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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/26/2020

Aaron Boone has a tall order in 2020; Marcus Thames keeping hitters working down in Florida; Clayton Beeter drawing connections to Yankees in draft

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NY Post | Dan Martin: Aaron Boone has had to manage through a lot in his first two seasons as manager of the Yankees. This upcoming season may be his biggest challenge yet. Tagged with the status of American League favorites and leading a win-now club, Boone will feel the pressure to deliver in a season that is going to look nothing like what we’re used to.

NY Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Marcus Thames has done what he can for the handful of Yankees still working down in Florida. The team’s hitting coach has remained on-hand and runs practices in the team’s spring training facilities three days a week. He’s also been able to witness first-hand the progress Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have made in their recoveries, and is working with both to have them ready whenever MLB re-opens. | Mike Rosenstein: We’ve been running some draft profiles throughout the suspended season in anticipation of the MLB Draft, and some of the latest mocks have centered on one pitcher in particular. Clayton Beeter is a right-handed pitcher out of Texas Tech, and he’s drawn some comparisons to one of the team’s top pitching prospects: Clarke Schmidt.