New York Yankees

AL EAST Division

New York Yankees Preview and Predictions 2024

The 2023 version of this time was boring. They won 82 games which was lowest in many years. So now they are attempting to pull themselves up.

The rotation is led by Cy Young winner Gerrit Cole. He was very good to excellent in 2023. Cole knows how to keep batters off balance. He has a heater fastball near 97 mph and his spin rate is crazy. He can put batters away with his slider.Sliding into the second spot maybe Carlos Rodon. Injury really limited him. When he was on the mound his fastball was an issue.Clarke Schmidt also had troubles mount up for him as he was poor at the start and end of season. Only the middle did he show some life. Nestor Cortes had shoulder issues and could’t stay in the rotation. He was more than decent in 2022. The last spot on the mound will be up for grabs. Look for Luis Gil. Yoendrys Gomez or Clayton Beeler to grab it.

The bullpen will see Clay Holmes getting the closing role and Jonathan Loaisiga coming back from a injury shortened season. Scott Effross will return after missing the complete year due to Tommy John surgery. Tommy Kahnle is change-up pitcher and he throws it almost 75 of the time. That highlights his fastball as an out pitch. Ian Hamilton will get his chances from the bullpen.

Catching for the Yankees will see a tandem at work in Jose Trevino and Austin Wells after Higashioka was dealt. trevino likely rates out as a better backstop. Hitting will determine the starter.

The infield will use speedster Oswald Peraza to be the primary backup since he can middle infield positions well. However, his bat is light. Anthony Rizzo and a his lefty bat returns. Hope is for him to return to a younger version of himself at the plate and first base. Gleyber Torres is at second. He once had superstar written all over him but the star is fading. At shortstop is Anthony Volpe. He has plus speed but a weak bat. DJ LeMahieu mans the third sack. His contact rate has gone downhill for a few seasons now.

Outfield is set. Juan Soto was an enormous pick up as his bat is the best in the game. A pure hitter with Grade A bat control. then the monster home run guy in Aasron Judee returns and he must stay healthy for the Yankees to have a chance. The last outfielder belongs to Giancarlo Stanton, another slugger. He, likely many others on this roster battle staying health and in the lineup. He probably is more destined to be the designated hitter. Alex Verdugo, acquired from the Red Sox will get first chance at any open outfield position.

Prospects: Outfielder Spencer Jones is a big power hitter and a decent fielder. Also, outfielder Jasson Domingueuz got a brief call up and looks to have speed and power but is a recovering Tommy John player. Another form outfield is prospect Everson Pereira. His has power galore but also is a swing and miss guy. Strikeouts out too much.

Prediction: The Yankees are all about the health. They finish third in the AL East with a n 85-76 record.

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