The Yankees have a couple of question marks in their starting lineup heading into the 2019 season, but they also have some breakout candidates as well.
The New York Yankees are the most iconic franchise in the history of Major League Baseball and most that have ever played the game of baseball want to don the legendary Pinstripes at least once in their careers. With that being said, these two players could be the next breakout offensive Yankee stars.
Starting with an obvious one Clint Frazier was one a highly regarded prospects. However, since then, Frazier has dealt with injuries that have derailed much of his momentum towards superstardom. However, he remains a highly coveted piece in trade conversation.
The left fielder faced concussion issues that wiped out his entire 2018 season and left many questions of what the future could hold for the once fifth overall selection.
In 2019, Frazier can receive the opportunity that has seemingly been on the horizon since his 2016 acquisition by the Yankees and with an aging Brett Gardner and the oft-injured Jacoby Ellsbury being his competition for the starting left field job, Frazier seems poised to breakout and take hold of superstardom with the New York Yankees.
Tyler Wade is someone that the Yankees upper management was very high on at the start of the 2018 season. However, because of his offensive struggles at the Major League level, Wade found himself back in the minor leagues before long. But here we are that the start of another season and Tyler Wade has a chance to right the ship of his Major League career.
Wade has shown an ability to hit, and hit quite well, in the minor league and with a plus glove and speed, could genuinely help the 2019 New York Yankees.
Following the departure of Ronald Torreyes, Tyler could step into that utility role very quickly. That is if Tyler shows he can hit Major League pitching. Now it won’t be an easy job to grab, as the Yankees just signed veteran shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Major League minimum. But if Wade can show that his offensive game in the Minor Leagues is no fluke, he could be a breakout candidate for the Bronx Bombers.