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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 09: Gio Urshela #29 of the New York Yankees catches a flyball against the Tampa Bay Rays during the third inning in Game Five of the American League Division Series at PETCO Park on October 09, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Batting Seventh: Gio Urshela, 3B

The Yankees are lucky to have Gio Urshela.

Somehow, the New York Yankees ended up with a top-five defensive third baseman in baseball who’s proven his bat’s not a fluke, either, for cash. From the Toronto Blue Jays. Thanks. Thanks a ton.

One of the few things that’s gone wrong for Toronto over the past few years (wouldn’t they rather have Urshela at third and Vlad Guerrero Jr. locked in at first?) has been to the Yankees’ benefit, and the New Yorkers are blessed to insert Urshela in the seventh hole in his third full season in the Boogie Down.

Urshela’s follow up to a .314 season with 21 homers and 74 RBI during which he made the Red Sox his subordinate was also very impressive — the wizard hit .298 and knocked in 30 runs in just 43 games, coming through in the clutch repeatedly and capping his campaign off with The Gio Urshela Game against the Indians in the WC Round. A grand slam off relief ace James Karinchak, a key double play that very few people turn to wrap up the eighth inning suddenly, and a huge single to center off Brad Hand in the ninth. A career-defining game with so much career left to go.

Urshela is an excellent contact and power bat, and we still can’t believe we get to bat him this low in the order.