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A-Rod joins SNB booth; Judge debuts bat flip and smash for MLB The Show; Andjuar ranked 3rd-best 3B prospect; Solak ranked 5th-best 2B prospect; Law’s top 100 has five Yankees but no Florial

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ESPN: Do you love Booth-Rod? Because I love Booth-Rod. Ever since his bRODcast debut in 2015, Alex Rodriguez has impressed baseball fans everywhere with his knowledge of the game and ability to share that on television. Now, we’ll get more as A-Rod officially joins ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball crew replacing Aaron Boone (that sounds familiar). He’ll join Buster Olney, Jessica Mendoza, and play-by-play guy Matt Vasgersian, whose hiring was also announced on Tuesday. YAY-ROD!

Cut4 | Jessica Kleinschmidt: MLB is finally getting into the bat flip promotion business. Bat flips are great and need to be done more in games. Want proof? Aaron Judge is getting his bat flip on for the upcoming version of MLB The Show, which also features Judge as the cover athlete. How great would it be to see this bat flip or bat smash of his during an actual game? GIVE ME ALL THE BAT FLIPS.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: If the season started right now, Miguel Andujar would likely be the Yankees starting third baseman. If the season started right now, Brian Cashman wouldn’t be flipping out about that fact? Why? Andujar’s come a long way and has some solid potential. Per MLB Pipeline, Andujar was just named the third-best third base prospect in baseball. A full breakdown of the top 10 third base prospects is here.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: If the season started right now, Nick Solak would not be the Yankees starting second baseman. If it did, Gleyber Torres would be the one getting that call. Solak, however, is no slouch himself as he’s just been named the fifth-best second base prospect in all of baseball. A full breakdown of the top 10 second base prospects is here. Remember Torres is technically a shortstop prospect, so he won’t be on this list.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Yesterday we talked about Baseball America’s top 100 prospect list and today it’s time to discuss Keith Law’s top 100 prospect list. Five Yankees made his list: Gleyber Torres (No. 5) and Justus Sheffield (No. 16) cracked his top 50, with Miguel Andujar (No. 54), Freicer Perez (No. 73) and Albert Abreu (No. 99) following. Law, for some reason, left Estevan Florial off completely.

Law also thought Luis Severino was destined for the bullpen so who cares what he thinks? GO FLORIAL, BOO LAW.