Yankees: Five players who will help the team before the year is out
The heirs to the throne
At some point, the Yankees will call up both Chance Adams and Tyler Wade. It’s a given. They belong in the Bronx and they’ll be in the Bronx.
Regrettably, the Yankees will need to make a baseball and business decision regarding the status of Ronald Torreyes. It can be said that without Torreyes, the team would have been hard-pressed to begin the season as they did in April and early May.
Torreyes was a mainstay of the team, providing a bridge to Didi Gregorius who was recovering from an injury suffered during the World Baseball Classic. But when you put him up against Tyler Wade, the choices narrow as to what his fate is with Yankees.
Torreyes has trade value and that’s the most likely direction his future will take unless the front office can convince him to accept a demotion to Triple-A as an insurance policy for the team.
But Wade and his .319 batting average, along with a .382 on-base percentage and 24 extra-base hits send a clear signal to the Yankees that he’s ready for the Bronx. Moreover, he’s played games in six different outfield and infield positions this year as part of his grooming process to be the Yankees version of Ben Zobrist.
As with Wade, the numbers for Chance Adams speak for themselves as he’s climbed the ladder from Double-A to Triple-A in a matter of weeks with no hiccups in-between.
Except for the fact that he tosses from the right side and the Yankees preferred a lefty (Luis Cessa) to replace CC Sabathia in the rotation while he heals from a hamstring injury, Adams might already be in the Bronx.
But at some point, both these guys have the ability to help the Yankees whenever they are called on.