Perhaps this is unfair to him because I’m writing this right after Winn’s infield fly ball in the 8th inning was the biggest WPA swing of the game, but Winn needs to step it up. Quickly.
With the injury to Curtis Granderson, Winn is going to be seeing a lot more playing time. As of right now, his line sits at .190/.250/.308. If this doesn’t start trending upwards in a timely manner, left field will become a black hole for the Bombers. Granted, they have the offense to make up for a bad bat.
Of course, it’s worth noting that Winn’s BABIP sits at .222 right now, and his career mark is .100 points higher than that. So, we should expect a correction soon. I should also mention that Randy’s line drive percentage is at a solid 21.1%, so maybe the hits will begin to fall. He is hitting a lot of balls on the ground at this point (57.9%), so that could show us that maybe he’s not hitting the ball as hard as his LD% suggests. Still, the low BABIP and good LD% shows us that something could be coming for Winn. However, if Winn doesn’t start to experience a correction soon, it may be time to let him go and call up someone else.
So, whom could the Yankees elect to bring up if Winn doesn’t get better and they need someone to fill in?
The first option is Greg Golson because he’s on the 40 man roster and has been up. I’m not a big believer in his bat (.667 OPS at SWB in ’10), but if he could add some defense from his ridiculous speed, it’d be more than what we’ve seen of Winn.
The second option, and only other outfield option on the 40 man is Chad Huffman. He’s OPSing .727 at Scranton right now (.300/.427).
If the Yankees do grow weary of Winn, it’s likely that they’ll eat his salary and designate him for assignment, thus opening a spot on the 40 man for an outfielder. First in that line would be Colin Curtis. After being left unprotected for the Rule V Draft, Curtis has hit well. He tore up the Arizona Fall League and played well in Spring Training and is currently raking in Scranton to the tune of an .875 OPS. Next would be David Winfree, who’s hitting well, too. His AAA OPS sits at .837. These two are already knocking on the door and the moer Winn struggles, the louder those knocks will be.