Top photo of Anthony Volpe, Nestor Cortes, Aaron Hicks, Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rizzo, Aaron Judge and Oswaldo Cabrera of the Yankees: Sarah Stier / Getty Images

As the New York Yankees prepare for the start of the 2024 MLB season, anticipation is high among fans and analysts about the composition of the team’s Opening Day roster. Let’s delve into a comprehensive projection of the Yankees’ 2024 Opening Day roster, analyzing each position and potential lineup.

Starting Pitchers

Gerrit Cole, Clarke Schmidt, Carlos Rodon
  1. Gerrit Cole
  2.  Carlos Rodon
  3.  Marcus Stroman
  4.  Nestor Cortes
  5.  Clarke Schmidt

The New York Yankees boast a formidable starting rotation led by ace Gerrit Cole, who anchors the staff with his dominant pitching. Marcus Stroman’s addition adds depth and experience, while Carlos Rodon’s return from injury provides a significant boost. Nestor Cortes and Clarke Schmidt round out the rotation, offering solid contributions.


Relief Pitchers

New York Yankees relief pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone as he leaves during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
  1. Clay Holmes (Closer)
  2.  Scott Effross
  3.  Caleb Ferguson
  4.  Ian Hamilton
  5.  Tommy Kahnle
  6.  Jonathan Loaisiga
  7.  Luke Weaver

The bullpen features a mix of power arms and reliable relievers, headlined by closer Clay Holmes and setup man Luke Weaver, acquired in the offseason. Ian Hamilton, Tommy Kahnle, and Caleb Ferguson provide additional late-inning options, while Scott Effross and Jonathan Loaisiga offer versatility and depth.


Jose Trevino
Jose Trevino AP
  1. Jose Trevino (Starter)
  2.  Austin Wells (Backup)

Jose Trevino returns as the starting catcher after a grievous wrist injury. He will bring his potent bat and improved defense behind the plate. Besides, top prospect Austin Wells earns a roster spot as the backup catcher, providing depth and youth at the position.


Giancarlo Stanton, Anthony Rizzo, DJ LeMahieu
  1. Anthony Rizzo (1B)
  2.  Gleyber Torres (2B)
  3.  DJ LeMahieu (3B)
  4.  Anthony Volpe (SS)
  5.  Oswaldo Cabrera/Oswald Peraza (Utility)

The infield is anchored by veterans DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres, and Anthony Rizzo, forming a solid defensive core. Rookie Anthony Volpe assumes the shortstop duties, showcasing his defensive prowess. Moreover, Oswald Cabrera is likely to serve as a versatile utility infielder capable of playing multiple positions. The infield veteran trio had underperformed last season. Thus, they must step up this year to ensure a successful deep postseason run.


  1. Aaron Judge (CF)
  2.  Juan Soto (RF)
  3.  Alex Verdugo (LF)
  4.  Trent Grisham (4th outfielder)

The outfield features a star-studded trio of Aaron Judge, Juan Soto, and Alex Verdugo, combining power, athleticism, and defensive prowess. Expectations will remain high for Soto and Judge, specifically owing to their hitting prowess and high stature in the league. On the other hand, Trent Grisham provides depth as the fourth outfielder, offering a switch-hitting bat and strong defense.

Designated Hitter

Giancarlo Stanton
Giancarlo Stanton is hitting .199 this season. He has just two hits during the Yankees’ seven-game losing streak.AP
  1. Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton assumes the designated hitter role, bringing his prodigious power to the lineup and providing lineup flexibility. He remains under pressure to move on from his career-worst 2023 season. Also, owing to Stanton’s injury concerns, DH remains an ideal fit position for the outfield.

In summary, the projected Yankees’ 2024 Opening Day roster boasts a potent blend of star power, experience, and depth across all positions, setting the stage for an exciting season ahead. With a formidable pitching staff, solid defense, and a potent lineup, the New York Yankees are poised to contend for a championship in 2024.

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