Who will be on the 30-Man Roster of the 2020 Yankees?
Get ready for a season unlike any other — if the coronavirus allows baseball to be played, there will be hundreds of ins, outs, and particulars involved in this Yankees season that we’ll likely never see again (and a few that purists will have to continue stomaching).
And while we’ve already devoted a few hundred words to the unpleasantries — like the horrid extra innings rule — it’s now time to examine a more joyous development.
For the first two weeks of action, teams will now carry 30-man active rosters in an effort to mitigate movement following injuries, giving us more access to talent than ever before.
So, who will make the Yankees’ newfangled squad? Will any top prospects who would’ve otherwise been sentenced to a minor-league season play in the bigs instead, considering the lower levels’ imminent cancellation? We’ve got four spots to play with, but we’ll break the roster down in full, piece-by-piece.
2020 Yankees Roster: Infield and Catchers
The New York Yankees are doing to have some extra space for infielders in 2020.
IF: Miguel Andujar, Mike Ford, DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Gio Urshela, Tyler Wade (7)
C: Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka (2)
Catcher, we’ll keep it simple. If you find the need to carry more than two catchers in a 60-game sprint, then an Eric Kratz-like replacement will be waiting for you on a taxi squad. Even in this reality, we don’t have the roster room for it.
As for the infield, this newfound limit certainly made the current logjam easier to sort out. There’s no reason to shun someone like the versatile Wade, or the slightly redundant (assuming everyone is healthy) Ford. When the rosters are further cut down to 28 and 26 men, we unfortunately expect Ford to be among the first to go — healthy pitching is going to be the priority here for extra space on this already-deep team. But for now, Ford and Wade can slot in on the bench, with Voit/LeMahieu/Torres/Urshela starting, and Andujar roving all around the field, giving Urshela/Stanton/Judge breathers (though fewer than he would have in a 162-game marathon).