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.

 

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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.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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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.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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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.

Tags: Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo, Justus Sheffield, Chris Carelli
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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.

Tags: Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo, Justus Sheffield, Chris Carelli
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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.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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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.

Tags: Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo, Justus Sheffield, Chris Carelli
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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.

Tags: Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo, Justus Sheffield, Chris Carelli
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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 )
(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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 (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
(Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

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The Yankees offense is going to consistently receive a good deal of credit - averaging close to eight runs per game during a nine-game win streak will do that - but the club's pitching staff has been excellent over the last 10 days as well.

The offense is deep, but as we have mentioned before, the Yankees collection of hurlers is not quite as extensive in terms of able bodies. As such, Yankees pitchers have to not only stay healthy, but they need to perform more than adequately.

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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 April 26, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

Tags: Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo, Gleyber Torres, Justus Sheffield, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar hits an RBI double in the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar hits an RBI double in the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

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Baseball teams can never have enough depth, especially these days when the mildest of ailments is subject to a lenient 10-day stint on the disabled list. One thing that can disrupt rosters - not necessarily in a bad way - is when a starting player goes down and the replacement, a bonafide full-time option, shines.

We'll call it the Wally Pipp Effect, and the Yankees might end up dealing with two circumstances over the next couple of weeks.

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Apr 23, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a single against the Minnesota Twins during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. The hit was the first of his MLB career. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 23, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a single against the Minnesota Twins during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. The hit was the first of his MLB career. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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When a club brings up its best prospect in April, it is typically done to provide a "shot in the arm" for a sluggish club. It doesn't seem that way with the Yankees' decision to call up Gleyber Torres.

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New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres throws to first for the out during the fifth inning of a spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres throws to first for the out during the fifth inning of a spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. (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 April 19, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

Tags: Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo, Gleyber Torres, Justus Sheffield, Chris Carelli
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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After logging two fine starts to open the season, Masahiro Tanaka has hit a wall with two underwhelming efforts. It's difficult to witness Tanaka's recent ineffectiveness without thinking back to last season when he turned in the worst stretch of production in his professional career during the season's first half.

Tanaka is not an overpowering pitcher, which necessitates pinpointing his top-two used pitches, the split-finger fastball and slider. When he is unable to command those pitches, it forces him to resort to a very hittable four-seam fastball, which is simply not good enough to retire batters in a pinch.

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Mar 13, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (81) prepares to fields a ground ball during the third inning of a Spring Training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 13, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (81) prepares to fields a ground ball during the third inning of a Spring Training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

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The Yankees traded Starlin Castro and Chase Headley this past offseason, which immediately pointed to the chance that two rookies - Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres - would man second and third base, the former Pinstriper's respective positions. But neither rookie made the squad out of spring training,

Instead, the Yankees went with a young, but experienced third baseman in Brandon Drury, and an inexperienced 23-year-old in Tyler Wade at second base.

Tags: Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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Injuries happen in sports.

It's a simple truth that the Yankees are coping with all too often early this season. Besides the injuries themselves, the Yankees are dealing with two players who withheld information to varying extents, though it is plausible the club could have handled the particular situations differently, potentially preventing or curtailing the current dilemma.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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Breaking News: Fans of the New York Yankees thrive on freaking out.

Giancarlo Stanton, the club's newest shiny prize, kicked off the season with a two-homer day and there was jubilation among the Yankees faithful. But since Opening Day, Stanton is in one of the worst slumps of his career, prompting more than a few fans to boo him at Yankee Stadium on different occasions and others to lament the trade...

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Apr 6, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) is helped off the field by trainer Steve Donahue after being injured as manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on against the Baltimore Orioles during the 14th inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 6, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) is helped off the field by trainer Steve Donahue after being injured as manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on against the Baltimore Orioles during the 14th inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees couldn't get out of Yankee Stadium quick enough Friday night as the team has turned into a M*A*S*H unit.

CC Sabathia, Brandon Drury, Tyler Wade and Gary Sanchez all left the game in succession Friday due to injury or illness, while Aroldis Chapman was seen by the training staff in-game. As reported earlier this morning, Sabathia and Drury are heading to the disabled list to join a slew of teammates. The Yankees have been without Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Clint Frazier and Aaron Hicks since the beginning of the season and they lost outfield replacement Billy McKinney earlier this week...

