The lineup for game one of today’s double header is out, and there’s a huge twist.
Estevan Florial is in center field batting seventh.
Florial, who at one time was the 38th ranked prospect according to Baseball America, has never played above high A.
With Judge and Stanton on the IL and five games this weekend, these are desperate times. Florial is still just 22, he’s fairly raw, but he’s an athletic defender and has plenty of pop. A lefty, Florial brings some balance to a right handed heavy group. Time will tell if he can put all of his tools together to become a productive pro, but it’s exciting to see him get a shot.
In five minor league seasons, Florial owns a career slash line of .273/.353/.437.