Yankees: 7 Prospects New York Can Afford to Trade in Blockbuster Deals
By Ryan Doyle
6. Thairo Estrada
Could the Yankees ship a versatile player in the coming months in Thairo Estrada?
Utilityman Thairo Estrada made his big-league debut last season and showed some promise as an option off the bench. He certainly entered spring training in the mix alongside Tyler Wade to back up most infield positions and corner outfield spots in a pinch.
In 35 games, he hit .250/.294/.438 which is nothing to write home about, but his versatility in the field is where his value lies for the Yanks. While Wade will likely earn the primary utility spot, Estrada certainly could play a role on the taxi squad or off the bench in 2020.
When you consider Wade’s baserunning and speed, it’ll be hard for Estrada to get as much playing time as he wishes, especially with Miguel Andujar expected to be back and contributing this year. Estrada logged a lot of his time on the MLB roster due to a slew of injuries, and if that doesn’t happen to be the case again by Aug. 31, there’s no doubt he’ll be included in talks.
He’ll carry some value even if he hasn’t exactly proved himself in the bigs yet.