Christopher Carelli

Besides providing coverage of the New York Yankees for SNY.tv, Christopher Carelli's baseball commentary has also been published by Yahoo! Sports and The Cauldron. Follow Christopher on Twitter, @Chris_Carelli.

 

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: When the postseason arrives, the Yankees will have a choice to make among their five outfielders. For most clubs this type of decision would be somewhat easy as the fourth and fifth outfielders are typically clear bench types. That's not that case for the Yankees, who sport one current All-Star, three former All-Stars and another player in the midst of a breakout season.

One thing is certain -- if healthy, Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge will man center field and right field, respectively. Hicks is the aforementioned breakout player, who owns an .814 OPS (124 wRC+ in 551 plate appearances) with 24 home runs, 72 RBI, 83 runs and 11 stolen bases, plus an above-average defensive presence. As for Judge (.933 OPS, 153 wRC+, 26 HR and 61 RBI in 455 PA), you might know about him and the mammoth home runs, great eye at the plate, and above-average defense.

Let's review the qualifications of the three options remaining to man left field (in alphabetical order)...

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge heads to the dugout after scoring a run against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge heads to the dugout after scoring a run against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees are 23-19 since August 2, the day the season began to completely turn when they lost the first of four straight games to Boston. As the Red Sox return to the Bronx Tuesday, the Yankees are looking for the switch to flip. But despite manager Aaron Boone's optimism, time is running out for the club to get it all together.

Meanwhile, they might have to watch the Red Sox celebrate the division title on their home field as they work for a chance to exact revenge in the ALDS.

The Yanks, whose descent goes back to July 12 (30-27 record since then) have a handful of issues that need to be resolved. And the chances that all of them will be remedied before the wild card game are not great...

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The Yankees are likely on their way to playing in the wild card game, and creating a roster for the winner-take-all contest is at the forefront of their front office duties. The Yankees will have to cover all the bases in a game that now has the potential to be played on the road against the surging Athletics.

Here are five questions the Yankees will have to answer when creating its wild card roster... 

Who is the starting pitcher?

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Time is running out, but Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez still has a chance to make a miserable overall season disappear.

Fans remember big hits and exhilarating plays. Those moments are especially engrained in our memory banks when they occur down the stretch and more so in the postseason. If Sanchez can abruptly change his overall production over the final three-plus weeks of the regular season and be a major contributor to an extended Yankees' run in the postseason, the glory he gained in 2016 and parts of 2017 may return.

It might seem like a long shot to suggest that any positive finish to Sanchez's season can mask the problems he's encountered behind the plate in 2018. Moreover, it could be considered an egregious thought that Sanchez would turn things around defensively after Wednesday night's two passed balls and two wild pitches in a singular inning.

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played Aug. 30, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played Sept. 6, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees might be flirting with getting back into the AL East race, but if we're being honest, chances are they'll be playing in the wild card game. As much as the game might beckon for a bullpenning effort -- one that the Yankees could likely handle -- let's look at the true starter options New York can throw in the winner-moves-on contest...

J.A. Happ

Happ has been an absolute stud for the Yankees since coming over from Toronto. He was expected to provide innings in the middle of the rotation, but he's been more or less their most consistent starter since the trade deadline. Happ, being a left-hander, would be an interesting option if the game was being played in Yankee Stadium, where southpaws have an advantage. That said, if the Yankees were to win the wild card game, they might want Happ to be starting as many games as possible against the Red Sox (their likely ALDS opponent), who he has a career 2.98 ERA against in 105.2 innings...

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The Yankees made some astute trades ahead of both the July 31 non-waiver and August 31 waiver deadlines. But one decision - to remain under the $197 million luxury tax threshold - might have been the make or break choice for how they finish the 2018 season.

Within the 15 days leading to the non-waiver trade deadline, the Yankees hovered around five games back of first-place Boston. With 57 games left on the schedule after July 31, some have asked whether the Yankees should have been looking to maximize their chances of winning the American League East instead of tiptoeing around the luxury tax threshold they are so desperate to reset.

