TAMPA — Who will be this year’s Gio Urshela?
Which Yankees player will I cluelessly stumble past here at George M. Steinbrenner Field, only to interview him in September for our postseason preview?
I posed that question to a few Yankees officials the last week or so and report back to you with four names. It shouldn’t surprise you, given how the Yankees’ 2020 has proceeded so far, that three are pitchers, nor should it surprise you, given these baseball times in which we live, that all three pitchers already have undergone Tommy John surgery. With Luis Severino already out for the season, James Paxton set to miss at least the first month and Domingo German suspended until early June — and with the trade and free-agent markets sparse — the logical bet calls for the Yankees to reach deep within their depth, if you will, in order to thrive this season.
Here are your four pinstripers of interest:
1. Brooks Kriske. A sixth-round selection by the Yankees in the 2016 amateur draft, the right-hander Kriske endured his Tommy John procedure later that year and finally registered his first full professional season last year. He struck out 80 and walked 28 in 43…