken for deals) the Yankees might be involved in next week:
Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Miami Marlins, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
The Yankees have been in contact with the Marlins about OF Giancarlo Stanton, who Miami is hoping to trade this offseason, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag. Heyman notes that the Yankees -- who have been on the fringes of the Stanton market -- are intent on getting under the luxury tax threshold for next season, and suggests that any deal for Stanton would "have to include some combination of Jacoby Ellsbury, Chase Headley, and maybe Brett Gardner" to make that goal attainable.
Stanton, who has a full no-trade clause, has reportedly prioritized going to the west coast. And it was reported Wednesday by Jon Morosi of Fox Sports that the Marlins would likely be willing to trade Stanton to the Giants for INF Joe Panik, RHP Tyler Beede, and OF Chris Shaw if the Giants were willing to absorb at least $250 million of the $295 million owed to Stanton.
Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: As incredible as it would be to see Stanton and Aaron Judge combining to hit 100+ home runs in a season, the surrounding circumstances and the number of necessary moving parts may be too difficult to overcome...
Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters at the GM Meetins Tuesday that OF Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to be the fourth outfielder next season, per NY Daily News' Mike Mazzeo.
Ellsbury, who is due $68.4 million over the next three seasons, has a no-trade clause in his contract if the Yankees decided to shop him. Cashman said that he plans to meet with Ellsbury's agent, Scott Boras, before leaving the GM Meetings on Wednesday. The Yankees may want to get rid of his contract via trade in the future. But, for now, he will remain a projected asset in 2018.
Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Take Cashman's words on November 14 with a grain of salt. There will be a bevy of moving parts this offseason, so each of his comments today should be viewed merely as preliminary thoughts centered on what his current roster looks like...
After a disappointing season at the plate in 2016, the Yankees earned back the nickname Bronx Bombers in 2017. Maybe that should be Baby Bombers.
Here are some Yankees offensive stats with AL and MLB ranks...
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Tyler Austin, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
The Yankees got to Astros ace Dallas Keuchel during Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday, knocking him out in the fifth inning in their 5-0 victory.
Keuchel had the Yankees' number since that Wild Card Game start in 2015. But a different approach at the plate knocked him out of Game 5 of the ALCS in 4 2/3 innings.
The Yankees needed a win, and their gameplan worked in the Bronx.
Yankees pitching has been the story of the American League Championship Series, but the offense exploded at Yankee Stadium, pushing its way back into the fold.
This wasn't so much of a surprise as they averaged 5.3 runs per game overall in the regular season, but an even more impressive 5.6 R/G at home. There were contributions up and down the lineup during the three games played in the Bronx, where it is safe to say the Yankees offense found its mojo.
Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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Might be time to call the Yankees what they are: The best team in the American League.
Sure, the standings didn't say so during the regular season, and the Yanks only got into the playoff tournament via the wild card. But they're playing like it now in this run of quality baseball that's been nothing short of spectacular, including their stomping of ace Dallas Keuchel and the Astros, 5-0, Wednesday in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series.
To recap: The Yanks beat the 102-win Indians in the ALDS after Cleveland had its foot on their pinstriped necks. Down 0-2 after their manager blew the second game, the Yankees roared back to win the series.
Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Anthony McCarron
The Yankees' offense exploded to score six runs over the course of two innings to help overcome sloppy defense and a four-run deficit to beat the Astros, 6-4, in Game four of the ALCS. >> Read more
Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury
Aaron Judge and Todd Frazier both hit three-run home runs while CC Sabathia threw six solid innings as the Yankees blew out the Houston Astros 8-1 in Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more
Despite being held to two runs and 10 hits in Games 1 and 2, the Yankees exploded for three runs in the second inning and five runs in the fourth as they remained undefeated at home in the postseason and cut the series deficit to 2-1.
After Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks both hit two-out singles off Astros starter Charlie Morton in the bottom of the second inning, Frazier lunged to hit a 1-1 fastball over the right-field fence to give New York a 3-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, Chase Headley recorded the first hit by a Yankees designated hitter this postseason by driving in Greg Bird with a two-out single. Morton then hit Brett Gardner to load the bases and was replaced by Will Harris, who threw a wild pitch that scored Frazier and then surrendered a 371-foot home run to Judge that blew the game wide open.
Tags: 2017 Yankees playoffs, Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chase Headley, Houston Astros, Starlin Castro
Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Yankees-Astros Friday night was really all about Dallas Keuchel, as it usually is when the Astros ace lefty pitches against the Yanks. Keuchel was dominant again in the AL Championship Series opener, throwing seven shutout innings.