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 (Gerry Angus)
(Gerry Angus)

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It's just five games into the regular season, but Yankees rookie manager Aaron Boone has a dilemma on his hands. His bullpen is underperforming, and he's having trouble managing it.

The Yankees bullpen entered the season believed to be among the best in the game, however, the crew has performed inadequately to say the least. Yankees relievers have allowed 14 runs in 17 1/3 innings (7.27 ERA), which ranks 27th in the league. They lost back-to-back games in their first series of the season at the hands of reliever implosions, and only Didi Gregorius saved them from another in Tuesday's home opener...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Jonathan Holder, Chris Carelli
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 (Brett Davis)
(Brett Davis)

The mantra goes, "Pitching wins championships," but the Yankees will only win theirs if the offense is as impressive it is expected to be.

Positional Starters

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Sep 15, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 15, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Previewing the Yankees 2018 season, beginning with expectations for the pitching staff…

Rotation

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BNNY: Judge hits leadoff 00:05:44
Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge hit leadoff for the first time in his career in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Boston Red Sox.

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The Yankees' offense is expected to be one of the more potent groups in baseball this season. With so much fire power, how will Yanks skipper Aaron Boone deploy his batters?

It is of the utmost importance to teams to provide its most productive hitters the largest number of plate appearances possible. For the Yankees, that would mean placing Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Giancarlo Stanton near the top of the batting order. This is not exactly rocket science, but the rest of the lineup construction will have a lot to do with matchups against the opposing pitcher as well as the ballpark the game is being played.

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New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

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Each baseball player looks to make a forward progression in his game from one season to the next. For some, like Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks, the urgency is more pronounced than others.

The remarks on Hicks must to turn from, "He can elevate his game," to "Aaron Hicks has arrived!"

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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb throws against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) (Gail Burton/AP)
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb throws against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) (Gail Burton/AP)

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The Yankees entered spring camp with at least 80 percent of the rotation set in stone with the fifth piece fairly certain. Once Yankees skipper Aaron Boone wasted no time in naming Jordan Montgomery his fifth starter, it became apparent the Yankees knew all along they would begin the season with the same starting five they ended 2017.

The question becomes: Were the Yankees wise to abstain from what became a severely inexpensive pitching market for proven middle of the rotation starters? For example, Lance Lynn signed for just one year at $12 million, while Alex Cobb remains unsigned.

The Yankees have recently been reported to be both not interested and interested in Cobb, so who knows what's going on there? At the beginning of the offseason, I was of the mindset that it was OK to avoid spending big money on either pitcher, but since the market came down to one-year deals, it forces revisiting.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Fans in love with the Yankees' youth movement may have felt a bit of a gut punch Monday when the team announced a one-year agreement worth $4 million, plus incentives, for 32-year-old infielder Neil Walker.

Walker may well take over the second base role that has been up for grabs this spring, though Brian Cashman stated Monday night that the veteran would need to take hold of the role and won't be simply handed it considering there is just over two weeks left before breaking camp.

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Fans in love with the Yankees' youth movement may have felt a bit of a gut punch Monday when the team announced a one-year agreement worth $4 million, plus incentives, for 32-year-old infielder Neil Walker.

Walker may well take over the second base role that has been up for grabs this spring, though Brian Cashman stated Monday night that the veteran would need to take hold of the role and won't be simply handed it considering there is just over two weeks left before breaking camp.

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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(Charles LeClaire)

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Fans in love with the Yankees' youth movement may have felt a bit of a gut punch Monday when the team announced a one-year agreement worth $4 million, plus incentives, for 32-year-old infielder Neil Walker.

Walker may well take over the second base role that has been up for grabs this spring, though Brian Cashman stated Monday night that the veteran would need to take hold of the role and won't be simply handed it considering there is just over two weeks left before breaking camp.

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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When the Yankees made the knee-jerk reaction to sign Jacoby Ellsbury following the departure of Robinson Cano, there were plenty in the industry that suggested the contract wouldn't age well. They were right, except even they might not have believed it would happen well before the midpoint of the pact.

