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Pinstripe Alley Jan 18, 2020
The Yankees’ pitching staff has prioritized strikeouts

The Yankees’ pitching staff has prioritized strikeouts

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ If there is a weakness on the team, it’s infield defense, but 15 K’s a game takes care of that A week ago I wrote about a potential liability for the 2020 Yankees, their infield defense. If we assume that the starting infield, from left to right, is Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit, based on 2019 fielding data there’s only one clearly above-average fielder in the bunch. As we say so often though, a run scored is the same as a run prevented, and the weakest hitter of those four was the 125 wRC+ Gleyber Torres, and when the worst hitter in...
Pinstripe Alley Jan 12, 2020
The LSU football player who pitched for the Yankees

The LSU football player who pitched for the Yankees

Photo by Gregory Shamus/ Ahead of the National Championship Game, let’s look back at a former LSU Tiger who had a brief career in pinstripes. The College Football Playoff Championship Game will be played on Monday night when LSU takes on Clemson. Current Yankees that might have a special interest in the game include DJ LeMahieu who played at LSU, helping them win a national championship in 2009. Of course, he played baseball while at the school. However, there is one Yankee from history who also suited up on the football field in Baton Rouge. In December 1987, the Yankees and Mariners...
Pinstripe Alley Jan 12, 2020
How DJ LeMahieu can repeat his strong 2019 season for the Yankees

How DJ LeMahieu can repeat his strong 2019 season for the Yankees

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports There are three phases to LeMahieu’s game that improved last season, and stand a good chance of remaining for 2020 DJ LeMahieu, a two-time all-star and three-time gold glove award winner in Colorado, came to the Yankees as a free agent with very little fanfare last offseason. While all eyes were on Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, and Patrick Corbin, Brian Cashman quietly picked up LeMahieu on a two-year $24 million deal with a plan to use him as the Yankees’ infield swiss army knife. It couldn’t have gone much better than it did, as LeMahieu went on to...
Pinstripe Alley Jan 11, 2020
How new defensive stats change the way we see the Yankees

How new defensive stats change the way we see the Yankees

Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Outs Above Average offers new ways to evaluate the Yankees Let’s talk about the infield again! If there was one weakness on a 103-win Yankees team, it was infield defense. By all the metrics we have, Gio Urshela was merely fine; Gleyber Torres wasn’t, especially at second base; Didi Gregorius took a step back; and Luke Voit was a DH. Only DJ LeMahieu had a really standout year defensively, and that’s one of the reasons the Yankees signed him anyway. As we look toward 2020, it’s fair to question the infield defense again. Torres seems...
Pinstripe Alley Jan 2, 2020
A talented middle infield duo is rising through the Yankees’ system

A talented middle infield duo is rising through the Yankees’ system

Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Josh Smith and Oswald Peraza will form a high-ceiling middle infield for the High-A Tampa Tarpons this coming season. The Yankees will put one of the best double play tandems in baseball on the field this season with Gleyber Torres and DJ LeMahieu working up the middle. Down in the minors, the Yankees’ system is becoming flush with middle infield talent, and this season the High-A Tampa Tarpons will see another impressive combo working their way up the ladder. Josh Smith and Oswald Peraza both flashed exciting potential last season, and could...
Pinstripe Alley Jan 1, 2020
Where DJ LeMahieu’s defense is most valuable

Where DJ LeMahieu’s defense is most valuable

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports The Yankees’ MVP in 2019 can play around the diamond, but is there more value in locking him into one role? Heading into 2020, the Yankees’ team MVP is an unlikely one. DJ LeMahieu burst onto the scene after arriving in free agency from Colorado, flashing excellent defense on top of a plus-bat that found power away from Coors Field. The team brought him in on a two-year deal looking to serve a high-usage utility role and ended up with a core piece of their lineup. As things stand, LeMahieu is lined up to move back into a more traditional role. He slots...
Pinstripe Alley Dec 30, 2019
Who will lead the Yankees in home runs next season?

Who will lead the Yankees in home runs next season?

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports There is no shortage of candidates, but two of them stand out among the rest The Yankees hit 306 home runs in 2019. They would have the record for more dingers in a season if it weren’t for the Minnesota Twins, who hit 307 this year. It is pretty clear that the Bombers are, well, that. A total of 14 players surpassed the ten-homer mark this year: Cameron Maybin, Clint Frazier, Mike Ford, Aaron Hicks, Edwin Encarnacion, Mike Tauchman, Didi Gregorius, Luke Voit, Giovanny Urshela, DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres. That...
Pinstripe Alley Dec 28, 2019
On Aaron Judge’s greatness, and his potential

On Aaron Judge’s greatness, and his potential

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports The Yankees’ right fielder is an elite performer, and we should all appreciate his contributions in every facet of the game. The Yankees have assembled a fantastic roster that is ready to compete with any team in 2020. The primary goal is to win the World Series for the 28th time, and anything less than that will likely be viewed as a disappointment. To reach the final destination, the Bombers need their best player to come through. And that player is Aaron Judge. DJ LeMahieu just posted the team’s highest fWAR of 2019 with 5.4. Gerrit Cole had a 7.4...
Pinstripe Alley Dec 25, 2019
What could a Yankees third base platoon look like in 2020?

What could a Yankees third base platoon look like in 2020?

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports The Yankees aren’t lacking for depth at the third base position, but they’ll have to make some tough lineup decisions along the way. the Barring a trade before the season begins, the Yankees will have two interesting options at third base in 2020. Miguel Andujar, the runner up for Rookie of the Year honors in 2018, and Gio Urshela, who posted 3.1 WAR last season, are both more than capable of contributing to a good lineup. DJ Lemahieu also proved capable of playing third base last season, but he figures to be the everyday second baseman with Didi...
Pinstripe Alley Dec 23, 2019
Breaking down the Yankees’ projected lineup

Breaking down the Yankees’ projected lineup

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports The YES Network decided to look into the Yankees’ projected lineup. What can that tell us? Last Friday, the YES Network ran a segment discussing the possible lineups and defensive arrangements that the Yankees may run out there in 2020, based on the current construction of the 26-man roster. But does their projection make sense? Before we dive in, you can watch that segment as posted on the YES Network Twitter page. So according to these projections, we should expect to see a lineup that looks something like this: DJ LeMahieu, 2B Aaron Judge,...

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