Now, with a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, the Astros will send their ace righty, Justin Verlander, to the mound in Saturday's Game 2. With a loss, the Yanks would face a huge deficit - yes, we know they came back from 0-2 in the first round against Cleveland. But two enormous turnarounds against two 100-plus-win teams in the same October?
Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Matt Holliday
Yankees manager Joe Girardi has penciled in Matt Holliday as the DH for Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros.
Holliday will bat eighth.
When asked on Thursday if Holliday could make his 2017 postseason debut in Game 1, Girardi said "stay tuned."
After four games in the ALDS, the Yankees may as well have used their pitchers in the DH spot, as the combination of Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Headley has collected zero hits in 14 at-bats with just two walks while striking out seven times. Add in the wild card game and the hitless skid for Yankees DH's in the postseason is 20 at-bats, with three walks and eight strikeouts.
Meanwhile, the man they paid $13 million to be the 2017 DH, Matt Holliday, has yet to receive a single plate appearance in the series. This has to change with a Game 5 start, and if the Yankees are fortunate enough to get to the ALCS, Holliday's name in the lineup should continue to be inserted regardless of his results in Game 5.
Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez each hit two home runs on Sunday while Didi Gregorius went 4-for-4 with four RBIs as the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 16-7 on Sunday at Globe Life Park in Arlington. >> Box score
Judge became the second rookie in MLB history to hit 40 home runs in a season by hitting his first home run as part of New York's six-run fourth inning that gave the Yankees a 9-1 lead. He hit his 41st home run of the season two innings later.
Sanchez homered in the first and eighth innings, going 3-for-4 with four runs scored. Since returning from his three-game suspension, he is 6-for-12 with four RBIs.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jordan Montgomery, Starlin Castro
Luis Severino shut down the Red Sox for six innings while Aaron Judge's two-run home run capped a six-run sixth inning as the New York Yankees won the final game of a four-game series against Boston 9-2 on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
After he allowed 10 runs (eight earned) in a start against the Red Sox on Aug. 12, Severino (12-6) struck out nine batters and allowed two hits and one unearned run in six innings, as the Yankees pulled within 3 1/2 games of the AL East lead.
The Yankees hit three solo home runs off Chris Sale, but erupted for six runs -- all with two outs -- in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Matt Holliday, Boston Red Sox, Starlin Castro
The MLB calendar hits one of its final milestones today as club rosters can be expanded from 25 to 40 players. The Yankees have a slew of players that will eventually come to the Bronx, but expect the shuttle to make multiple trips. We'll review some of the players who might have an impact down the stretch (in alphabetical order).
Note: All prospect rankings are via MLB Pipeline.
Miguel Andujar (Yankees' No. 6 prospect)
Andujar has shredded Triple-A pitching this season (.333 batting average, .379 on-base percentage and .531 slugging percentage with nine home runs and 30 RBIs in 235 plate appearances), but he's been bypassed as a call-up mainly because he is considered a work in progress at third base (.939 fielding percentage). Once the Yankees received Todd Frazier in the White Sox trade, Andujar feel further back on the depth chart. The thing is, Andujar's bat is legit and the Yankees could use some right-handed pop. It will be interesting to see when Andujar is moved up, but don't expect him to be replacing anyone just because he can be carried with the big club.
Tags: Austin Romine, Bryan Mitchell, Chase Headley, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jonathan Holder, Jordan Montgomery, Kyle Higashioka, Tyler Austin, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
Luis Severino allowed three home runs, including a tiebreaking home run to Carlos Santana in the seventh inning, as the New York Yankees lost the first game of a three-game series to the Cleveland Indians, 6-2, Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Severino (11-6) surrendered two home runs to Jose Ramirez and had not given up another hit to any other Indians player until Santana crushed a 1-1 pitch off the second deck in right field to give Cleveland a 3-2 lead with one out in the seventh inning.
Later in the inning, Bradley Zimmer singled off Severino, stole second base off Adam Warren, advanced to third on Gary Sanchez's throwing error and scored on Warren's wild pitch to make it 4-2.
New York's offense, meanwhile, struggled against Corey Kluber, who struck out seven batters and allowed two runs in eight innings.
Chris Carelli, SNY.TV
Chase Headley will enter the 2018 season in the final year of his four-year, $52 million contract with the Yankees. The offseason before the concluding season of long-term contracts tends to be the time teams decide whether or not to keep or trade the player. The Yankees should consider keeping Headley in the fold in 2018.
