The New York Yankees are using all their depth so far in 2019 calling up Thairo Estrada after the Troy Tulowitzki injury.
The Yankees are calling up Thairo Estrada to replace Troy Tulowitzki on the active roster, @feinsand has confirmed.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 4, 2019
Estrada is the Yankees 19th ranked prospect according to MLB.com, can play both the shortstop and second base position. That versatility is going to play a huge role since the plans for DJ LeMahieu have changed in the last few days.
Throughout his minor league career, Estrada has posted a .283 batting average reaching Triple-A for the first time last year. He only played in eight games with the RailRiders where he batted a pedestrian .152.
He doesn’t project to be a power hitter, which might be something the Yankees could use considering their struggles with runners in scoring position this year going just .190 those situations.
Estrada posted solid numbers this spring opening some eyes with a .284 average picking up three triples and a double.
His role with the big club might not be a big one assuming Gleyber Torres will move over to short and Tyler Wade will play second. Even with that, don’t be surprised if you see Estrada in the lineup against tough left-handed pitchers with Wade struggling against southpaws.
If given a legitimate chance, who knows maybe Estrada pulls a Miguel Andujar and forces the Yankees to keep him on the Major League roster for the rest of the season. Don’t expect to see monster power numbers, but don’t be surprised if the 23-year-old is around for the duration of the Tulowitzki injury.