Over the past few seasons, the blueprint for the New York Yankees franchise has been a predictable one: assemble an aging, overpriced roster, finish a few games over .500, rinse, repeat. Reload rather than rebuild. However, those days appear to be coming to an end. 41-year-old Alex Rodriguez and 39-year-old Carlos Beltran are gone. 36-year-old Mark Teixeira has been reduced to a part-time role. High priced relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller have been traded away for a boatload of prospects to restock the farm system. The youth movement is officially underway. One of the newest youngsters on the Yankee roster is this week’s most added player in ESPN leagues, 24-year-old outfielder Aaron Judge (34.8% owned; +31.1% over the past week). Judge’s 6-foot-7, 275 pound frame and impressive raw power have drawn comparisons to Giancarlo Stanton, but I’m not sure that’s entirely accurate. Stanton already had 154 homers on his MLB resumé by the end of his age-24 season while Judge is just getting started. I think that more reasonable comps would be along the lines of players such as Richie Sexson and Mark Trumbo – big, powerful righties who have racked up some impressive home run totals throughout their careers. Another trait that Judge shares with those sluggers is his propensity to strike out, as he’s whiffed in 24% of his plate appearances this season after doing so in 26% of his PAs last year. The homers could come in bunches at times, but there could be some cold streaks as well. A .250ish average with plus power is a reasonable projection for Judge moving forward. He’s worth an add in all leagues for his power upside alone.

Here are a couple of other recent Yankee call-ups who have drawn the attention of fantasy owners over the past week:

Gary Sanchez: 10.9% owned; +4.6%

The Yankee youth movement continues with Sanchez, yet another power hitting prospect in the Judge mold. However, two big differences between Sanchez and Judge are that Sanchez plays a more scarce position (catcher, though he might not be eligible there yet depending on your format) and isn’t quite as prone to the strikeout. Unlike Judge, Sanchez has had a sub-20% K-rate at each minor league stop since 2013, including a career-low 14.4% K% in Triple-A this season. The aforementioned departures of A-Rod and Beltran mean that everyday at-bats are available for Sanchez, and he’s taken advantage of his opportunities early on (.302/.333/.512 with 2 home runs in 45 PA). If he’s still sitting on your waiver wire, grab him now. TREASURE.

Tyler Austin: 10.2% owned; +10.2%

Austin is one of those players who’s difficult to evaluate. The soon-to-be 25-year-old suffered a wrist injury which affected his 2013 and 2014 production, before falling off of the prospect map after producing a .235/.309/.311 line with a 27% strikeout rate at Triple-A last season. After a pedestrian showing at Double-A this season, Austin destroyed Triple-A pitching to the tune of .323/.415/.637 with 13 homers and 49 RBI in just 234 plate appearances. He kept the good times rolling with a home run in his first MLB at-bat last weekend as well. Is Austin a late bloomer, can his mediocre minor league production be attributed to injuries, or are his numbers this season just a small sample size fluke? It’s hard to say at this point, but for the remainder of this season, Austin is worth the gamble to see if things have finally clicked for him. TREASURE.

  1. B the Esq. says:
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    Where do you peg Sanchez in the overall Catcher ratings for the rest of this year? Where would he rank compared to folks like Grandal, Realmuto, Martin, Gattis, Vogt, and the Boeff Wellington? Could you rank those Catchers?

    Thanks!

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @B the Esq.: I’d say he’s a top 5-6 catcher the rest of the way, behind Posey/Lucroy/Ramos and in that Realmuto/Grandal area. Think Gattis/Castillo with a higher ceiling.

  2. Five-On-One says:
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    Will Austin get enough playing time to make a difference? Tex will play most days, right? And they already have a log jam in the OF (Judge, Ellsbury, Gardner, Hicks).

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Five-On-One: That’s the question with Austin. I think that the Yankees are committed to playing their younger players at this point though (I don’t think that Teix is a roadblock), so if he’s hitting, he’ll play.

  3. Pete says:
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    do you like Sanchez over McCann in a H2h points league?

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Pete: Yeah, I’d go with Sanchez there. McCann hasn’t done much in the second half, and Sanchez has looked solid.

      • The Hack says:
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        @Big Magoo: my buddy has a new girlfriend who’s 15 years younger and she takes the car door thing a step further and opens it for him on the inside. He walks away saying Bronx tale ain’t got shit on me. Every time. We watch for it and you see his door swing open. It’s a beautiful thing

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          @The Hack: That is pretty sweet. She sounds like a keeper.

  4. Mike says:
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    Sanchez isn’t C eligible in my league yet, but when he is, would you drop sandy Leon for Gary?

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Mike: Yeah, I’d want Sanchez over Leon.

  5. Scott says:
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    Dansby Swanson called up, but Braves.

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Scott: Nice. There should be plenty of callups over the next few weeks.

  6. marimon says:
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    Would you rather have Grandal or Sanchez ROS? Thanks

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @marimon: Sanchez. On most of the days when he’s not catching, he’ll be the DH, especially with the way he’s swinging the bat at the moment.

  7. My Thread Count Is High says:
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    Im intrigued by Sanchez, although he is 4 games away from C eligibility in my league. If you had a bench spot to play with would you go with Sanchez or take a flier on Dansby Swanson?

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @My Thread Count Is High: Definitely Sanchez. His value is in his bat. Swanson is more of a glove-first player.

      • My Thread Count Is High says:
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        @Big Magoo: Thanks man, that’s exactly what I thought, and I have added Sanchez accordingly.

  8. jb says:
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    Been too busy all day and evening. 12-tm std H2H. This is where I’m not sure what to do. I’m trying to look ahead and not back. Pick up Marcell Ozuna? Have to drop David Dahl. Ozuna of 2014 is welcome, but not 2015. I’m not sure if Ozuna can keep it up this year, so rather keep Dahl. Thanks!

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