Headley jumped out to a strong start, hitting .301 in April, but then turned in an incredibly awful performance in May (.165 average). However, the switch-hitter put it behind him and has been among the better and most consistent Yankees hitters since June 1 - .298 batting average, .384 OBP, and a .431 SLG with 18 doubles, five homers and 30 RBI in 293 plate appearances.
Tags: Chase Headley, Chris Carelli
The Yankees scored seven runs off Detroit starter Jordan Zimmerman and added three more runs thereafter to back Luis Severino's strong outing in a 10-2 win over the Tigers on Wednesday. >> Box score
The Yankees' offense, coming off a 13-run performance on Tuesday, had back-to-back-to-back RBI hits and scored in four straight at-bats in a five-run third inning. Gary Sanchez hit two-run single, Aaron Judge followed with an RBI double, and Didi Gregorius capped it off with an RBI single. Chase Headley added a sacrifice fly to give the Yankees their fifth run of the inning.
The Yankees hit three homers on a night when they scored in every inning except for the second and fourth. Sanchez belted his 26th home run of the year in the first inning, Gregorius went deep in the fifth, and Headley hit one in the seventh.
Jordan Montgomery pitched five solid innings, Chase Headley hit his sixth home run of the year, and Aroldis Chapman earned his 14th save in a tight, one-run ballgame as the Yankees eked out a 2-1 win over the Indians on Saturday. >> Box score
Aaron Judge hit his league-leading 34th home run of the season while Chase Headley and Todd Frazier both drove in two runs as the New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Judge had been in the middle of a 3-for-23 slump when he hit his fourth home run since the All-Star break, while Headley recorded three hits.
Headley's two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead, and Frazier followed with a two-run single that made it 4-1. Judge's fifth-inning home run gave the Yankees a 5-1 lead.
Brett Gardner hit a walkff single in the ninth inning as the Yankees beat the Rays, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium >> Box score
Peter Bourjos hit a leadoff homer off Caleb Smith as the Rays took a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Didi Gregorius' sacrifice fly in the second inning tied things, 1-1, before Lucas Duda's sacrifice fly in the third inning put the Rays up, 2-1.
Despite acquiring Todd Frazier and moving Chase Headley to first base, the Yankees remain open to acquiring a first baseman, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.
The Yankees, who were scouting the Mets on Monday night at Citi Field earlier this week, reached out to the Mets shortly after to express interest in 1B Lucas Duda earlier this week, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.
Duda, 31, is hitting .246 with a .352 OBP and .552 SLG with 17 home runs in 69 games this season.
He is eligible for free agency after the season.
Tags: Chase Headley, Lucas Duda
Newly acquired Todd Frazier will be the Yankees' everyday third baseman, manager Joe Girardi said after Wednesday's loss to the Twins.
Chase Headley willl move to first base and get a "crash course" at the position, Girardi told reporters.
"I think he's got very good hands and he's very intellectual," Girardi said. "I think he can make the adjustment very quick. I don't see it being a problem."
Tags: Chase Headley
New York's offense was shut out for the first time all season as the Yankees lost Game 2 of a doubleheader to the Boston Red Sox, 3-0, Sunday night at Fenway Park. >> Box score
Despite recording seven hits off David Price, the Yankees went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, leaving two runners stranded in the first and seventh innings.
Aaron Judge went 0-for-4 and was robbed of a two-run home run in the eighth inning when Jackie Bradley Jr. leaped and caught a ball at the wall in the triangle in center field. Judge went 1-for-18 in the four-game series, as his batting average has dropped from .329 to .313 since the All-Star break.
Masahiro Tanaka threw seven sharp innings and Chase Headley drove in three runs to lead the New York Yankees to a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Tanaka (7-7) won his second straight start and has 22 strikeouts and a 1.29 ERA over his last three outings. He struck out eight batters on Monday and allowed one run and five hits, throwing 72 of 111 pitches for strikes.
Headley, who went 2-for-3, hit a two-run double in the eighth inning that turned a one-run lead into a 4-1 game, then scored when Ronald Torreyes grounded into a fielder's choice. Ryan Tepera threw home to try to get Didi Gregorius out, but the ball got past the catcher as Gregorius slid in, allowing two runs to score.
Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka, Ronald Torreyes, Toronto Blue Jays
Jordan Montgomery struck out eight batters in seven strong innings while Tyler Austin hit his first home run of the season as the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox, 6-5, Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field. >> Box score
Montgomery (6-4) allowed one run and five hits in what matched the longest outing of his career. After allowing back-to-back singles in the bottom of the third inning, he settled down to retire the next nine batters consecutively.
