Five Yankees Rookies Who Will Have Big Roles In 2015
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Jose Pirela: He hit extremely well during his short stint in the Bronx during the 2014 season (.333/.360/.542) and will look to play an even bigger part as a member of the 2015 Yankees.
Though he’s mainly a second baseman, the 24-year-old Pirela can play almost anywhere. During the 2014 season as a member of the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Railriders, he played games at first base, second base, shortstop, and all three outfield positions.
When the 2015 season begins, Pirela will likely be used as a super-utility man, who will play a number of different positions. There will be days when he will be filling in for Martin Prado, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and maybe even Carlos Beltran on occasion.
Another potential option is for him to be the starting second baseman.
If Headley and Stephen Drew sign elsewhere, and it’s decided that Rodriguez isn’t healthy enough to play third base on a regular basis, Martin Prado could step up as the everyday third baseman, which would likely leave a hole at second base which would mean that Pirela could slide into the everyday lineup.