Around the Empire
FanRag | Gary Phillips: The youth movement is underway in the Bronx. Gary Sanchez will be the primary catcher behind the plate, first base job is Greg Bird’s position to lose, and the fourth and fifth starter look to be kids. If they’re going all in with the youth movement in 2017 then Aaron Judge should be a lock for right field. Judge should have the time and confidence he needs to see if he can adjust to the big leagues.
New York Post | Joel Sherman: The Yankees aren’t the only team embracing youth. If you watch baseball, and we trust that you all do, you have seen many a young star emerge from different organizations across baseball. Here’s a list of the ten best stars under the age of 25. You’ll find one of our very own on this list.
FanRag | Jon Heyman: Finally, in what is perhaps the blockbuster move of the offseason, the Yankees have signed catcher Wilkin Castillo to a minor-league deal. Castillo’s last time on a major-league team was with the Cincinnati Reds back in 2009. It’s safe to say that the 2017 Championship is in the bag.