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The Yankees might make a trade before the August 31 waiver deadline, but a September call-up could provide a boost to the club.

The Yankees recently shifted Justus Sheffield, the team's No. 1 prospect, to the bullpen so that when rosters expand in September, he might make a significant contribution. Sheffield will not come up for a cup of coffee, but rather he'll be relied upon in some fashion to aid the Yankees' push to the postseason.

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played Aug. 23, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees had to know the day was coming -- Aroldis Chapman is finally on the disabled list.

After battling knee tendinitis for several weeks, the pain became too much for Chapman and it was clearly affecting his ability to rear back to gain velocity in his abbreviated appearance Tuesday night.

The Yankees may have entered the season with what was considered the preeminent bullpen in the game, but without Chapman, the relief crew will be tested. Chapman, who has converted 31 of 33 save chances, owns a 2.11 ERA and has 84 strikeouts in 47 innings, is having the type of season the Yankees expected when they signed him to his five-year, $86 million contract. This isn't a situation in which the Yankees simply slide someone into the closer role and keep up the pace...

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees have endured their share of injuries to key players this season, but the latest to Didi Gregorius could throw the team over the edge in terms of testing depth and the impact it will have on the club's ability to maintain their position as the league's top wild card team.

Gregorius was diagnosed with a deep bruise on his left heel after a collision at first base Sunday, with the team placing him on the 10-day DL on Tuesday. With Gregorius out, Gleyber Torres will likely take over shortstop responsibilities while Neil Walker heads back to a much more familiar spot at second base.

Removing Gregorius, who is hitting .270 with a .333 OBP and .482 slugging percentage along with 22 home runs and 74 RBI, from the lineup will have an adverse affect on a squad already missing Aaron Judge (with Giancarlo Stanton hobbled enough to keep him from playing right field) and Gary Sanchez. Gregorius is also the glue that keeps this team together in the infield, and his absence from the game will have as much of an impact as Judge's in terms of cohesiveness of the group...

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees' farm system providing updates about the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB rank, if appli-cable, in parenthesis. Team records, statistics and current club assignments are through games played August 10, 2018.

Top-10 Prospects

No. 1 (No. 27) - Justus Sheffield (LHP) - Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre - ETA 2018

Sheffield finally suffered a blip in what has been a fantastic season. In 1 1/2 innings, Sheffield allowed four runs on four hits and a whopping five walks. The Yankees have been reluctant to bring Sheffield up to the majors and his command has likely been one of the issues (21 walks in last 53 1/3 innings, which is 3.5 walks per nine innings).

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As the Yankees push for 100 wins, the mark will likely come up well short of the Red Sox, forcing New York to participate in the Wild Card Game for the second straight season. There are currently three teams -- all in the AL West -- that could be potential opponents. How would the Yankees stack up against the clubs and which team might be the best matchup?

Houston Astros

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: At 4 p.m. on July 31, the trade deadline came to an end with the Yankees starting play 5.5 games behind the Red Sox. Two weeks later, the Yankees are now 10 games back, and just 3.5 games ahead of Oakland for the top Wild Card position.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman made a couple of trades that have turned out well thus far -- J.A. Happ and Lance Lynn among them. However, did he do everything he could or should have when it came to upgrading the club for a run at first place and a potential World Series title?

Too much faith in Britton turnaround?

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played Aug. 9, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives A rookie skipper automatically gets some rope to navigate his way up the managerial learning curve, but what happens when the rope begins to fray?

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been provided more leash than others due to a 50-22 start. But, since the exceptional opening to the season, Boone's Yankees are 19-20 and lost five straight games before Monday night's win in Chicago.

Boone has called the span of lackluster play a "blip," and repeatedly says there is not an energy problem. After the sweep at the hands of the Red Sox, Boone said the Yankees were "too good" to let it define them.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees made a statement as they were swept by the Red Sox, but it was not the one its fans were hoping for. The sweep spells doom for New York's chances to win the AL East, but can they stop the bleeding and find themselves in time to maintain hold of their wild card spot?