New York scored three runs in the fourth inning on an Austin sac fly, Chase Headley RBI single and Ronald Torreyes sac fly that turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead.
Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Chase Headley, Chicago White Sox, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Tyler Austin
The Yankees suffered a terrible blow over the weekend when top prospect Gleyber Torres suffered a season-ending torn UCL in his non-throwing shoulder when he slid head-first into home on Saturday. Torres will undergo Tommy John surgery and hopes to be ready for spring training next year.
WIth Torres, who was expected to take over at third at some point in the near future, out of the picture for the rest of the season, New York might look to add a third basemen. Ken Davidoff of the NY Post explores several options for the Yankees at third base.
Chase Headley has been New York's starting third baseman this season, hitting .244/.329/.364 with four home runs and 29 RBI. Less than halfway through the season, Headley has already made 11 errors in the field, exceeding last season's 10 errors. With the 33-year old set to make $13 million this season and $13 million next season, the ideal scenario for the Yankees is for Headley's production to improve both at the plate and on the field.
Tags: Chase Headley
Luis Cessa gave up four runs in four innings as the New York Yankees lost their sixth straight game in a 4-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday at Oakland Coliseum. >> Box score
Cessa (0-1) surrendered four runs in the third inning as the Yankees were swept in a series for the first time this season.
With the Yankees up 2-0, Cessa allowed a two-run double to Chad Pinder before Khris Davis hit a two-run home run later in the inning to give the A's a 4-2 lead.
Chris Carter hit his seventh home run of the season and Gary Sanchez went 3-for-3 with two RBIs (including a game-tying RBI single in the top of the ninth inning) in the Yankees' 8-7 loss to the Athletics on Thursday in Oakland. After taking the lead in the top half of the inning, Giovanny Gallegos was unable to hold off the Athletics in the 10th.
Tags: Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
The Yankees are looking to acquire a third baseman, according to Nick Carfado of the Boston Globe, citing league sources.
Chase Headley has received the majority of the playing time at third base early on, but Ronald Torreyes has seen an increase in playing time as of late. Torreyes played third base in eight of nine games between May 7 and May 28.
Headley's batting average dipped to .227 on the season after he went 0-for-4 in the Yankees' 7-0 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday. Meanwhile, Torreyes is hitting .284 in 102 at-bats this season for the Yankees.
Tags: Chase Headley, Ronald Torreyes
Yankees manager Joe Girardi says he intends to sit 3B Chase Headley on Saturday and Sunday in hopes that he breaks out of his slump, according to The Post.
"I just feel like [Headley] is in that situation where he's frustrated and trying too hard," Girardi said during his pregame availability on Saturday. "So I'll give him a day or two to work on some things and get back on track."
Tags: Chase Headley
Chase Headley hit a bases-clearing, two-out triple in the seventh inning to key a six-run rally as the New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros, 11-6, Sunday in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
After Matt Holliday had an RBI infield single and Starlin Castro a game-tying double, Headley lined a Chris Devenski changeup into the right-center field gap to give New York a 9-6 lead.
The Yankees took a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning on back-to-back home runs by Castro and Aaron Judge, but squandered it when Adam Warren (1-0) gave up three runs in the top of the seventh inning on a Joey Gattis single, Castro error and Yulieski Gurriel sac fly.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Houston Astros, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
The Yankees, who many believed would not be in contention for the World Series this year, have surprised the league by beginning the season 21-11, and are currently sitting only 0.5 games behind Baltimore for the lead in the AL East.
After talking with several MLB insiders and coaches from around the league, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post lists six reasons why the Yankees are legitimate contenders this season.
The first reason is the blooming of some of New York's young players. Guys such as Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, Luis Severino, and Jordan Montgomery have developed faster than many scouts believed they would, finding great success thus far.
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino
After being hit by a pitch and forced out of Monday night's win against the Reds, Yankees third baseman Chase Headley woke up Tuesday feeling better than expected.
"Really better than I anticipated,'' Headley told George A King of the New York Post. "I am sore but when I woke up this morning I felt better and better after I got some treatment.
"I was pleasantly surprised and happy it wasn't worse,'' said Headley.
