2. How Will Aaron Boone Manage the Stacked OF?
Quality and quantity define the Yankees outfield, so who plays?
Talk about an embarrassment of riches. The Yankees outfield features six starting-quality outfielders (and that’s not counting Miguel Andujar).
With so many options, manager Aaron Boone will have some tough decisions to make early in the season with the unit at full strength.
All signs point to Aaron Judge manning right field every night, Giancarlo Stanton suiting up as the designated hitter, and Aaron Hicks as the primary centerfielder. Veteran Brett Gardner will likely start on Opening Day in left field, but Mike Tauchman’s strong showing in summer camp should grant him some significant playing time.
The odd man out in all likelihood is Clint Frazier. Although he has shown out with his bat in July, his lackluster fielding will probably be the difference in a Yankees lineup full of pop.
The Yankees have plenty of options in the outfield, which was going to be even more crucial if the season started on tim considering Hicks, Judge or Stanton wouldn’t have been ready for Opening Day. Now, New York is at full strength and only time will tell how Boone decides to deploy his vast arsenal.