Outside of a few isolated stretches, there wasn’t a lot of bombing done in the Bronx by the New York Yankees in 2016. The club’s 183 home runs ranked 19th in baseball, while its 680 runs rated even worse (22nd). This team had trouble scoring until Gary Sanchez arrived in August, and even with his Herculean effort the club couldn’t crack the top 20 in runs for September. It takes more than one bat to make a lineup, and the other lethal bat (belonging to Carlos Beltran) had moved on by then.
In 2017, the Yankees batting order will be unrecognizable to the casual fan. Gone are A-Rod and Mark Teixeira, as are more recent lineup staples Brian McCann and Beltran. The Yankees will feature rookies or second-year players in at least three lineup spots, and there will be no veteran bopper to be seen, unless you count new addition Matt Holliday.
Fans hoping for the youth movement to continue will get their wish this coming season. Just as importantly, you might see Joe Girardi experiment with the lineup now that he has more fluid parts and fewer egos to manage. Here is a projected Yankees lineup, one through nine, we can see on the field for 2017.