The Tuesday Discussion: Who Will Be The 2020 Yankees MVP?
Michael Saffer – Assuming they complete the season (I have my doubts) I think Gleyber Torres has the potential to be the Yankees MVP in 2020. He has demonstrated the ability to get clutch hits and make big plays in key situations since joining the team. His ability to stay healthy has kept him on the field as well. If he remains healthy and plays the way he has I believe Torres will be the MVP of the team. I might be getting ahead of myself, but Torres is making a solid case to be the face of the Yankees.
Paul Semendinger – As I think of this, I have to state at the start that with a season of only 60 games, a starting pitcher won’t pitch enough to make a huge impact. What will a starter have, 13 starts? No, I think this has to be a position player. And, when I look at all the guys, I just think the most likely candidate – the player with the biggest upside who just might break-out and become even better than he has been is… Gleyber Torres.
James Vlietstra – The 2020 Yankees MVP is going to be its middle relief corp.
The 60 game schedule is going to mean every game is three times more important than usual. The starting pitchers are expected to go only 4-5 innings so any game in which they have a chance to win, the four innings that bridge the starters to Aroldis Chapman are going to be the difference between a .500 record and winning the division going away. The combination of Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton, Chad Green, and Adam Ottavino will lead a crew that will have to come through on a daily basis and I believe they will.
Matthew Cohen – I’m going with Gerrit Cole. In a 60 game season, He’ll pitch every game like it’s the playoffs. Judge would be my second choice but I have concerns that he’ll start strong given his health issues.
Derek McAdam – Gary Sanchez could be a vital piece to the Yankee team this season, good enough to make him the team MVP. Sanchez’s prime months are the hot months of July, August and September, so it is very likely that he goes on a tear throughout the entirety of the 60 games. It does not mean that we will see 30 home runs from the catcher, but we could definitely see 20 home runs and a second straight solid season behind the plate.
Mike Whiteman – Even with the COVID diagnosis, I believe DJ LeMahieu will be the Yankees MVP in 2020. His versatility and “Machine” resilience will both be at a premium in what looks to be a baseball summer like no other.
Patrick Gunn – Gerrit Cole will be the Yankees’s MVP this season. He’s been working hard training even during quarantine and he’s going to continue his dominance from last season. AL and NL East Hitters beware!
Tom Russo – Gerrit Cole. Starting pitching was the Achilles heal of this team last year and the onus now lies on Cole to prove he was worth that money by putting the staff on his back and giving this team a bonafide Ace every fifth day. The level of success the Yankees will have is incredibly dependent on him.