One of the most impressive achievements of the Yankees organization in recent times has been its ability to identify marginal big league bats and transform them into everyday starters. Luke Voit and Gio Urshela were Quad-A players before the Yankees turned them into All-Star-caliber hitters. DJ LeMahieu, Mike Tauchman, and Cameron Maybin come to mind as lesser examples. The team’s success over the last few years is thanks in large part to unearthing and polishing these hidden diamonds.
Unfortunately for the Yankees, it appears that Urshela has reverted back into a lump of coal since returning from injury.