There was some gnashing of teeth when Mike Tauchman was acquired at the end of spring training to round out the Yankees’ roster. It appeared that Tyler Wade had earned a full-time spot on the club, but the Yankees decided to trade for a nondescript outfielder from Colorado to take Wade’s spot. Eight months later, Tauchman is one of the most important outfielders on the team, and one who could be in line for a much bigger role next season.
2019 Statistics: 87 games, 296 plate appearances, .277/.361/.504, 13 HR, 47 RBI, 46 runs, 128 wRC+, 2.6 fWAR
2020 Contract Status: Pre-Arbitration, under team control until 2025
Tauchman came over with the reputation of being a good fielder and not much of a hitter, and that was largely true for the first two months of the season, which he spent as the team’s reserve outfielder. Once the Yankees got Aaron Hicks back from injury, Tauchman was demoted back to the minor leagues, where his story could have easily ended.
Instead, injuries kept on popping up on the big league roster, giving Tauchman more chances to contribute. After getting recalled again in late June, Tauchman went on a tear to close out the rest of the season, a…