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New York Yankees: Projecting The 2025 Opening Day Lineup

New York Yankees Josh Smith
OMAHA, NE – JUNE 26: Third basemen Josh Smith #4 of the LSU Tigers hits an RBI single against the Florida Gators in the eighth inning during game one of the College World Series Championship Series on June 26, 2017 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Second Base: Josh Smith (27)

When people look at the Yankees middle infield prospects, the names that often come up are Anthony Volpe or Oswald Peraza. The one that should be talked about more is Josh Smith.

The Yankees drafted Smith in the second round of the 2019 MLB Draft out of LSU. He slashed .346/.433/.533 for the Tigers in his final college season and then slashed .324/.480/.477 with three home runs in rookie ball in Staten Island. He is a guy who could likely play any infield position and one that will hit for a mix of average and power. Smith may be flying under the radar now, but don’t be surprised to see him as an everyday player for the Yankees in the future.

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