A record for players used has been set every year since 2013, up to 1,410 in 2019. Where did they all come from? The Post put all 1,410 back on their original teams and over the next three days we will examine which organizations have done the best at bringing talent into their pipeline — and just how much it matters. Today: The Yankees.
A myth began in July 2016.
The Yankees pivoted from their Steinbrenner-ian never-surrender obsession by dealing Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller at the trade deadline. That the Yankees played well the rest of that season and made it to ALCS Game 7 in 2017 created a perception that they had constructed a robust chain from the farm system to the majors.
That is, at best, overstated.
The Yankees have had greater success in the understated move for outsiders such as Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Aaron Hicks, DJ LeMahieu, Mike Tauchman and Luke Voit than at developing their own difference-making talent.
Injuries to Miguel Andujar, Greg Bird, Jordan Montgomery and Luis Severino have hurt homegrown production; as has the failure of Gary Sanchez to preserve the excellence shown in those heady months right after Chapman and Miller were traded.