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Yankees 2023 Roster Report Card: Miscellaneous Position Players

The Yankees employed a small army of random outfielders this year due to injuries to Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Harrison Bader, and more.

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Every year, we here at Pinstripe Alley create the ultimate challenge for the season: a Sporcle quiz asking you to name every member of that season’s roster. Today, we turn to the position players that you already entirely forgot played for the 2023 Yankees, and thus caused you to fail the aforementioned quiz. While, individually, these players did not have any significant impact on the team, as a collective unit they combined for 392 plate appearances — more than Isiah Kiner-Falefa.

Cumulative Grade: D

Greg Allen

2023 Statistics: 28 plate appearances, 1 HR, 1 3B, .217/.333/.478, 125 wRC+, 0.3 fWAR

2023 Contract Status: Free Agent

For a player with a combined 76 plate appearances in two stints with the Yankees, Greg Allen has been popular in the Bronx — perhaps not surprising, considering the fact that he has a 130 OPS+ in those games, almost twice his career 73 OPS+. When he wasn’t on the injured list with a hip injury, the Yankees primarily used him as a pinch-runner/defensive replacement, often for Giancarlo Stanton and Jake Bauers. Ultimately, he was designated for assignment at the end of August to make room for Everson Pereira, as the team looked towards 2024.

Considering this was Allen’s second go-round in pinstripes and the fact that they designated Aaron Hicks for assignment when they acquired him from the Red Sox, it would not be surprising to see the Yankees bring him back on a minor league deal and an invitation to spring training.

Estevan Florial

2023 Statistics: 71 plate appearances, .230/.324/.311, 83 wRC+, 0.2 fWAR

2023 Contract Status: Pre-arbitration

After making the Yankees roster on Opening Day, Estevan Florial appeared in one game as a pinch-runner before being designated for assignment on April 1st. He would clear waivers, be assigned to Triple-A Scranton, and go on to have the best performance of his career: in 101 games, he slashed .284/.380/.565 with 28 homers, 23 doubles, four triples, and 25 stolen bases. Despite these numbers, however, the Yankees turned to a small army of Quadruple-A journeymen, and promoted Jasson Domínguez and Everson Pereira, rather than promote their former top prospect.

Once The Martian hit the injured list, the Yankees were out of alternatives and finally brought Florial back to the Bronx. He served as the team’s primary center fielder over the last couple of weeks of the season. Overall, his performance can best be described as serviceable — he got on base at a decent clip for a backup outfielder, showed speed on the basepaths, and provided above-average defense.

Franchy Cordero

2023 Statistics: 71 plate appearances, 6 HR, 13 RBI, .188/.211/.478, 81 wRC+, -0.1 fWAR

2023 Contract Status: Free Agent

For the first week or so of the season, Franchy Cordero looked like this year’s Matt Carpenter. From April 3rd to April 14th, he posted a .950 OPS with four homers and 11 runs batted in. After the 14th, however, the regression monster crushed Cordero; 21 straight hitless plate appearances handed him a one-way ticket to Scranton, Pennsylvania. Although he raked while playing for the RailRiders, he had just one truly good game — a three-hit outing on July 19th — in two stints back in the bigs.

The Yankees optioned him at the end of the season to clear space on the 40-man roster, and he opted for free agency. That likely marks the end of his time in the Bronx, but hey, we’ll always have the first week of the season.

Aaron Hicks

2023 Statistics: 73 plate appearances, 1 HR, 5 RBI, .188/.263/.261, 49 wRC+, -0.4 fWAR

2023 Contract Status: Free Agent

For a time, Aaron Hicks was one of the best center fielders in the league not named Mike Trout. Over the years, he put together some amazing moments with the Yankees, including his famous diving catch to cap off a back-and-forth matchup with the Minnesota Twins in extra innings and his season-saving performance in Game 5 of the 2019 ALCS.

Injuries and age, however, turned Hicks into a shell of his former self. Headed into last winter, Brian Cashman declared that the Yankees had neither a left fielder or a right fielder on the roster, showing a lack of confidence in him going forward. Hicks lost the starting left field job to Oswaldo Cabrera in spring training, Hicks expressed his discontent to the media, and then failed to take advantage of Cabrera’s poor performance out of the gate by playing even worse. Eventually, the team cut him in favor of the journeyman Allen.

In the end, Hicks did find himself again with the Baltimore Orioles. Perhaps the Yankees moved on from him too quickly. Perhaps the change in scenery was what he needed. In any case, we’re not concerned with his performance on another team or in another branch of the multiverse, but what he did here and now.

Willie Calhoun

2023 Statistics: 149 plate appearances, 5 HR, 16 RBI, .239/.309/.403, 96 wRC+, 0.0 fWAR

2023 Contract Status: Free Agent

Invited to spring training as a non-roster invitee, Willie Calhoun wound up in the Bronx just a week into the season due to an injury to Josh Donaldson, later serving as the primary designated hitter due to an injury to Giancarlo Stanton a week later. After struggling in April, Calhoun reminded us why he was once a top prospect in May and June, slashing a strong .240/.324/.458 with five homers in 108 plate appearances from May 1st until he hit the IL himself on June 22nd. Across those two months, he provided production the Yankee lineup desperately needed.

Calhoun’s stint with the Yankees ended because of the injury; the team designated him for assignment when his rehab assignment was up.

And with that, our annual Yankees Roster Report Card series is at an end for 2023. Thanks for reading! If you missed any posts, check out Andrew’s original article, which has been updated with links to all entries.