March 11, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Ronnier Mustelier (95) reaches base on an error against the St. Louis Cardinals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Ronnier Mustelier: The Forgotten New York Yankees Option At Third


Remember last spring training when the New York Yankees needed a third baseman because Alex Rodriguez was injured? Well, the Yankees trotted out all sorts of options out there. Well, one option that intrigued was that of Ronnier Mustelier, who even though third base wasn’t his natural position, he played well enough and looked like he could hit a little bit. He banged up his knee towards the end and missed some time. So why hasn’t he been talked about as an option at third this year?

Well, he’s not on the 40-man roster, which is full so they can’t add anyone to it unless someone else gets hurt at this point ( though will be interesting to see who gets dropped if they sign Masahiro Tanaka). Secondly, he’s 29 years old and will turn 30 in August, though to me, if he can rake, it shouldn’t matter how old he is.

Mustelier had a .272/.319/.398 with seven homers and 39 RBI in just 84 games at AAA. The year before, he hit over .300 in just 90 games. He can also play the corner outfield spots, which could help him in a bench role. What’s a little troubling to what the Yankees think of him, is that even when the Yankees need extra infielders he wasn’t added last year.

The Yankees infield could be quite the mess this year, especially third base. The Yankees have failed to develop infielders which have left them in this quagmire. The Yankees should be looking at any and all options so why not Musty?

 

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  • Thomas Katona

    If the yanks would try & work with some of there minor league players they might not have these problems like 3rd base! Why do the yanks even have scouts? They haven’t had anyone decent come up in years.It seems like most of baseball has pretty dam good home grown talent. But not the yanks they always got to buy players never even have decent guys in minors to make any trades. They cost themselves money.

    • JoeDaBeast

      Strange thing, it is said that the Yankees do not develop in their farm system, but they tend to finish fairly well in their level’s playoffs. So what is missing, not bringing players up for a week or two, getting that exposure?

  • Wild Banshee

    Good points.

  • Jim Harper

    What bothers me most is I have never heard of this guy, and sounds like he has terrific talent. He also sounds better than some of the guys they have brought on board.

  • Tim McFadden

    I don’t see him getting much of a look for two reasons. That OBP is too low, and he won’t solve what will be the Pinstripers’ main problem this coming season: No power in the lineup. As it stands currently, they have at least seven offensive holes in the lineup. Eight, if Tex doesn’t revert to pre-2010 levels.

    • NYY

      7?? Name them

  • Mark D. West

    Nunez did a good job there the last third of the season. His BA rose markedly. He should be more in the mix for the hot corner.