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Player Outlook
Austin Wells hasn't changed much as a prospect since the Yankees selected him at the back of the first round in 2020, and he enters the year atop the big-league depth chart after getting 75 plate appearances to close 2023. Per Baseball Savant's three-year rolling average, Yankee Stadium has been the second-best park for lefty power, and the lefty-hitting Wells already has at least 50-grade power, so 20 homers seems doable as a rookie if he gets the workload of a starting catcher. In his minor-league career, the only level where Wells hit better than .261 was High-A, and he had a walk rate of 11 percent or higher at every minor-league stop, so he is going to be more valuable in OBP leagues than batting average leagues. An unsustainably-high 13.8 Barrel% in his small MLB sample helped generate optimistic x stats (.275 xBA, .566 xSLG, .367 xwOBA), and while he won't approach those numbers over a full season, there are enough encouraging signs with Wells that he makes for a viable second catcher in two-catcher leagues. Wells is a mediocre defensive catcher, so the biggest risk in fantasy is that his defense costs him playing time and he only hits 10-15 home runs instead of 20-plus. The projection system Steamer has Jose Trevino and Ben Rortvedt being worth more wins above replacement than Wells on a per plate appearance basis due to their defense, but it still seems like Wells will be given every chance to be the guy given his draft pedigree and offensive upside.

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2024 15.51.2 4 2 8 1 .091
2023 512.7 8 4 13 3 .229
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Out of Sunday's lineup

    Wells is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays. Wells and Jose Trevino have alternated starts behind the plate over the past eight games, and that trend will continue Sunday after Wells went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout Saturday. Wells is hitless in his past 19 at-bats.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Resting Sunday

    Wells is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Guardians. Wells is getting a breather after he was behind the plate for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, finishing 0-for-3 with an RBI in the Yankees' 8-2 win. Jose Trevino will draw the start at catcher in the series finale, forming a battery with left-hander Nestor Cortes.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Idle for Game 1

    Wells isn't in the Yankees' lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against Cleveland. Wells will begin the first game of Saturday's slate in the dugout, though he will likely get the nod behind the dish in the nightcap. In the meantime, Jose Trevino will start against right-hander Carlos Carrasco, batting eighth.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Gets Wednesday off

    Wells is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins. Wells will be on the bench for the second time in the series with Miami, with both of his absences from the lineup coming against left-handed starting pitchers. Jose Trevino will handle the catching duties for the Yankees on Wednesday.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Out against left-hander

    Wells is not in the lineup for Monday's contest against the Marlins, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports. The Marlins are starting left-hander Jesus Luzardo, so the lefty-hitting Wells will yield to Jose Trevino at catcher. Wells has made six starts at catcher thus far (all against righties), while Trevino has been behind the plate five times (twice versus righties).
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Bypassed for Opening Day start

    Wells won't be included in the Yankees' Opening Day lineup, with manager Aaron Boone relaying that Jose Trevino will receive the nod behind the plate in Thursday's game against the Astros, Brendan Kuty of The Athletic reports. The lefty-hitting Wells will hit the bench for the season opener, which doesn't come as a major surprise with the righty-hitting Trevino having the platoon advantage in his favor against Astros southpaw Framber Valdez. Though Wells offers a higher-upside bat than Trevino, concerns about the former's defense behind the plate could prompt Boone to take a timeshare approach to the catcher spot when New York faces right-handed pitchers, at least to begin the season.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Makes Opening Day roster

    Manager Aaron Boone said Monday that Wells has made the Yankees' Opening Day roster, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. The focus for Wells heading into spring training was getting reps behind the plate and showcasing better defense. In addition to doing those things, Wells has also been efficient at the plate, slashing .300/.391/.550 with two home runs and nine RBI over 40 at-bats in spring training. The 25-year-old will begin 2024 as the secondary backstop behind Jose Trevino, with Ben Rortvedt and Jahmai Jones battling it out for a roster spot.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Showing defensive improvement

    Manager Aaron Boone has praised Wells for his defensive improvement this spring, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Wells is a highlyregarded prospect in the Yankees' system, primarily based on his hit tool and potential to hit for power. His skills profile would stand out particularly well if he can stick at catcher, though his defense has raised questions in the past. The team has given Wells the chance to prove his ability at the position this spring, and he seems to be taking advantage.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Heads to bench

