Projected 2018 Yankees Starting Lineup – Didi Gregorius Number 6
He was originally brought in to be a stop gap between Derek Jeter and prospects coming up to take their place at short stop. But an interesting thing happened on the way to the 2018 season, Gregorius got really good and is showing signs of getting even better. He managed a .287 average, 25 home runs, 87 RBI, and a WAR of 3.7, which are numbers that has continued to climb over the last three years. He has hit in the four and five holes a lot in 2017 and this year that kind of production slides back to six. That is an embarrassment of riches and a great acquisition by Cashman.
Projected 2018 Yankees Starting Lineup – Aaron Hicks Number 7
The Yankees acquired Hicks for almost nothing and he rewarded playing time by breaking out last season. He has an incredible center field glove, arguably top-10 in baseball, and like Gardner, he works pitchers. He only played in 88 games last year but still hit 15 home runs, managed 53 RBI, and even stole 10 bases. He can easily be a 20-20 guy and that would be from the seven hole. I will take that every day of the week. To think, Hicks is probably just holding down the fort for Estevan Florial in two years. That is my kind of waiting game.
Projected 2018 Yankees Starting Lineup – Miguel Andujar Number 8
As of the time of this writing, the Yankees have yet to resolve the issue at 3B. Some argue it will be Torres but 2B is a spot he can thrive. That means 3B is open. However, the team will most certainly have Miguel Andujar at Spring Training. His offensive upside and cannon arm could be enough for him to quiet the rumors and land the starting job to start the season. He got a taste of the Big Show in 2017 after being called up for five games. While a small sample, he did hit .571 with two doubles and four RBI in those five games. The solution to the Yankees 3B problem just might be in-house when he plays in his age 23 season and even at eighth in the lineup, he will get plenty of opportunities in this lineup.
Projected 2018 Yankees Starting Lineup – Gleyber Torres Number 9
As the youth movement continues, it is time for one of the most prized prospects in baseball to come and assume his rightful role as the second baseman of the Yankees. He had a season-ending injury last year but was ready to go play winter ball. The decision was to pass but knowing he could have played is a great sign. There is no need to get into every category but as he grows and his frame matures his offensive numbers are becoming beyond impressive. The shocking piece is that he is finding power. Power for Torres is not limited to the home run. With a little more seasoning and maturing he can easily become a Gold Glove second baseman that hits .275-.285 with 25 home runs and 65 extra base hits. Now that is a beautiful thing. If he struggles a bit in 2018, the Yankees can afford to keep him up and let him work through it. If he is solid, then he will be a great way to turn the lineup over.
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