Young Middle Infield Gives Yankees Versatility With Top Prospects

The Yankees are undergoing a youth movement that we haven’t seen in years. There has been speculation as to what will happen with Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro with Gleyber Torres, and Jorge Mateo in the minors. Both Gregorius and Castro are 26 years old currently. 

While both prospects mature in the minors. The youth of Didi and Starlin give the Yankees flexibility that they haven’t seen in quite some time. If only one prospect rises in the middle infield then Starlin could eventually be moved to third base. If both prospects worked out you could look into moving someone.

Many Yankees fans have been dismayed by the way that Castro has performed this season; however, he has been quite steady for the Yankees. After getting out to a slow start in the first half of the season, Castro has batted .298 with 11 homers and 38 RBI’s during the second half of the season. He has also hit the ball well at home, batting .317 with 15 homers and 43 RBI’s. Let’s remember that this is Castro’s first season in the American League, and he is seeing a lot of pitchers he is unfamiliar with. 

Castro’s battering mate Didi Gregorius has also been solid batting .276 with 19 homers and 68 RBI’s this season. As a young duo up the middle they have certainly flourished in their first season together in pinstripes.

The biggest problem that the Yankees have faced is their table setters, and middle of the line up bats. Gardner and especially Ellsbury have struggled to get on base. This makes it hard for middle of the order bats to knock in runs. Speaking of 3-4 hitters, the Yankees struggled to get any consistency from them. Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez started the season at the 3-4 spot. The Yankees struggled to get any consistency from those spots until Gary Sanchez burst onto the scene. Next season the middle of the order should be improved with Sanchez and Bird.

The bottom part of the Yankee line up was actually rather strong this season. Considering that Didi and Castro were not meant to be middle of the line up bats they have provided the Yankees with solid pop and production at the plate. These two would compliment the offense if the top of the order could improve. Regardless, both of these young guys have a promising career ahead of them. They give the Yankees multiple options for the future. 

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Author: David Rinehart

Die hard Yankees fan! Grew up rooting for the dynasty the Yankees built in the 90's.

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