The New York Yankees have tried nothing to change their fate in 2021, and they’re all out of options.
Well, that isn’t entirely fair. The only area in which they’ve shown any willingness to alter their day-to-day operations is through promotions from Triple-A.
They went as far as to add Chris Gittens last week, which was a nice first step. Unfortunately, he’s only started three games, and one swing of an offensive spark isn’t nearly enough.
There’s a natural outfielder still sitting in Scranton utterly raking, which is something Clint Frazier hasn’t done all season in the Bronx, save for one walk-off. What does Trey Amburgey have to do to get another look?
No, Amburgey is not on the 40-man roster … though it’s safe to say we’re more interested in seeing what he can provide than in making sure Ryan LaMarre maintains his roster spot.
We’re not the only ones, either. Check beloved Yankees backup Erik Kratz’s Twitter account. He sends basically the same message every day, and we hope it’s not falling on deaf ears.
Can the Yankees give OF Trey Amburgey a roster spot?
Doesn’t this just smell like a guy who rakes after the middling Yankees decide their roster is “too good” to be adjusted? Don’t answer that.
Amburgey isn’t an entirely unfamiliar face to Yankees fans after the past several spring trainings, though it’s doubtful most expected him to be anything beyond organizational depth. Though his current OPS is an ascendant and out-of-character 1.184 in a small sample size, he’s been above-average in that department over much longer periods of time in recent years.
In 2018 at Double-A Trenton, Amburgey OPS’d .718 with 16 homers and 25 doubles in 125 games as a 23-year-old getting his first taste of the level. Repeating the assignment in 2019, he raised those numbers significantly, getting the OPS to .822 with 22 bombs and 31 doubles in one fewer game.
This season, when he interacts with a baseball, he tends to do previously-unforeseen things to it.
Only recently has Amburgey’s average dipped under .400, but he’s got a potent bat, has displayed remarkable consistency, and has a one-man eternal cheering section in Kratz.
Now, if only he could hit left-handed … can we pivot into that midway through the season, perhaps?