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Yankees 26-man roster prediction 3.0 for 2024 season

Spring training is in full swing and the Yankees continue to figure out their roster as we get closer and closer to Opening Day.

With the Yankees transferring players to minor league camp on an almost daily basis, the 26-man roster is increasingly coming into focus. While most of the roster was set before the first spring training game, there are still a number of spots to be decided.

Since our last roster prediction in late February, there have been a few developments that could shake up the Opening Day roster.

We have the availability of Oswald Peraza and the health of Tommy Kahnle that are causing concern early this spring. Will their setbacks affect their chances of making the team on March 28?

Here’s our third Yankees 26-man roster prediction for the 2024 season…

Starting position

Surprise surprise, the daily starters remain the same as our last forecast.

But to change it up a bit, here’s our prediction on the batting order we’ll see most days. Manager Aaron Boone has deployed a DJ-Soto-Judge order at the top of the lineup a lot this spring and has strongly hinted that this will still be the case when the season starts.

The rest of the lineup is very interchangeable, especially depending on the opposing starter, but I like Gleyber behind Rizzo because he provides a potential contact-first bat sandwiched between two power hitters.

August 9, 2023;  Chicago, Illinois, USA;  New York Yankees design hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning at Guaranteed Rate Field.

I’m really high on catcher Austin Wells but unless he starts getting better at bats this spring (2-for-13 with seven Ks), I think the veteran Trevino will start the year as the featured catcher, especially catching Gerrit Kool.

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While I believe Wells will figure it out at the plate and eventually platoon with Trevino – if not outright the everyday catcher – it’s safe to say a healthy Trevino will be the backstop when the regular season begins in Houston.

Boone recently said Soto will play primarily right field, even in ballparks where left field is more manageable, meaning Judge will be in center. It will be interesting to see how the outfield is used throughout the year.

Stanton is expected to play some on the field in the regular season (he has already done so in spring training). Trent Grisham will likely play center field if Judge gets the day off or is the team’s DH that game.

Rotation

Gerrit Cole: RHP
Carlos Rodon: LHP
Marcus Stroman: RHP
Nestor Cortes: LHP
Clarke Schmidt: RHP

Like the starting lineup, the Yankees’ rotation won’t change.

While Blake Snell And Jordan Montgomery remain free agents, it is highly unlikely they sign with the Yankees. New York believes in their rotation as long as they stay healthy, and early this spring it appears they are.

Rodon is in incredible form and Cortes shows no signs of his shoulder problems from a year ago. Schmidt has been exceptionally solid, even as rumors about Snell continue to swirl. In two spring starts, the 28-year-old gave up just one run in six innings of work while striking out three and walking zero.

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September 8, 2021;  Bronx, New York, USA;  New York Yankees pitcher Luis Gil (81) pitches in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.September 8, 2021;  Bronx, New York, USA;  New York Yankees pitcher Luis Gil (81) pitches in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

Luis Gil remains in a good spot to be called upon if a spot starter is needed or an injury occurs Will Warren continues to impress this spring. The 24-year-old, considered the most Major League-ready pitcher, has allowed two earned runs in 4.2 innings pitched, but also struck out six batters.

That electric stuff could work well if the Yankees need an arm throughout the long season.

Bullpen

Clay Holmes: RHP
Jonathan Loaisiga: RHP
Cody Poteet: RHP
Ian Hamilton: RHP
Ron Marinacio: RHP
Victor González: LHP
Caleb Ferguson: LHP
Lucas Wever: RHP

The injury bug hit the Yankees bullpen in March, leaving Kahnle’s status for the start of the regular season in question.

Kahnle’s shoulder inflammation has him “behind” in ramping up his spring training, and the right-hander himself says he “probably” won’t be ready for Opening Day.

Poteet is the arm that will replace Kahnle, although he still has three options left, so he will likely be the odd man out if Kahnle can make it, but with such a long season the Yankees will give Kahnle the time he needs need.

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Nick Burdi is also a candidate for a bullpen spot. The 31-year-old has undergone Tommy John surgery twice since debuting for the Pirates in 2018, but his fastball has impressed the Yanks this spring. He does have three options, so he can start in the minors and be called up if necessary.

He was a non-roster invitee, so someone will have to be cut from the roster to make room for him.

Bank

Trent Grisham: BY
Oswaldo Cabrera: INF/OR
Austin Wells: c
Oswald Peraza: INF

The bank remains intact, but there is a big question mark surrounding Peraza.

His shoulder injury kept him out of the lineup for a few games last week, which has limited the number of at-bats he’s had to show he can contribute for the Yankees. I have high regard for Peraza and I believe he can come out on top offensively, especially when he gets on base, to guarantee a spot on the infield bench, but if you tell me next week If you ask me, I might think completely differently about it.

The young infielder has played just three spring training games and is 0-for-7 with four strikeouts. He has been on base once (via HBP), but used his speed to gain a base. Peraza’s struggles at the plate can’t get to his defense, and that’s where he’ll win a roster spot.

In his first spring training, Peraza made two mistakes. He has been clean in his two games since then, but he will have to stay consistent on the diamond to earn that roster spot.

The Yankees’ willingness to sign Kike Hernández, before re-signing with the Dodgers, shows the team is looking for a more consistent hitter off the bench. While Cabrera will be the super-utility player that Hernandez would have been, the Yankees might look for a better bat to sit on the bench.

Someone like Oscar González (5-for-12) could be a veteran option if they continue to perform this spring.

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