Lefties: 2 (Wright, Coke)
Righties: 3 (McCutchen, Jones, Kontos)
Returning: 3 (Wright, McCutchen, Jones)
New: 2 (Coke, Kontos)
Considering the lack of lefties the Yankees have in their system as a whole, the Thunder’s starting rotation is pretty well-balanced. If you take Wright out and add Smith, then you’ve got four righties and one lefty…take out Coke and add Marquez (possible when Karstens comes back) then it’s five righties and no southpaws.
Lefties: 1 (Kroenke)
Righties: 6 (Gardner, Hall, Jackson, Robertson, Schmidt, Wordekemper)
Returning: 5 (Kroenke, Gardner, Jackson, Wordekemper, Robertson)
New: 2 (Hall, Schmidt)
I don’t like Kroenke as the only lefty. His Tampa numbers were great, but his Thunder stats were anything but. If you need to bring someone in from the pen in a specialized situation, how reliable is he going to be? Again, there is a serious lack of top-level talent from the left side of the mound in the Yankees organization, and the supposed weak points of both the bullpen and rotation will come from there — Coke and Kroenke.
Projected Starting Lineup
Lefties: 2 (Ehlers, Curtis)
Righties: 4 (Pilittere, Carson, Jackson, Tabata)
Switch: 3 (Corona, Pena, Vechionacci)
Returning: 8 (Ehlers, Curtis, Pilittere, Carson, Jackson, Corona, Pena, Vechionacci)
New: 1 (Tabata)
A lot of versatility here at the plate. I think Carson and Malec will be pretty interchangable at the DH spot, but he too is a switch hitter. Tony Franklin should have a lot of options for late-game situations with this lineup.
Righties: 2 (Muich, Russo)
Switch: 2 (Malec, Mendoza)
Returning: 2 (Muich, Mendoza)
New: 2 (Russo, Malec)
Some decent late inning options here, as well as players that Franklin can be comfortable inserting into his lineup if someone gets called up or injured. Muich probably won’t see a lot of time behind the plate, and he’ll need to do better than he did in his brief call-up last year.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com