April 17, 2021

Every American League Team’s Best-Kept Secret (Baseball Essential)

Every team in Major League Baseball has a distinguishable figure who’s one of the better players at his respective niche. At the same time, every team has an impact player that falls through the cracks of the public eye. Here’s every American League team’s best-kept secret.

New York Yankees: Gio Urshela

Urshela had a breakout 2019 season, but with the hopeful returns of Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Aaron Hicks, the third baseman’s skill set might be taken for granted. Urshela is superb at the hot corner. He’s adept at making plays on his front and backhand and is a steady, contact hitter. Last season he hit .314 while posting an .889 OPS and 133 OPS+ as the Yankees starting third baseman. His well-versed bat and wrapping glove make him one of manager Aaron Boone‘s most reliable players.

Tampa Bay Rays: Yonny Chirinos

Blake Snell, Tyler Glasnow, and Charlie Morton headline the Rays pitching staff, and understandably so. That said, Yonny Chirinos has been a vital component to manager Kevin Cash‘s pitching staff, too. Across his two seasons in the big leagues, Chirinos has recorded a 3.71 ERA. That figure is a culmination of appearances as both a starter and…

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