yankees Spring training is about to begin, and while the 2024 team is gearing up to win the World Series this season, the journey to the Fall Classic now begins.
General Motors Brian Cashman There was some reshuffling of the roster this offseason to fill some of the team’s gaps, especially in the outfield, but will it be enough?It’s been an interesting offseason, and as of this writing, many superstars are enjoying Blake Snell and Cody Bellinger Still a free agent.
Could the Yankees bring in one of these players? Sure, but since the likelihood of that happening is extremely low, we’re here to take a look at the current team and see what we can glean from spring training.
Here are five of the most interesting Yankees storylines to watch in spring training this year…
Which catchers will start the new year with the Yankees?
Barring injury, the Yankees’ starting catcher in 2024 will be Jose TrevinoThere is no doubt about this. The former All-Star backstop will be expected to bounce back from an injury-laden 2023 and lead the Yankees rotation to bigger and better things.
But who will support him?We’ve seen it over the past few seasons Higashioka Kyle As a substitute in the team, but now he joins San Diegowho will take over this mantle? Ben Rotwit, Obtained from Josh Donaldson 2022 deal, played some time last year, largely because he became Gerrit Colepersonal catcher.
Unfortunately, Rotevelt’s offensive numbers leave a lot to be desired. In 32 games, the 26-year-old had eight hits and only three reached base.
Another option is prospect Austin Wells. The 24-year-old was called up in September and looked to be very comfortable at and behind the plate by the end of the regular season. Of Wells’ 10 extra-base hits, four were home runs, including three of the last five of the game.
It will be interesting to see if Wells can continue to show his expected offensive prowess while proving he can be a competent defender.
Which young pitchers could be future options?
The Yankees’ rotation still has a lot of question marks, but Cashman and the team have done a good job of assembling a lot of young players in their farm system. Even after trading some of them this offseason, the Yankees still have a number of potential pitchers who could make the team on Opening Day if not drafted during the season.
With the health of much of the rotation in doubt, a starter or two will likely need to be called up, and that’s where spring training comes into play this year.pitchers like Will Warren, Chase Hampton, Clayton Bit More people will be showing their stuff at camp.
Can one or two prove they can be called upon when the time comes?The Yankees have a good track record of successfully using young pitchers in spot starts, e.g. Louis Gill, Randy Vasquez and Jonny Brito. With Vasquez and Brito gone, who will fill that role this season? This is something worth paying attention to.
What will the outfield look like?
Aaron Judge is the Yankees’ only outfield regular as the offseason begins, but who will the team surround their captain with? Juan Soto One of the issues was solved, but one remains how come Aaron Boone deploy his domaindefense?
Judge can play center field and right field, but the organization wants to avoid their slugger putting too much pressure on the legs in center field. Unfortunately, the real everyday center fielder situation isn’t addressed this offseason, so it looks like Judge will be playing a lot of games in center field this season.
What fans and the baseball community want to focus on is how others are using it.Soto will likely play right field since it’s easier to defend at Yankee Stadium, while left field will see a variety of combinations Alex Verdugo and Trent Grisham over there.
Yankees fans should get used to an outfield of Verdugo, Judge and Soto, but how often will we see Grisham start? How about it? Giancarlo Stanton?With the additions of Soto and Verdugo, are his days in the outfield over?
Can the starters stay healthy?
Three of the Yankees’ potential starters from last season ended up going to different teams. Luis Severino signed with mets After becoming a free agent, McCulkin was traded to priest in soto trade Domingo Delman was released.
Who did the Yankees turn to to fill their shoes? Um, Marcus Stroman is the big pitcher New York signed this offseason, and he will take the field in pinstripes for the first time this spring. Stroman was coming off an All-Star season, but his second half was hampered by injuries.he said he Played due to injury last yearit’s affecting his ability to pitch — and his numbers show it — but can he stay healthy? He says he’s fully healthy, but his pitching this spring will go a long way toward proving he’s healthy.
The same situation is Carlos Roden and Nestor CortesRowden’s first year in the Bronx wasn’t ideal. The left-hander signed a six-year, $162 million contract before the 2023 season and had a lot of starts and shutouts last year. He started only 14 games, compiling a 3-8 record and a 6.85 ERA. The 31-year-old was injured in spring training last year, and the Yankees are hoping he can stay healthy through February and March so he can find some consistency.
And then we have Cortes. The 29-year-old started just 12 games, and while he was solid with a 5-2 record and a 4.97 ERA, he simply couldn’t stay on the field. The Yankees have a chance to go deep this season, and they need Cortez and others to stay relatively healthy. This is worthy of attention.
Who hits where?
A lot has been done about the Yankees’ lineup.Boone said Orders still “pending” But he envisions Soto playing second in front of Judge. The lineup may change depending on the starters to keep as much balance as possible between the right-handed Judge and the left-handed Soto.
There are a lot of possibilities for how Boone deploys his offense, so it will be interesting to see where he ends up landing. Expect different changes to the lineups used early in spring training as hitters try to get used to different parts of the hitting lineup.As we get closer to March 28th, when the Yankees head to Houston bear astros.