Why the Yankees won't make the playoffs

Inconsistent rotation

There just isn't enough consistency within the rotation. Luis Severino is a mess right now, CC Sabathia is a five or six-inning pitcher with varying results, and newly acquired J.A. Happ is on the disabled list. Meanwhile, Lance Lynn is brand new to the rotation and Masahiro Tanaka -- despite a strong recent run -- has had his own issues this season. The Yankees have shipped Sonny Gray to the bullpen and the reserves in the minor leagues are either underwhelming or untested.

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played Aug. 2, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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Zach Britton (53) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Zach Britton (53) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees were quite active in the trade market this season, as they made more than a handful of deals in the last week.

Despite demonstrating interest and making an offer, the club did not land the big dog of the trade season, Manny Machado, but they were able to solidify the rotation (twice) and add to an already potent bullpen. The Yanks also managed to accumulate the maximum allotment of international bonus pool cash via trades of players with a future fit on the 40-man roster.

Here are my grades for the deals...

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Luis Severino (40) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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The Yankees might have a bullpen and offense built to survive a postseason of occasional rotation clunkers. However, at least one rotation member has to dominate opponents.

For the Yankees, Luis Severino is clearly the most likely ace-like candidate among a group of middle-of-the-rotation arms.

Unfortunately, as the Yankees are busy improving their roster, the club has a pressing matter in regard to Severino's recent production. If the Yankees and Severino cannot figure out what ails the All-Star pitcher, then New York will be hard-pressed to win a World Series title this season.

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played July 26, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches to the Boston Red Sox in the second inning at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches to the Boston Red Sox in the second inning at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)

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There is little doubt the Yankees needed to upgrade their rotation, and the addition of J.A. Happ fit the bill. However, is the rest of the Yankees rotation strong enough to make a charge to catch the Red Sox with 61 games left on the schedule?

Happ is a certain upgrade over current No. 4 starter Sonny Gray, as well as the two pitchers -- Luis Cessa and Domingo German -- the Yankees had been interchanging of late in the No. 5 spot. However, Happ had been in a slump before his most recent start (five innings, one run), pitching to a 9.75 ERA over three starts.

Before the skid, Happ had tossed 97 innings to the tune of a 3.62 ERA with 107 strikeouts and just 27 walks. Happ's production was enough to get him named to the American League All-Star team, and the Yankees hope a chance to pitch in the postseason gets Happ back on track.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees made their splash in the trade market Tuesday night, acquiring Orioles reliever Zach Britton -- expanding the dominance in an already stacked bullpen by creating a "Super Bullpen," with an eye toward locking down the organization's 28th World Series championship.

Assuming the Yankees reach the playoffs, the addition of Britton to the mix of All-Star caliber endgame relievers in Dellin Betances, Aroldis Chapman, David Robertson, and even Chad Green, could go a long way to aiding the team's ability to string together 11 or 12 victories ending with a World Series title more so than a middling starting pitcher.

Brian Cashman understood the above, so when an impact reliever like Britton became available at their terms they pounced on it, understanding that once October begins the game changes.

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Sometimes, being aggressive in the winter is better than hoping to perform alterations in the summer.

The Yankees will be making phone calls around the league over the next several days, searching to upgrade the club's starting rotation. It is arguable the Yankees made a mistake by not being more vigorous pursuers in the starting pitching market during the winter.

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played July 19, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: There is little question the Yankees are in need of starting pitching for the second half. However, adding a starter will unlikely have the impact that might be required as the trade market is filled with more "what-if" hurlers than "sure things."

For example, is anyone fully confident J.A. Happ or Michael Fulmer will carry the team to the World Series? They are solid pitchers and Fulmer's combination of team control and future potential might make him a more attractive commodity. But, right now, neither pitcher resembles an upgrade akin to the Astros adding Justin Verlander last season. This leaves the Yankees in a bit of a predicament.

Enter Masahiro Tanaka...

