Who is the Yankees’ 25th Man?

The New York Yankees have announced their 25th man roster spot will go to right-handed reliever Luis Cessa. Who is the Yankees’ 25th man?

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The Yankees’ Roster

The New York Yankees have a set of 25 active players on their roster. These are the players who are eligible to play in any given game. The 25th man is the last player on the roster and is typically a utility player who can fill in at multiple positions. This year, the Yankees’ 25th man is infielder DJ LeMahieu.

The Starting Lineup

The New York Yankees are a professional baseball team based in the Bronx, New York. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. They are one of two major league clubs based in New York City, the other being the National League’s (NL) New York Mets. The Yankees began play in the 1901 season as the Baltimore Orioles (no relation to the modern Baltimore Orioles team), under new ownership containing John T. Harper and Bill Devery. In 1913, Frank Farrell and Captain Tillinghast L’Hommedieu Huston purchased the franchise and moved it to New York City, renaming the club the New York Highlanders. The Highlanders were officially renamed the Yankees in 1913.

The Starting Lineup:
1. Aaron Judge -RF
2. Giancarlo Stanton -DH
3. Gleyber Torres -2B
4. Miguel Andujar- 3B
5 Luke Voit -1B
6. Didi Gregorius- SS
7. Brett Gardner- CF
8. Austin Romine -C
9. Pitcher’s Spot

The Bench

The Yankees have a deep and experienced roster, with players that have been battle-tested and know what it takes to win in October. The bench is a key part of that, providing valuable depth and experience. Here’s a look at the Yankees’ bench for the 2020 season:


DJ LeMahieu: A Swiss army knife who can play all over the infield, LeMahieu is one of the most versatile players in baseball. He’s a great hitter (.348 career average) and a solid defender, and he provides valuable insurance in case of injuries.

Miguel Andujar: Andujar is a young player with a lot of potential. He can play both first and third base, and he has a strong arm. He’s still developing as a hitter, but he has shown flashes of power and consistency.

Tyler Wade: A speedster who can play both infield and outfield, Wade provides valuable insurance as a backup outfielder. He’s also an excellent baserunner (22 stolen bases in 2019) and a good bunter.
Finnegan is an experienced veteran who knows how to pitch in big games. He provides valuable depth as a long reliever/spot starter.

Brett Gardner: The longest-tenured Yankee, Gardner is the team’s emotional leader. He’s also a very good defender in left field, and he can still contribute offensively (.257 average, 21 home runs in 2019).
Mike Tauchman: Tauchman is another versatile player who can play all three outfield positions. He’s coming off a breakout 2019 season (.277 average, 13 home runs) and he provides good power off the bench.

Aroldis Chapman: The Yankees’ closer, Chapman is one of the best relief pitchers in baseball. He has an electric arm (101 mph fastball) and he knows how to get batters out (42 saves in 2019). Chapman is one of the key reasons why the Yankees have one of the best bullpens in baseball.

The Bullpen

The Yankees’ bullpen is one of the best in baseball, and that’s due in large part to their stellar group of relievers. Aroldis Chapman is one of the game’s best closers, and he’s backed up by Dellin Betances, who is one of the best setup men in baseball. The Yankees also have a solid trio of left-handed relievers in Zach Britton, GIlbert Cruz, and Stephen Tarpley.

The Yankees also have a number of young, talented relievers who could step up and contribute in a big way if called upon. One of those pitchers is Domingo Germán, who was outstanding for the Yankees last season before being suspended for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy. Another young pitcher to keep an eye on is Luis Cessa, who has shown flashes of potential during his time with the Yankees.

The Candidates for the 25th Man Spot

The Yankees currently have a full 40-man roster, so someone will have to be removed before a new player can be added. The Yankees have several options for their 25th man, but the most likely candidate is outfielder Clint Frazier. Frazier is out of minor league options, so if he doesn’t make the Opening Day roster, he’ll have to be put on waivers.

Tyler Wade

The New York Yankees have been one of the most dominant teams in baseball over the past two decades. They’ve won 27 World Series titles and have made the playoffs in all but four seasons since 1995. But despite all their success, they’ve still had to make some tough decisions when it comes to their roster each year.

One of the most important decisions is who to carry as their 25th man. This is the last spot on the roster and it’s often a battle between a young player who is trying to break into the majors and a veteran who is trying to hang on to his career.

This year, the Yankees have Tyler Wade and Greg Bird competing for the spot. Wade is a 23-year-old infielder who made his debut last September and hit .155/.222/.269 in 13 games. Bird is a 26-year-old first baseman who has battled injuries throughout his career and hit .190/.288/.433 in 48 games last season.

So, who should be the Yankees’ 25th man? The answer isn’t clear cut, but we’ll take a look at both players and try to make a case for each one.

