Wednesday, March 15, 2017
TAMPA, Fla.—New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has noticed the young talent this spring has jumped from low tide to high tide. And he has put everyone on notice.
“In a sense, everyone’s job in here is in jeopardy in a year, two years,” he said. “That is the quality of player that we have in camp. People are starting to pass people up.”
Who is most likely to swipe jobs, and who is most likely to lose them? It might not happen this season or at all, but Girardi doesn’t make a statement like that unless he means it. If young players continue to perform and old ones don’t, there could be changes.
For now, we’re not including youngsters Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and Aaron Judge. Sanchez, barring an injury, will be the starting catcher, and Bird and Judge have the inside track to break camp as starters as well, at first base and right field, respectively. In our minds, they’re already in.
Here are five potential Yankees stars of the future, and whom they could replace.
Jorge Mateo in CF is my favorite on the list.
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