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Recent Yankee Roster Moves

Note: There are some advanced stats, and terms that can be found in the key at the end of the article.

Any baseball news should be welcomed right now, as the timetable for when Major League Baseball returns still remains up in the air. That being said, the Yankees made several roster moves this past Friday. They optioned INF Thairo Estrada, RHP Ben Heller, and RHP Michael King to Triple-A. Additionally, RHP Delvi Garcia was sent to Double-A. 

In 35 games last season, Estrada slashed .250/.294/.438 with 3 HRs, 4 SB, .188 ISO, and 0.2 fWAR. In 11 Spring Training games, Estrada slashed .200/.226/.223 with 7 TB. His option to Triple-A indicates that he will not be on the Major League roster to start the season. However, his versatility could net him Major League playing time again this upcoming season.

In 2019, Heller pitched 7.1 IP for the Yankees. He had 1.23 ERA, 3.76 FIP, 11.05 K/9, and 0.1 fWAR. Heller did not pitch very often during Spring Training, in just 0.2 IP he gave up 2 ER. Heller has pitched at the Major League level in parts of the last three seasons. He probably will not start the season with the Yankees by Opening Day, but should return back to the Majors at some point in 2020. 

King moved all the way up from Single-A to the Majors last season where he did not give up an earned run in 2.0 IP. He mostly spent the season in Triple-A where in 23.2 IP, he had a 4.18 ERA, 4.05 FIP, 10.65 K/9, and 2.28 BB/9. In Spring Training, King pitched decently well. In 9.1 IP, he had a 3.86 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and .289 BAA. He is one of the best rising prospects in the Yankees system, and should reach the Majors at some point in 2020.

Garcia is arguably the best Yankees prospect right now. He jumped from Single-A to Triple-A last season, and is a starter of the future. However, after struggling in Triple-A (40.0 IP, 5.40 ERA, 5.77 FIP, 10.13 K/9), and in Spring Training (7.1 IP, 7.36 ERA, .214 BAA, 1.09 WHIP), he could use more seasoning in the Minors. However, it is still likely to see him start in the Majors at some point in 2020. 


INF: Infielder

RHP: Right Handed Pitcher

Triple Slash Line: BA/OBP (Hits+Walks+Hit By Pitches/Plate Appearances)/SLG. MLB average: .252/.323/.435.

HR: Home Run

SB: Stolen Base

ISO: Isolated Power. A way to show a player’s power based on all hits, except for singles. It is essentially a truer slugging percentage. (Doubles+Triples*2+Home Runs*3)/At Bats. MLB average: .183 ISO. 

IP: Innings Pitched

fWAR: Wins Above Replacement for Fangraphs. For example, if a player has a 0.1 fWAR they are worth 0.1 wins more than a replacement-level player (0.0 fWAR). The average starting player has 2.0 fWAR

TB: Total Bases (single = one base, double = two bases, Triple = three bases, Home Run = four bases). 

ERA: Earned Run Average. MLB average: 4.49 ERA

FIP: Fielding Independent of Pitching. This stat is essentially a version of ERA that is more focused on what the pitcher can control (Walks, Home Runs, Strikeouts, Hit Batsmen). MLB average: ~4.50 FIP.

K/9: Average number of strikeouts in a nine-inning game. MLB average: 7.92 K/9

BB/9: Average number of walks in a nine-inning game. MLB average: 2.92 BB/9. 

WHIP: Walks + Hits in Innings Pitched. MLB average: 1.19 WHIP. 

BAA: Batting average against. MLB average: .252


All credit and all rights reserved about this roster update go to the New York Yankees.

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