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Position Players

C Brian McCann– Has had a very solid season both behind and at the plate. Is one of the best catchers in baseball and has the potential to come up with important hits in big situations.

C JR Murphy– A solid backup catcher who can hit the ball pretty well. Likely won’t see too much time unless McCann struggles with injury.

DH Alex Rodriguez– One of the most important players on the Yankees. Has had an amazing bounce back season and is a leader in the clubhouse. Is continuing to prove the critics wrong and will hope to do the same in the playoffs.

1B Greg Bird– The Rookie has become very important to the Yankees with the injury to Mark Teixeira. Will look to continue his impressive hitting in the postseason.

2B Rob Refsnyder– Will likely have to play a key role for the Yankees as Stephen Drew could possibly be out for the rest of the year.

SS Didi Gregorius– Has shown continual improvement in his first season as a Yankee. Is a solid hitter with a very good glove who could become key to the Yankees making a run in the postseason.

UTIL Brendan Ryan– Solid backup player who can play multiple positions. Will make the roster due to his versatility.

3B Chase Headley– Has had a pretty solid year at the plate and is a very valuable player for the Yankees. Glove can sometimes be an issue but he has steadily improved throughout the season.

OF/1B Dustin Ackley– Acquired in July by the Yankees and wasn’t expected to have a big role at the club. Has shown his ability with multiple big homeruns and his bat should keep him on the roster for the postseason.

LF Brett Gardner– Has slowed down behind the plate recently but is a very important player for the Yankees at the top of their order.

CF Jacoby Ellsbury– The Yankees leadoff hitter has struggled throughout much of 2015, failing to replicate his production from the last few seasons. Is experienced in the playoffs and should hopefully find his swing again.

RF Carlos Beltran– A very important player who has come up clutch many times for the Yankees. Knows how to play in October and could end up being the most valuable player on the team as they look to make it deep into the playoffs.

OF Chris Young– Has had a solid season as the Yankees fourth outfielder. Can swing the bat well and is always a homerun threat.

OF Rico Noel– A recent call-up, Noel has impressed with his speed and could possibly find his way onto the postseason roster. Is virtually a designated pinch runner and may find himself sacrificed for a better hitter such as Slade Heathcott or another bullpen arm.

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