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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/22/2020

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Florial still believes; an early look at ZiPS standings; Frazier’s expectations; Judge has a good day

New York Yankees v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images | Brendan Kuty: Lost in the excitement around prospects like Deivi Garcia and Jasson Dominguez is Estevan Florial, who was once seen as the center fielder of the future. He’s played just 158 games over the past two years in the minors, and hasn’t exactly put up stellar numbers while doing so. Florial still believes in his talents, however, and a healthy 2020 might be just what he needs to jump-start MLB aspirations.

FanGraphs | Dan Syzmborski: Player and team ZiPS projections have been rolling out for about a month, and we now have projected standings for all of MLB. These projections bake in the existing injuries to Luis Severino, Aaron Judge and James Paxton, and the Yankees still look mighty good.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: Like Florial, Clint Frazier is finding himself at yet another Yankees’ spring training with uncertainty about what his season will hold. The talented yet inconsistent outfielder certainly could take advantage of the new, added roster spot and be the Yankees’ 26th man, but in his last year of minor league options, starting the season in Scranton certainly isn’t unexpected either.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Aaron Judge is perhaps more important to the Yankees’ success than any other position player, so it’s been very concerning that his shoulder has been bothering him since before spring training even started. The slugger had, in his words, a “good day” in camp on Friday, hitting off a tee for the first time. Fingers crossed, Yankee fans.