The New York Yankees now hold the best record in baseball at 21-9. How did this happen? Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Mariano Rivera have all retired. Shouldn’t the Yankees be rebuilding? Clearly, nobody saw this start coming, but the Yankees have done a great job of building one of the best farm systems in baseball. This strategy has produced the likes of Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, and Greg bird to name only a few. Combine that with money spent on veterans like Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Holiday, and Starlin Castro and you end up with the perfect balance of seasoned talent and young upside.
Who Stands Out
The team has had a great start, so most of the team has been exceptional. However, the name that stands out the most is Aaron Judge. With a .317 batting average and a league leading 13 home runs, Judge is the driving force of this Yankee squad. Last season, Judge struggled with plate vision and strikeouts. However, this year he is making great contact and he’s seeing the ball well, as evidenced by his .410 on base percentage.
The power numbers come as no surprise with Judge, considering his massive size and bat speed. Just in case you’ve never watched him play, a size comparison has been included. Judge stands at 6’7” and weighs a musclebound 282 lbs.
The average leader on the team is Starlin Castro, and he has been a revelation this season. A .358 average with 22 runs and 21 RBIs. That average is good enough for the best in the AL. While it certainly won’t stay this high, Castro’s average should remain very respectable, since he is now focusing on contact over power.
The rest of the offense has been great as well, with strong contributions from Holliday, Ellsbury, Gardner, Torreyes, and most recently, Hicks. In fact, the offense has been so good that they’ve been able to drag the team to a 21-9 record, in spite of a questionable pitching staff.