Yankees mull transferring Judge to left area, Stanton to proper area

TAMPA, Fla. — New York Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone is contemplating giving All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge some reps in left area this spring, and that is all nicely and good with the group captain.

“I did mention it to him, if we need to get Big G in right field at Yankee Stadium, put me in left,” Judge mentioned of his dialog with Boone on extra taking part in time for Giancarlo Stanton. “I don’t mind it. I don’t mind switching around so we can have (Harrison) Bader, me, and Big G out there. So, we’ll get some reps in spring training and (get) comfortable out there.”

Judge mentioned that he hoped to check his talents in left area this spring. But Boone declined to decide to a particular date or variety of innings to check out Judge’s left area aptitude.

“I’m open to things like that, especially in the home ballpark. So, we’ll see. … We’ll see,” Boone mentioned. “I would say I’m at least considering it. We’ll just kind of see how that goes. No decision on that yet but it’s something on my board.”

Added Judge: “The only way you can really test things out, is (to) throw yourself out there. Hopefully, I’ll get a couple games out there. I don’t think I’ve played left field since probably college! I know (Stanton) wants to be a good outfielder. He’s good out there; made a couple of plays the past couple of years. I expect to see him out there quite a bit.”

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In describing taking part in the sphere vs. serving as designated hitter, Stanton defined that he has “more of a flow” within the outfield as a result of it permits him to stay “more engaged” within the sport versus being restricted to “watching the game on TV” contained in the clubhouse when warming as much as bat. Stanton has performed a complete of 60 video games in left area since becoming a member of the Yankees in 2018.

But Boone is aware of that, notably because of Stanton’s damage historical past, attaining that DH-outfield stability can be one of many keys to the Yankees’ success this season.

And the acquisition of a Gold Glove-caliber outfielder like Bader additionally will restrict the alternatives in middle area for Judge, who really performed most of his outfield video games final 12 months (78 out of 129) in middle earlier than the Yankees traded for the New York-native.

“What is that right amount? What’s the right amount, in a perfect world, where you’re healthy, what’s the right amount of outfield reps during the week?” Boone mentioned in describing the problem of that balancing act with Stanton. “I am of the belief that (Stanton) playing in the outfield is good for his game. But I also think it’s good for his health. Playing the field, when healthy, gives him a better shot at staying healthy.”

This subject at Yankees camp speaks to the shortage of manufacturing the membership has gotten from its major left fielder, Aaron Hicks, who led the group with 46 begins within the place final 12 months.

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The 33-year-old switch-hitting outfielder was one of many most important targets of the Bronx “cheers” final 12 months after a number of defensive miscues and a subpar season on the plate, slashing .216/.330/.313 with 109 strikeouts in 385 plate appearances.

Besides versatile and keen 23-year-old rookie Oswaldo Cabrera, primarily an infielder till having the chance to man the outfield for 34 video games upon his main league call-up in mid-August, the Yankees invited a number of skilled outfielders to spring coaching. But it’s price noting that Boone, in addition to normal supervisor Brian Cashman, have each mentioned that the Yankees anticipate a bounce-back 12 months from Hicks.

Among these non-roster invitees, infielder-turned-outfielder Willie Calhoun performed 163 video games in left area for the Texas Rangers the final 5 seasons, and lefty-hitter Rafael Ortega, a veteran Venezuelan-born centerfielder, performed 93 video games within the outfield for the Chicago Cubs the final two years.