Should The Yankees Name Gio Urshela The Full Time Third Baseman?
At the beginning of this season the New York Yankees had a lineup flush with award winning young and talented baseball players. Now the Yankees have an Injured List flush with award winning young and talented baseball players. The plus side of this insane amount of injuries is players have stepped up in the "A-Teams" absence. Maybe the best story of those players has been Gio Urshela. Is it time the Yankees stop treating Urshela as a fill in and start treating him as the answer at Third Base?
Gio Urshela appeared to be a "warm body" and a defensive replacement before last year's Rookie Of the Year runner up Miguel Andujar suffered a "Small labrum tear." while filling in for Andujar, Urshela's defense has been a plus and his bat has been far better than expected. Urshela is hitting .364 with eight RBIs with runners in scoring position this season, and is batting .404 over his past 15 games. Since Andujar's return from the IL he's 5 for 35 at the plate and has committed three errors in four games at third base. Meanwhile Urshela has four errors in 27 games at Third.
It's important to remember that Andujar has not had surgery to repair his torn labrum and the 24 year old was arguably the Yankees' best pure hitter last season. You also have to keep in mind that 27 year old Urshela has never had this kind of plate production before in his short MLB career. The plus side is there's no rush to make this decision but Urshela is certainly making it a far greater debate than I ever thought it would be.