    Wells will sit Saturday against the Royals, Gary Phillips of the New York Daily News reports. Wells has three homers and eight RBI across his last four games, but his slash line through his first 18 big-league contests still sits at an unimpressive .197/.229/.439. Kyle Higashioka will crouch behind the plate Saturday.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Homers, drives in four

    Wells went 1-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in Friday's 12-5 loss against the Royals. Wells launched a three-run shot in the fourth inning and later added an RBI groundout. His four home runs in the majors this season have all come in his last seven games to go along with nine RBI, five runs scored, and a .296 batting average over 27 at-bats.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Smacks game-winning homer

    Wells went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Blue Jays. Wells played the hero Tuesday night, knocking a two-run homer off Jordan Romano in the top of the ninth of a scoreless game to give the Yankees the lead. It marked the second straight game with a two-run homer for Wells, as he also hit one Monday against Arizona. After hitting .103 over his first eight games, the rookie catcher has generated a .276 average with three homers, five runs and six RBI over his subsequent eight contests.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Belts second big-league homer

    Wells went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and an additional run in Monday's 6-4 win against Arizona. Wells tied the score in the fourth inning with a two-run shot to center field. He added a single in the eighth frame and subsequently crossed the plate with the go-ahead run. The long ball was his second as a pro, both of which have come over his past four games. He's gone 5-for-15 over that span after batting 5-for-39 to begin his major-league career.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Not in Thursday's lineup

    Wells is absent from the lineup for Thursday's game versus the Blue Jays. Wells popped his first major-league home run in Wednesday's loss to the Jays but will take a seat Thursday for the second time over the last three contests. Ben Rortvedt is doing the catching for Gerrit Cole.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Taking seat Tuesday

    Wells is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game versus the Blue Jays. It's a routine day off for Wells, who had caught each of the last two contests. Kyle Higashioka will be behind the plate for Clarke Schmidt.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Not in lineup Friday

    Wells is absent from the lineup Friday at Pittsburgh. Ben Rortvedt will take a turn as the Yankees' catcher, with Wells and Kyle Higashioka both riding the pine. Wells, 24, has slashed just .103/.156/.138 with nine strikeouts through his first 33 plate appearances at the major-league level.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: On bench for nightcap

    Wells is not in the lineup for the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Red Sox. Wells went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the early tilt, a 5-0 loss for the Yankees, and he is now slashing just .103/.156/.138 through his first 33 major-league plate appearances. Kyle Higashioka will start at catcher and bat ninth in the nightcap.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Not in lineup for series finale

    Wells is not in the starting lineup Sunday against the Brewers. Ben Rortvedt will catch and bat ninth if the weather allows for it in New York. Wells has gone 2-for-21 (.095) in six major-league games since earning a Sept. 1 call-up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Sitting out Thursday

    Wells isn't in the Yankees' lineup Thursday against the Tigers. Wells has gotten off to a slow start since being promoted to the majors last week, going just 2-for-14 with two RBI and a run scored across four games. Kyle Higashioka will start behind the plate in Wells' place and bat seventh.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Notches hit in big-league debut

    Wells went 1-for-4 in Friday's 6-2 victory against the Astros. Wells was called up from the minors earlier Friday and batted seventh in the lineup while starting behind the plate against Houston. The 24-year-old worked the count full against Justin Verlander in his first big-league plate appearance before lacing a single to right field. Per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Yankees manager Aaron Bone said Friday that Wells will play "a lot" at catcher down the stretch, though New York has two other catchers on the roster in Kyle Higashioka and Ben Rortvedt.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Called up to big leagues

    The Yankees selected Wells' contract from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday. Wells slashed .243/.335/.446 with 16 home runs and seven stolen bases between Double-A Somerset and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, which included an .841 OPS with five homers in August for S/WB. Questions remains as to whether the 2020 first-round pick is a viable catcher defensively in the long run, but he has plenty of potential with the bat and the Yankees should give him a long look over the final month.
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