Bernie on the Scene: AL East Analysis & Predictions

Bernie on the Scene: AL East Analysis & Predictions

This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.

The American League East wasn't that difficult for me to analyze. 

The payroll estimates are those of FanGraphs. The win totals and lineups are mine.

Unlike college, a grade of C shouldn't be alarming. It means the player has average major league ability.

I am not providing grades for bench players.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

NEW YORK YANKEES
Estimated Payroll: $201M (Note: The Yankees are only $9M from MLB Luxury Tax Hell)
My Estimated Win Total: 100 

Lineup: Powerful and Explosive

DJ LeMahieu, 2B, BR, Grade A-
A pure hitter with a batting title possible

Aaron Judge, RF, BR, Grade A
Lethal bat if he can keep his huge body healthy

Aaron Hicks, CF,  BB, Grade B-
Solid on-base percentage, but has to stay in lineup

Giancarlo Stanton, DH, BR, Grade B+
Can dominate if he isn't injured

Luke Voit, 1B, BR, Grade B
I still think he is underrated for his power in Yankee Stadium

Gleyber Torres, SS, BR, Grade B-
One of the better SS who doesn't get much love

Gary Sanchez, C, BR, Grade C
I'm not sure he lasts the entire season unless he turns it around

Clint Frazier, LF, BR, Grade C
Can offer some home runs, but not much else

Gio Urshela, 3B, BR, Grade B-
Has made himself a quality hitter

Rotation: Questionable and Thin

Gerrit Cole, RHP, Grade A
Best in baseball, or is that deGrom?

Jameson Taillon, RHP, Grade B-
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Bernie Pleskoff
Bernie Pleskoff is a former professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.
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