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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/18/20

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PECOTA projects Giancarlo Stanton will have a good year; scouts think Gerrit Cole will live up to hype; Gleyber Torres believes the Astros cheated last year; Tauchman healthy ahead of Opening Day

League Championship Series - Houston Astros v New York Yankees - Game Three Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images | Joe Giglio: It’d be an understatement to say that 2019 was a rough season for Giancarlo Stanton. He doesn’t have to do much—other than stay healthy—to have a better 2020. Obviously take this with a grain of salt, but the Baseball Prospectus PECOTA projections think Stanton will have a great season. I think we would all be pleased with a triple slash of .257/.353/.537 across 595 plate appearances. That would be right around his career average. | Anthony McCarron: In other good news, MLB scouts and executives sounded off on Gerrit Cole and only had positive things to say. They expect him to live up to the hype, and have no issues handling the New York media.

New York Post | George A. King III: Add Gleyber Torres to the growing list of players who believe that the Astros cheated last year. Since they got away with it in 2017, he argues that it doesn’t make sense that they would stop in 2018 or 2019. There’s a good comparison to playing video games in here too. | Brendan Kuty: It looks like Mike Tauchman could make the Opening Day roster since Aaron Hicks will miss the first few months of the season. The outfielder reportedly spent the offseason making sure that his calf was healthy (his season ended early due to a calf strain) and changed up his training methods.