Bench play could be a strength for the 2017 New York Yankees

Sep 27, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) celebrates hitting a two-run home run during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

With many question marks facing the 2017 New York Yankees, the play of the bench may be one of its strengths. 

When it comes to the New York Yankees, they hold an abundance of concern as the 2017 season approaches.

From the unstable rotation and the promise yet uncertainty in the lineup to the top-heavy bullpen, there’s little certainty that the Bombers can make a legitimate run this upcoming season.

One bright spot that many people are overlooking, however, is the potential performance of the bench.

Sure, at face value, the role of reserves aren’t remarkably significant, but New York having someone to pinch-hit in the late innings or use to make the lineup more flexible is invaluable.

With the recovering Greg Bird, their star (Gary Sanchez) being a catcher and overall age causing fatigue, the bench will play a prominent role in 2017.

Elite Sports NY breaks down each candidate for a bench role and what they bring to the table that makes their position as a sub so important to the overall success of the team.

NYY

NYM

NYG

NYJ

NYK

BKN

NYR

NYI

NJD

SJU