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The Yankees - on pace to win 106 games - are on vacation with the rest of baseball. But when they come back from the All-Star break, they will have to undergo some changes.

That's an amazing statement, but the reality is if the season ended today, the Yankees would be a wild card team because the Red Sox have been that much better.

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The Yankees - on pace to win 106 games - are on vacation with the rest of baseball. But when they come back from the All-Star break, they will have to undergo some changes.

That's an amazing statement, but the reality is if the season ended today, the Yankees would be a wild card team because the Red Sox have been that much better.

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played July 5, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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New York Yankees pitcher Dillon Tate throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Dillon Tate throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played July 5, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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Bird's slump continues 00:03:25
The BNNY panel discusses Greg Bird's struggles at the plate, and how long the Yankees can wait for an improvement in a tight division race.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Not all the prospects make it, no matter how much we like them and regardless of the evident talent.

There was a point that Yankees first baseman Greg Bird, then 22 years old, filled fans' visions of a new beginning at the position. Bird's sweet swing, seemingly built for Yankee Stadium as well as patience at the plate made it easy to envision him in pinstripes for years to come.

Bird was spectacular over a two-month stretch as Mark Teixeira's replacement when the veteran went down with an injury in 2015. Bird was so good in fact that it seemed as if it would be rather simple for the Yankees to transition from Teixeira when the veteran's contract would come to an end the following season...

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees' farm system providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB rank, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played June 29, 2018.

Rookie - Appalachian League - Pulaski Yankees...

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians. (AP)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians. (AP)

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Never be satisfied.

The last three times through the rotation for Domingo German have been quite inspiring, while the Yankees also received an eye-opening MLB debut from Jonathan Loaisiga within the last week. Despite the positive feelings and excitement around two more young players, the Yankees should not be dissuaded from pulling the trigger for a rotation improvement as the trade market comes into focus, and the sooner the better.

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New York Yankees right fielder Billy McKinney at bat at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Billy McKinney at bat at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played June 14, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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New York Yankees RHP Dellin Betances (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees RHP Dellin Betances (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Dellin Betances is a four-time All-Star, however, a carryover from a rough finish to the 2017 season was clearly an issue for the Yankees early this season. Betances' performance to open the season had fans up in arms and frustrated.

Some went too far (I know, surprising for Yankees fans), calling for Betances to be traded or designated for assignment (neither was remotely on the table). The truth of the matter is Betances needed time to work through his mechanics, and he was being pushed into a role that is now beyond his abilities.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams throws a pitch during the first inning of a spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams throws a pitch during the first inning of a spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played June 7, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine in action during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine in action during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)

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How is it that a designated hitter can affect the role of the catchers on a club? Plate appearances.

While the Yankees may not regret trading for OF Giancarlo Stanton, there has been an unforeseen development among the club's catchers that has manager Aaron Boone searching for a balance of duties behind the dish. Stanton's role with the club may be making that difficult.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played May 31, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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Yankees better than Astros? 00:01:57
The Daily News Live panel debates whether the Yankees are better than the Astros after taking five of seven from the defending champions.

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The Yankees and Astros held an epic seven-game battle in last season's American League Championship Series with Houston moving on to the World Series and an eventual title. The teams could be on the way to meeting again this postseason.

Regular season games cannot be compared to a postseason contests, but what can we glean from the seven games the Yankees and Astros played in the 2018 season series?

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New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres, right, celebrates with Aaron Judge after hitting a three-run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (AP)
New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres, right, celebrates with Aaron Judge after hitting a three-run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | ArchivesGleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar didn't make the Yankees out of spring camp, but neither one is going to see Scranton/Wilkes-Barre again unless it's a rehab assignment.

Andujar, a talented hitter labeled as an inadequate defensive player, and Torres, another first-year major leaguer touted as one of the best the game has to offer, have settled in nicely with the Yankees. Each player has endured some growing pains, but neither has allowed a mistake to bleed into the next play or next at-bat.

