Each week of the Major League Baseball season brings about new challenges. It brings about new highs and lows for teams and players alike. So we look once again to the New York Yankees and which players are moving up and others that are struggling. And check out some previous installments of this count down.
1 Up: Miguel Andújar
The Yankees starting third baseman would return from the Injured List this past weekend. And it was a welcomed sight. The Yankees have been besieged by injuries but have been playing well. With Andújar’s return, the Yankees lineup is now lengthened. And having a healthy Miguel Andújar also adds to the versatility of the Yankees roster.
1 Down: James Paxton
But as has been the trend all season when the Yankees get someone back from the IL, they lose another. James Paxton was placed on the Injured List with left knee inflammation. And while it is said to be a short-term stint, it still represents another player lost for part of this season.
2 Up: Clint Frazier
Just like Miguel Andújar, Clint Frazier has returned from the Injured List. The Yankees have been playing well. But the readdition of Clint Frazier is likely to only assist the Yankees. Before going out with the ankle injury, Clint was on fire. So if Frazier is able to pick up where he left off the Yankees will be in an even better position.
2 Down: Joe Harvey
The young reliever would make his Major League debut this season. And after an impressive start, Harvey would struggle. Joe Harvey would pitch to the tune of an ERA of 6.14 and a WHIP of 1.77. In seven innings of work, Harvey would walk five men and surrender eight hits. There is still time for the young righty to develop and gain more confidence.
3 Up: Thairo Estrada
The young Yankee infielder has made an impact this season for the Bronx Bombers. We even witnessed Thairo’s first Major League home run. Over the course of 21 at-bats, Estrada would produce a slash line of .333/.364/.476 and play above average defensively. With all of the injuries, the Yankees have suffered this season it has been the play of players like Thairo that have aided the Bombers march towards October.
3 Down: Michael Tauchman
Before the start of the regular season, the Yankees would acquire the young outfielder Michael Tauchman from the Colorado Rockies. But the early returns haven’t been positive. Through 76 at-bats Tauchman is struggling and is slashing merely .184/.280/.364. The one positive note is that of Tauchman’s four hits three have been for home runs.
B.O.L.O: Gio Urshela
Injuries have given way for opportunities for many Yankees this season. And some players have faltered, while others have succeeded. One such player that has found success is Gio Urshela. Urshela has been destroying the baseball with a slash line of .352/.420/.493 so far this season. And even more impressively over the last seven games at a .438/.526/.500 clip. Urshela has helped carry this Yankees team in the absence of many sluggers. And his incredible performance should continue going forward.