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Corey Kluber is the ace the Yankees need

Corey Kluber is the difference maker and impact arm the Yankees need atop their rotation.  In 2017 and 2018, Yankee fans wished ace-like status on Luis Severino, but his inconsistencies have left him just short of owning the name.  Kluber, 32, has been the definition of consistent for the Cleveland Indians, winning 18+ games four out of the last five years and winning 20 games in 2018 for the first time in his career. Kluber has posted an ERA below 3.50 every season since 2014, and has struck out at least 220 hitters in the same span. Kluber keeps getting better, and is not showing any signs of regression. Kluber is an ace, the ace the Yankees need.

Yankees prospect Thairo Estrada hits for cycle in AA Trenton's 9-6 win

History was made last night during the Trenton Thunder’s 9-6 win over the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, as Yankees No. 18 prospect Thairo Estrada hit for the cycle. The cycle was the third in Trenton’s history, and first in their postseason history, and helped the Yankees’ AA affiliate tie the postseason series against Binghamton 1-1.

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Estrada began the cycle by lining an RBI single to center field in the first inning. He laced a lead off triple to center in the third inning, and then after a ground out in the fourth, drilled a lead off homer to left center in the sixth inning. He stepped up to the plate in the seventh inning with one on and two outs, knowing that he was just a double away from history, but instead was hit by a pitch from Mets No. 25 prospect P.J. Conlon. Luck was on Thairo’s side however, as the Thunder kept hitting and he was able to bat again in the ninth inning. With one on and two outs once again, he slapped a ground ball past the reach of first baseman Matt Oberste. Running at full speed out of the box, Estrada was able to reach second and complete the cycle. 

“My focus was to hit the ball in the gaps, hit the ball up the middle and so that’s what I was looking to do,” he said after the game. “I was happy to accomplish that.”

Estrada enjoyed a breakout season in 2017, hitting .301/.353/.392, with six homers, 19 doubles, four triples, eight stolen bases, and just 56 strikeouts in 495 at bats. I profiled him back in May as a potential breakout prospect, and he came through with a stellar season. It was his first full season at AA.

Article by: Alex Weir