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Starlin Castro drove in Aaron Hicks with a go-ahead RBI fielder's choice in the top of the 18th inning as the New York Yankees beat the Chicago Cubs, 5-4, on Sunday at Wrigley Field after Aroldis Chapman blew a three-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning. >> Box score
Hicks reached base on a bunt single off Pedro Strop (0-2) and advanced to second when catcher Willson Contreras' throw went into right field. Hicks advanced to third on a Ronald Torreyes sac bunt and scored on Castro's grounder to short with a drawn-in infield.
Chasen Shreve pitched three scoreless innings of relief after Chapman allowed three runs in the bottom of the ninth that sent the game into extra innings.
Chapman allowed six runners to reach base in 2/3 of an inning, including a game-tying HBP to Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded.
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chase Headley, Chasen Shreve, Chicago Cubs, Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro
The Yankees scored five runs off Cubs starter Brett Anderson in the first inning and staved off a late rally by the Cubs to hold on for an 11-6 win in the second game of a three-game series at Wrigley Field. >> Click here for the full box score.
Chris Carelli, SNY.tv
Aaron Judge launched a home run in his first MLB at-bat last August and Yankees fans rejoiced in what was believed to be a sign the club was set for a long time in right field. However, raw talent precedes true development.
In Judge's late season cameo, he struck out in 44.2 percent of his 95 plate appearances. The poor performance forced Judge to study and alter his hitting mechanics during the offseason. He added a leg kick and strived to change his approach at the plate. There was enough doubt among the Yankees' braintrust that Judge had to win the right field job out of spring training.
Spring training statistics should be taken with a grain of salt, but for Judge, there was some underlying meaning. In 69 plate appearances he struck out 15 times (21.7 percent), which was a marked improvement from the display last season. Beyond the reduction in strikeouts, Judge was spraying the ball to the opposite field and laying off pitches he flailed at last summer, without sacrificing his home run power. This demonstrated the extra effort he put in during the winter was taking hold.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Chase Headley, Chris Carelli
Jordan Montgomery was solid in his Major League debut while Aaron Judge homered and drove in three runs as the Yankees rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Rays, 8-4, at Yankee Stadium Wednesday. >> Click here for a full box score.
The Yankees trailed 3-0 before scoring eight runs in the next three innings. Their first two runs scored on a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch.
Judge went 2-for-3 and tied the game with an RBI single in the sixth. He added a two-run homer in the seventh, his third of the season.
Montgomery struck out the first two batters he faced and then issued a walk and a two-run homer to Rickie Weeks. He was charged with three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Chase Headley
Michael Pineda took a perfect game into the seventh inning as the Yankees beat the Rays, 8-1, during their home opener on Monday. >> Click here for a full box score.
Pineda lost his perfect game bid when Evan Longoria ripped a hanging slider down the left field line for a double with two outs in the seventh inning.
Pineda, who allowed one run on two hits while walking none and striking out 11, was removed with two outs in the eighth inning.
Jacoby Ellsbury opened the scoring for the Yankees with an RBI double in the third inning, and Aaron Judge's home run to left field in the fourth increased New York's lead to 2-0. Chase Headley's homer in the seventh made it 3-0, Yankees...
In the second part of our Yankees 2017 season preview, we cover the offense and provide a prediction for the team's finish in the standings...
Gary Sanchez burst onto the scene last August, delivering a 20-homer performance and shattering records in the process. Sanchez, 24, entered spring training with numerous doubters, but he demonstrated that he is ready to build on his rookie production. Behind the plate, Sanchez has improved his receiving and has one of the best catcher's arms in the game.
At first base, Greg Bird assumes the role he seemed set to after a blistering rookie performance in 2015. Unfortunately, Bird suffered a season-ending shoulder injury before spring training last season. Bird, 24, benefitted from not pushing the rehab process as he came to camp strong and looks poised for a big season after launching seven home runs this spring. He should provide solid defense at first base.
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka, Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
Yankees 3B Chase Headley has struggled since being acquired by the Yankees in 2014, and knows he can play better than he has over the last two and a half years.
"I know there's more in there," Headley told Mike Mazzeo of the Daily News. "I know that I can produce more than I have."
Following the 2014 season, the Yankees gave the switch-hitting third baseman a four-year, $52 million contract. The next year, Headley hit .259 with only 11 HRs and 62 RBIs while committing 23 errors in 156 games.
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The Yankees no-hit the Tigers during Friday's 3-0 win >> Box score
- Masahiro Tanaka started the game, holding the Tigers hitless over the first 4 1/3 innings while walking two and striking out six.
- Chasen Shreve tossed 0.2 hitless innings in relief of Tanaka, and Jordan Montgomery finished the no-hitter off by pitching the last four innings.
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.