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Presenting the 2023 Yankees Roster Report Cards

New York’s first postseason absence in seven years is sure to lead to some ugly grades.

Dan Brink

The 2023 Yankees entered the season with hopes of achieving something great. Although 2022 ended in an ALCS sweep, they had still been one of the final four teams standing, and with newly-christened captain Aaron Judge re-signed to a big contract alongside free agent lefty Carlos Rodón and rookie prospect Anthony Volpe (among others), the Yanks thought that their core could bring them back to the Fall Classic for the first time since 2009.

That ... did not happen. It was about as much of a disaster as it possibly could be while still technically being a winning campaign. It did not get as dire as it did for teams with similar expectations, like the Padres and Mets, but only two games over .500 and elimination with a week remaining in the regular season? As our old friend Joe Girardi would say, “It’s not what you want.” And while Girardi’s teams missed the playoffs four times during his 10-year tenure, he never sank as low as Aaron Boone’s 82-win club.

This was the Yankees’ worst season since in 31 years, dating back to when Judge was in a crib, Volpe was years from being born, and Derek Jeter was freshly drafted out of Kalamazoo Central High School. It’s time to get out the red pen and issue some ugly grades. And don’t you worry, Boone and Brian Cashman will get their due as well.

This post will serve as the tracker for the report cards, keeping the links to them in an easy-to-access location.

Albert Abreu — D+
Harrison Bader — D+
Jake Bauers — C
Jhony Brito — B-
Oswaldo Cabrera — F
Gerrit Cole — A+
Nestor Cortes — C-
Jasson Domínguez — A
Josh Donaldson — F
Domingo Germán — C-
Ian Hamilton — A-
Kyle Higashioka — B-
Clay Holmes — B+
Aaron Judge — A
Tommy Kahnle — B-
Isiah Kiner-Falefa — C
Michael King — A
DJ LeMahieu — C
Jonathan Loáisiga — I
Ron Marinaccio — D
Billy McKinney — C+
Keynan Middleton — I
Wandy Peralta — B
Oswald Peraza — C-
Everson Pereira — D+
Nick Ramirez — B-
Anthony Rizzo — B-
Carlos Rodón — F
Ben Rortvedt — D+
Clarke Schmidt — B-
Luis Severino — F
Giancarlo Stanton — F
Gleyber Torres — B+
Jose Trevino — C-
Randy Vásquez — B
Anthony Volpe — B-
Austin Wells — C+
Misc. Pitchers — C
Misc. Position Players: December 1

The series will run on weekdays from October 31st through December 8th, skipping weekends and Thanksgiving, when we’ll have a reduced schedule. Join us in burying this disappointing Yankees season once and for all!