Baseball organizations make long-term deals with the understanding that they should be rewarded with upfront production, maximizing value early in the contract, all the while being ready to concede that the final year or two of the deal will result in below-average production. The Yankees never believed Ellsbury would have one solid season in New York before completely falling apart, but should they have?

Tags: Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) connects on a single against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) connects on a single against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

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With two gargantuan outfielders on the roster, it can be easy for Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner to become hidden from view. However, Gardner's stature on the field and in the clubhouse is always front and center.

The Yankees tout one of the more powerful offenses in the game, and it will be sparked, or it could fizzle out, depending on Gardner's contributions at the top of the lineup. Gardner, while subject to losing time in the field to his larger counterparts, remains one of the best defensive left fielders in baseball.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge points as New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge points as New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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Anyone who has read my work about the Yankees (I'm still here, so there has to be a few of you) knows that I strive to be as objective as possible as I cover the team. I'm a fan. I don't necessarily hide that, however I believe I owe it to anyone taking the time to click on a link to offer more than a drooling fan-lust piece. That is, until today and for this particular piece.

I long for dented scoreboards situated well above the yellow line. I also live for Statcast home run distance measurements, launch angles and exit velocities. Like you, I look forward to tweets letting me know someone barreled up a baseball and it left the ballpark.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chris Carelli
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The Yankees' offense has firepower up and down the lineup, and third base prospect Miguel Andujar is off to a hot start, which has created an early argument for making the Opening Day roster.

Andujar is 4-for-10 this spring with two home runs, including a walk-off bomb in Monday's win. Andujar, who turns 23 on Friday, hit a combined .315 with a .352 on-base percentage, and a .498 slugging percentage with 36 doubles, 16 home runs and 82 RBIs with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2017. Andujar accrued just 250 plate appearances with Scranton, generating an impressive .866 OPS.

Tags: Miguel Andujar, Chris Carelli
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(Kim Klement)

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When the Yankees traded for Brandon Drury, short-term and long-term questions immediately arose.

The future of Yankees' prospect Miguel Andujar, who was expected to be the favorite to break camp at third base before the trade, became a concern for those excited about the soon-to-be 23-year-old's offensive potential. The Yankees claim that Andujar is still considered the future at the hot corner, but they believe he would benefit from honing his defensive proficiency while in the minor leagues rather the majors.

Tags: 2018 Yankees Expectations, Didi Gregorius, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade (82) throws to first base for the out on Philadelphia Phillies' Brock Stassi (78) (not pictured) in the fifth inning of a baseball game during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill)
New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade (82) throws to first base for the out on Philadelphia Phillies' Brock Stassi (78) (not pictured) in the fifth inning of a baseball game during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill)

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Top prospects typically garner most of the attention in spring training, especially those like Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres, who are the presumed favorites to land starting roles in the Yankees' infield. However, it's never wise to sleep on a mid-tier prospect that has busted it on the field to reach the big leagues like Tyler Wade managed in 2017.

Wade was provided just 58 at-bats across the three-plus months he spent on the Yankees roster in 2017. As such, Wade is no longer a rookie, but the 23-year-old is vastly inexperienced in terms of reps in the major leagues.

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances walks off the field after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Baltimore won 7-6. (AP)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances walks off the field after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Baltimore won 7-6. (AP)

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The Yankees had a surprisingly magical 2017 season with numerous high quality and breakout performances; however, there were a few players whose production the club hopes is not duplicated in 2018.

Dellin Betances

Betances has never been the model of command on the mound. His inability to control his large frame forced the Yankees to convert him to a reliever in the minors as a last-ditch effort to squeeze value out of a highly touted prospect.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

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After an offseason that started off with a bang for the Yankees, the team entered into the long slog the rest of the league is entwined in as clubs wait for free agent prices to drop. For the Yankees, the slowdown has not impeded the construction of the roster - though they could still make additions - nor has it slowed down expectations that began once they were knocked out of the 2017 postseason in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series.

As pitchers and catchers officially report to camp Tuesday, let's take a look at some of the major storylines - in no particular order - set to develop through the next six-plus weeks...

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