He’s only appeared in five games for the New York Yankees, but 24-year-old outfielder Zoilo Almonte could be the best thing to happen to the club this season.
There’s nothing like a young emerging star to ignite a struggling ball club. Just look at the Los Angeles Dodgers and Yasiel Puig if you need more proof. The Dodgers finally look like they have some life after inserting the 22-year-old into their lineup. Almonte might not be the phenom that Puig is, but he can still give the Yankees a similar wake-up call. New York has been sluggish of late, losing six of their last ten games and averaging a little under two runs per game in those losses. Put simply, New York needs all the help it can get at the plate.
My only concern is what the Yankees will do with Almonte in such a crowded outfield. They already have Vernon Wells, Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki getting significant playing time. And when Curtis Granderson returns from injury, there will be even less time to go around. I expect that the Yankees might dump one of their veterans at the trade deadline, especially if Almonte continues to perform. Or they might even trade Almonte himself, especially if they have the opportunity to pick up a high profile starter.
But for the time being, Zoilo Almonte looks like a star of the future for the New York Yankees.