2. A Random Minor Leaguer Hits Balls Like Stanton and Judge
Do the Yankees really have a secret Giancarlo Stanton in Scranton?
And does he really play first base, the team’s position of need ever since Luke Voit went down with knee surgery?
If both of these things are true, then why is he not on the MLB roster right now?
Only the Yankees can answer that string of questions, because Chris Gittens is very real and very much spectacular.
Yes, the team that let Garrett Whitlock walk to the Red Sox this offseason because they insisted on protecting a few fringe relievers like Brooks Kriske and some utility men like Thairo Estrada seems reticent to use a 40-man roster spot on the 27-year-old Gittens, who has a batted ball profile unlike almost anyone else currently stuck in the minors.
And then they let Estrada go this week to bring in Rougned Odor! As well as Josh Stowers and Antonio Cabello in the Odor trade! All to replace … Jay Bruce, kind of?
Why all these ridiculous additions just to leave Gittens in the minors? Who knows. But the kid clearly isn’t your average 27-year-old prospect.
You can’t be worried about swings and misses, yet also roll out the red carpet for Bruce, who whiffs constantly and hasn’t posted peripherals like this … ever.
This is rarefied air, and perhaps the Yanks don’t want to let the word get out knowing Voit will return. Or maybe they’re just using their roster wrong. Could be that … again.