With New York Yankees spring training camp well underway, let’s take a look at three hitters to watch out for this spring.
We have made it. We made it through the offseason and spring training is upon the Yankees. While some fans just watch the spring training games and turn it off after the starters are taken out, it’s important to continue to watch the games to get a look at the young players facing major league competition. Here are three hitters to look out for during spring training.
Most fans may have never heard of Chris Gittens. He is a 6-foot-4 power-hitting first baseman in the Yankees minor league system. Last season in Double-A Trenton, Gittens had the best season of his young career. In 114 games, Gittens slashed .281/.393/.500 had a .893 OPS and a wRC+ of 164 while hitting 23 bombs and driving in 77 runs. It will be very interesting to see how Gittens does in Spring Training this year coming off his career year.
This is such a huge year for Florial. He has not progressed the way anyone expected. The highest level that he has reached has been High-A Tampa. He has struggled to stay healthy and when he is healthy he is not able to show his true potential. While he was hitting well in spring training of 2019 he suffered a fractured wrist during a game and missed half the season. When he came back and returned to High-A, he slashed .237/.297/.383. Florial needs to have a great spring to show us that he isn’t a bust.
A lot of fans are going to be keeping a close eye on Miguel Andújar this spring training. Coming off of major shoulder surgery, we don’t know how he will be against major league competition. Also, with Gio Urshela having a breakout season last year, Miggy’s spot at third is not a sure thing. He has also been working on other positions and he does have some minor league options. It will be very interesting to see how he hits and if he makes the Opening Day roster.