Tyler Wade:
The case for Wade is that he’s younger and has more potential. He’s also more versatile, as he can play all over the infield. The Yankees believe in him enough that they sent him to Triple-A this season to get more experience.

Wade might not be ready yet, but he could develop into a valuable player down the line. If he can show some improvement at Triple-A, he could be worth sticking with as the 25th man on the roster.

Greg Bird:
The case for Bird is that he’s more experienced and has more power potential. He’s also shown that he can be productive when healthy, hitting .261/.343/.575 with 11 home runs in 2015 before missing all of 2016 with an injury.

Bird isn’t as versatile as Wade, but he would give the Yankees a left-handed power bat off the bench. That could come in handy considering that most of their lineup is right-handed hitters.

So, who should be the Yankees’ 25th man? Ultimately, it’s up to them to decide. But if we had to choose, we would go with Bird because of his experience and power potential.

Clint Frazier

The New York Yankees have a major league baseball-high 14 outfielders on their 40-man roster. Of those 14, six are considered starters: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, Jacoby Ellsbury and Clint Frazier. The Yankees also have four general utility players (players who can play multiple positions but don’t specialize in any one position) on the roster: Tyler Wade, Ronald Torreyes, Neil Walker and Gleyber Torres. And finally, they have four minor league outfielders who are not on the 40-man roster but are close to being major league ready: Estevan Florial, Dustin Fowler, Billy McKinney and Ryan LaMarre.

Of these 14 outfielders, the Yankees have to decide which one will be their 25th man – the final player on their active roster. The 25th man is a player who doesn’t get a lot of playing time but is important to have on the roster in case of injuries or other unforeseen circumstances.

So who will be the Yankees’ 25th man? Let’s take a look at the candidates.

Clint Frazier is a 23-year-old outfielder who was acquired by the Yankees from the Cleveland Indians in 2016 in the trade that sent Andrew Miller to Cleveland. Frazier made his major league debut with the Yankees in 2017 and played in 37 games, hitting .231/.268/.448 with four home runs and 17 RBIs.

Frazier struggled mightily in his limited time with the Yankees in 2017, but he is still considered one of the team’s top prospects. He is a strong hitter with good power and speed and has the potential to be a very good major league player. However, he does have some weaknesses; he strikes out a lot (42 times in 137 plate appearances in 2017) and he doesn’t walk much (just five walks in 2017). He is also not considered a very good defensive outfielder.

Frazier will likely start the 2018 season in Triple-A, but he could be called up at some point during the season if there are injuries or other problems with the outfielders on the major league roster.

Miguel Andujar

Miguel Andujar has been one of the top prospects in the Yankees’ system for a few years now. Andujar made his MLB debut in 2018 and played in 149 games, hitting .297/.328/.527 with 27 home runs and 92 RBI. He was one of the final cuts from the 2019 Yankees’ roster, but he will be back with the team in 2020. Andujar is a candidate to be the 25th man on the roster because he can play both first and third base, and he provides some power off the bench.

The Decision

As the Yankees approach their final roster decisions, one question looms larger than the others: who will be the team’s 25th man? The Yankees have a number of options, but the decision will ultimately come down to who offers the most value to the team. Let’s take a look at the candidates.

The Pros and Cons of Each Candidate

The Yankees have a difficult decision to make. They have to choose between three possible candidates for their 25th man spot. These candidates are all good players, but they each have their own unique strengths and weaknesses. The Yankees must decide which player is the best fit for their team.

The first candidate is infielder/outfielder Eduardo Nunez. Nunez is a talented hitter with a good arm. He can play both infield and outfield positions. However, he is not a very good fielder.

The second candidate is catcher Austin Romine. Romine is a solid defender with a good arm. He also has some experience playing first base. However, he does not hit for very much power.

The third candidate is outfielder Aaron Hicks. Hicks is an excellent defender with a strong arm. He has also shown the ability to hit for power and average at the plate. However, he has not played very much in the major leagues.

So, who should the Yankees choose as their 25th man? It depends on what they are looking for. If they want a versatile player who can hit but does not field well, then Nunez is their man. If they want a defensive specialist who can also provide some power at the plate, then Romine is their guy. If they want an outfielder who can play great defense and also hit for power and average, then Hicks is their guy. The decision is up to the Yankees!

The Final Decision

The New York Yankees have officially announced their 25th man, and it is outfielder Ben Gamel. Gamel had been competing for the spot with fellow outfielders Mason Williams and Dustin Fowler, but ultimately it was his .351 batting average and 1.175 OPS in spring training that won him the job. The 23-year-oldGamle split time between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season, hitting a combined .308/.365/.422 with six home runs, 59 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 133 games. He will likely start the 2017 season in Triple-A before being called up to the majors at some point during the season.

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