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Can Jorbit Vivas Become The Second Baseman For The Yankees In The Future?

The New York Yankees are gearing up in the current spring training. They have a lot to prove this year. Last season was nowhere near being an ideal season for the 27-time champions. Moreover, the NY side failed to make the postseason. They finished with an awful 82-80 record. The Bronx Bombers finished at the fourth spot in the American League East division. Moreover, they had the second-worst batting average. Only the nine-time champions, the Oakland Athletics, had it even worse than the Bronx Bombers. Hence, they had a lot to change and improve in the offseason. The Yankees pretty much addressed it all this winter.

After adding Juan Soto, Alex Verdugo, and Trent Grisham, the outfield became the most improved in the league in terms of WAR. Moreover, the NY side signed Marcus Stroman for a two-year deal worth $37 million. Stroman is a much-needed depth for the starting pitcher’s group. But the Yankees can make some more moves on the trade market. Anyhow, the Bombers are planning to use the spring training for getting ready for the upcoming season. On Saturday, the Yankees had their Grapefruit League opener against the Detroit Tigers. The second baseman prospect, Jorbit Vivas, was on their travel roster.


Will Vivas Be The Future Second Baseman For The Yankees?

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Jorbit Vivas Dodgers Source: True Blue LA

For the bus trip to Lakeland, Anthony Volpe was the only regular who was part of the lineup. Jorbit Vivas was in the lineup, too, and he would bat at eight. Anyway, if Gleyber Torres moves to some other team at the end of the 2024 season, Vivas can get a place in the starting lineup. Torres would be a free agent after the 2024 season. Perhaps in his absence, both Jorbit Vivas and Oswald Peraza can get starting jobs. Last December, the Los Angeles Dodgers traded Vivas to the Yankees. He became the 10th-best Yankees prospect as per MLB Pipeline.

However, he was 15th when he was with the Dodgers. The second baseman prospect of the Yankees has an elite level of skills batting left-handed. While playing at Double-A and Triple-A last season, Vivas showed his bat-to-bat skills. On Friday, in live batting practice, at-bats against two pitching prospects, Vivas showed the Yankees he can be a future second baseman. Later, the manager mentioned that Vivas can hit a fastball, and as he looked at him for the first time during that live BP, Boone felt the young man seemed good. 

Aaron Boone Thinks Vivas Is A Promising Talent

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Aaron Boone Yankees Source: Sports Illustrated

Jorbit Vivas will turn 22 next month. The Los Angeles Dodgers traded Vivas in a two-for-one deal that also gave the Yankees the lefty reliever Victor Gonzales. In exchange, the NY side traded the first-round pick of 2021, Trey Sweeney, who was also their shortstop in Double-A. Moreover, the Yankees skipper mentioned that they looked very carefully for the right guy in that trade.

And Jorbit Vivas felt right, thinks Boone because of the bat-to-ball he has. Moreover, Aaron Boone feels Vivas can handle the second base well enough. Also, the manager mentioned it is exciting to see the young man for the first time this spring. Vivas is a 5’10 Venezuelan and he weighs 171 pounds. He might get good looks this spring. Then, the Yankees can try him in Triple-A like last year. 

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