July 25, 2021

Mike Tauchman should have a prominent role with the Yankees in 2020 (Pinstripe Alley)

When the Yankees brought in Mike Tauchman from Colorado before the 2019 season began, it felt like nothing more than an emergency depth move brought on by lingering back issues for Aaron Hicks. As the season began to unfold, Tauchman performed like a 28-year-old who had only played in 52 major league games, logging a 76 wRC+ through 20 games in the first month of the season.

As Tauchman continued to see regular playing time, though, his production began to increase. Suddenly, he was performing like one of the top outfielders in the league, furthering the Yankees’ narrative of seemingly underwhelming fill-ins exceeding expectations. As Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton battled injury through most of the season, Tauchman became a consistent contributor. From when he was recalled from Triple-A on June 29 through his final action of the season on September 8, Tauchman posted a .976 OPS with 21 extra-base hits, all while playing quality defense in the outfield.

Through the first half of the season, Tauchman’s wRC+ was 92, compared to 156 in the second half. Clearly, he began to recognize the potential that the Yanks saw in him when they traded for him back in the spring, and that…

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