• April 1st Vs. June 1st

    Posted by on March 30th, 2017 · Comments (4)

    Via the Post

    The Yankees are going ahead with their youth movement, and that means Aaron Judge will be the right fielder over Aaron Hicks.

    Joe Girardi announced the Opening Day roster on Thursday. Luis Severino was named the fourth starter, and Jordan Montgomery, Chad Green and Luis Cessa will compete in the minors for the fifth spot, which the team won’t need until April 16.

    Bryan Mitchell, Chasen Shreve and Jonathan Holder will join Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Tyler Clippard, Adam Warren and Tommy Layne in the bullpen.

    Perhaps the biggest surprise was Judge. Hicks now becomes the team’s fourth outfielder.

    “That was a very tough call,” Girardi said. “We thought Judge won the competition.”

    And Girardi made it clear Judge will be there on a regular basis and not in a platoon.

    “Our plan is to play him every day,” the manager said. “And play Hicks against left-handers.”

    The race is on! Will Severino still be in the rotation June 1st? Will Judge still be in right at that time? We’ll see…

    Comments on April 1st Vs. June 1st

    1. Raf
      March 31st, 2017 | 8:28 am

      Not sure how Judge starting over Hicks is a surprise. Hicks was brought over as a 4th OF (Gardner-Ellsbury-Beltran as starters) with the idea that he might put it together and become a starter.

      This wasn’t going to change, with Judge being the “future” and not having much else to do at AAA. Since Hicks is a switch hitter, and can play all three positions, he can rest one of Gardner-Ellsbury-Judge, especially Gardner-Ellsbury against lefties.

    2. Evan3457
      April 1st, 2017 | 4:57 pm

      I’m glad their rolling the dice with Judge, but I want them to give him a real shot. I don’t want it be one of those “Oh, he’s 4 for 27 with 12 K in his 1st seven games, so back to AAA he goes.” crap sandwiches.

    3. April 2nd, 2017 | 1:58 pm

      I think Aaron is going to turn into another Shelley Duncan, I hope I’m wrong.

    4. April 3rd, 2017 | 1:33 pm

      Bat wise? Maybe. But, he’s more athletic in the field.

      If he does make it big, how long until his natural mom or dad comes out of the woods?

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