Andujar and Torres, 23 and 21 years old respectively, seem mature beyond their years. No situation has been too big. And like any confident player, they turn the page quickly when a poor at-bat or play in the field occurs, certain they can contribute in a positive way before long. That instance came about for both players in Tuesday's comeback victory over the Astros.

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New York Yankees second baseman Thairo Estrada of the Scottsdale Scorpions during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Salt River Fields. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Thairo Estrada of the Scottsdale Scorpions during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Salt River Fields. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played May 24, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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Apr 24, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) takes the ball from New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) in the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 24, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) takes the ball from New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) in the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees are 31-15, the second-best record in baseball. Want to know what's a complete bummer about that? That it is also the second-best record in the American League East. Yes, if the playoffs began today, the Yankees would be hosting the wild card game. This isn't about the way MLB sets their playoff brackets. It is about how critical each and every game is going to be for the Yankees this season as they battle the Red Sox for the division crown.

When the Yankees lose, it is of course first about the players. They have bad games -- starters pitch ineffectively, the offense might fail to hit with runners in scoring position or the bullpen might squander a lead. The game is certainly in the hands of the players. However, the manager has influence over these games. If they didn't, teams wouldn't employ them, or the coaches standing by their side. Managers undoubtedly do not get enough credit for wins, and get lambasted more often for losses. It comes with the territory. Win or lose, in Yankees manager Aaron Boone's circumstance, he deserves to take some criticism for his actions while managing the bullpen this season.

The Yankees now sit 46 games into the season and it is time Boone takes full responsibility for his decisions. If Larry Rothschild isn't helping, then get rid of him. Otherwise, the calls are Boone's.

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge follows through on a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge follows through on a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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Once Thursday comes to an end, Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge will have been fully contained for two straight days…by Mother Nature and a scheduled off-day for the club.

No one knew what to expect of Judge in 2017. All he did was go on a marvelous tear through major league pitching staffs, becoming an instant star as he clobbered 30 home runs by the All-Star break.

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New York Yankees pitcher Dillon Tate throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Dillon Tate throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played May 10, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

Tags: Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo, Gleyber Torres, Justus Sheffield, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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This is the Aroldis Chapman the Yankees believed was worth $86 million.

When the Yankees made Chapman the highest paid closer in the game before the 2017 season, they did so believing the then 29-year-old would be able to stay on top of his game long enough to warrant a five-year deal. The question was always, could Chapman maintain his extreme velocity throughout the term of the deal?

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(Pool Photo )

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The comparisons are beginning to percolate between the 2018 New York Yankees squad, and the 1998 team that graced us with one of the best seasons ever turned in by a baseball team in MLB history.

The obvious similarity is the record each possessed after 34 games -- the 1998 team was 26-8, while the Yankees of today sit at 24-10. The '98 club got off to a rocky start (1-4), but turned the corner rather quickly and fiercely, winning 25 of their next 29 games. The current Yanks are on a 15-1 run after failing to find anything, but a middle ground for the team's first 18 games.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli
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Yankees LHP Justus Sheffield pitches in an Arizona Fall League game for the Scottsdale Scorpions. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees LHP Justus Sheffield pitches in an Arizona Fall League game for the Scottsdale Scorpions. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played May 3, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

Class A - South Atlantic League Southern Division - Charleston RiverDogs

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Apr 24, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) tosses his bat after a walk in the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 24, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) tosses his bat after a walk in the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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After his first 20-homer, 20-steal season at the age of 33, traction developed considering the Yankees picking up Brett Gardner's 2019 club option. However, over the Yankees' first 30 games this season, Gardner's lackluster production is giving pause to the possibility.

We're not debating whether Gardner should be traded (that ship has sailed). Rather, we're questioning whether or not he can do enough this season to persuade the Yankees to fork over $12.5 million for another go-around with the club (there is a $2 million buyout) in 2019. The game is in the midst of a transforming mindset where players in their mid-30s are tagged as "over the hill," and the Yankees have fully bought into a youth movement throughout the major league roster.

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