New York Yankees have potential problem with prospects set to man infield
The New York Yankees have a problem. Actually, they have two.
One is at second base, and the other at third.
With Starlin Castro getting shipped to the Marlins in the Stanton deal, the Yankees don’t have an everyday guy at second base. And then, with Chase Headley headed back to the Padres and Todd Frazier a free agent, third base is vacant as well.
Sure, they have utility guy Ronald Torreyes, who has racked up 52 starts at second and 43 at third respectively. But it seems that GM Brian Cashman is ok with prospects Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres winning the starting jobs out of Spring Training.
Andujar and Torres are star prospects but it is a risk to bank on both rookies transitioning smoothly to the bigs. Most super-stars are optioned back down to the minors when they first come up. Remember how unsettling it was at first for Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, but the Yankees softened that blow with veterans Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran ready to go.
Also, Torres is a shortstop who only played five games at second last season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
With the 2018 Yankees salivating for a World Series title now, holes at second and third could become their Achilles heel if both youngsters need some extra time to adjust.
My bet is Torres, who did just rehab from Tommy John surgery on his non-throwing arm will be sent to the minors after Spring Training whether he is ready or not.
Why? The Yankees can control Torres for another year if he spends at least 12-days more down in the minors.
So Torreyes could man second, or excuse me, will have too. Andujar can take over at third. As what other option is there for now? Tyler Wade, I guess, yikes.
Now to think this will all run smoothly next season goes against the norm. And don’t forget the added pressure of playing in a playoff-hungry Bronx, no easy task for even seasoned players.
Lets see of the Yankees pull any other tricks out of their off-season bag but money, availability and time are all running out, as Spring Training is right around the corner.
Bottom line is both Andujar and Torres are on the path of superstardom to come, but when that transition happens is yet to be seen. The two are still so young, at only 22 (Andujar) and just 21 (Torres) respectively, to expect this to happen right now.