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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 126.51.9 27 7 21 27 1 .224
2023 512.7 8 4 13 3 .229
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Out against left-hander

    Wells is absent from the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mets. It's lefty Jose Quintana on the mound for the Mets, so the left-handed hitting Wells will sit in favor of righty Carlos Narvaez. Wells had started each of the previous six contests.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Launches seventh home run

    Wells went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and an additional run scored in Monday's win against the Rays. The 25-year-old slugged the first of five Yankee home runs on the afternoon, going back-to-back with Anthony Volpe in the second inning. Wells continues to see regular playing time behind the plate, especially with Jose Trevino (quadriceps) on the shelf. Wells has compiled a .223 batting average with seven home runs, 21 RBI and 27 runs scored across 65 games this season.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Hits three-run homer in win

    Wells went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Orioles. Wells put the Yankees up 4-0 in the first inning with a three-run homer off Grayson Rodriguez. The catcher has now homered three times in July while continuing to see consistent playing time. On the season, he is hitting .220 with six home runs, 20 RBI and 24 runs scored across 190 plate appearances.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Riding pine Friday

    Wells is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Orioles. The lefty-hitting Wells will take a seat Friday with southpaw Cade Povich on the bump for Baltimore. Jose Trevino will bat eighth in his place.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Slugs homer in loss

    Wells went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Rays. Wells put New York on the board with a solo shot to right field in the second inning. It was the backstop's fifth long ball of the campaign, three of which have come over his past 10 contests. Wells is batting .286 (8-for-28) with six RBI over that stretch and has moved back into the primary catcher role for the Yankees, starting five of the team's past seven contests behind the plate.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Exiting starting nine Wednesday

    Wells is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rays. Wells will hit the bench after he started behind the dish in three of the Yankees' last four games. Jose Trevino will get the nod at catcher Wednesday, forming a battery with starting pitcher Marcus Stroman.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Clubs homer Saturday

    Wells went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a double in a 9-3 loss to Toronto on Saturday. The Yankees got beat pretty soundly Saturday, so Wells' two-run blast in the ninth inning didn't make much of an impact on the outcome. However, it was a positive development for the catcher's stat line after he had gone just 3-for-18 at the plate over his previous nine games. Wells is slashing a modest .213/.304/.346 with three homers, 13 RBI, 18 runs and a stolen base on the campaign. Over New York's past six contests, Jose Trevino has started four times to Wells' two starts, but the tide may be shifting with Wells getting his second straight start Sunday.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Back on bench Sunday

    Wells is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox. Wells will sit for the second time in the series after making his lone start in Saturday's 8-1 win. Though he's gone 5-for-15 with a home run and walk in his last five games, Wells still appears to be stuck in a timeshare at catcher with Jose Trevino.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Idle Tuesday

    Wells is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against Minnesota. Wells won't start Tuesday's game despite the Twins trotting out a right-handed pitcher. Instead, Jose Trevino will catch and bat eighth.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Sitting against southpaw

    Wells is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants. Wells had started behind the plate while the Yankees faced right-handed starting pitchers in both of the past two games, but the lefty-hitting catcher will take a seat for the series finale while southpaw Blake Snell toes the rubber for the Giants. Jose Trevino will pick up the start at catcher.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Sitting second straight

    Wells is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's outing against the White Sox, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports. The 24-year-old catcher will watch from the dugout as Jose Trevino gets his second start in a row behind the plate against the White Sox. Wells is slashing .197/.308/.303 with four RBI and a 13:11 BB:K through 91 plate appearances in his second major-league season.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Heads to bench Wednesday

    Wells is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Twins. With a .954 OPS in 11 games dating back to April 24, Wells is beginning to earn himself a larger portion of the work behind the plate, but he'll still be part of a timeshare with Jose Trevino. The Yankees will turn to Trevino to handle catching duties in Wednesday's contest, but expect Wells to return to the lineup for Thursday's series finale.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Heading to bench Sunday

    Wells is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays. With lefty Tyler Alexander on the hill for the Rays, the lefty-hitting Wells will exit the lineup for the series finale. Jose Trevino will spell Wells behind the plate.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Gets breather Saturday

    Wells isn't in the Yankees' lineup Saturday against the Tigers. After going 0-for-2 with a walk during Friday's series opener, Wells will step out of the lineup Saturday. Jose Trevino will start behind the dish instead, batting eighth.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Cranks first home run

    Wells went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Orioles. Wells got the Yankees on the board in the third inning, leading off the frame with a 414-foot blast off Dean Kremer, his first of the season. The 24-year-old Wells has started to turn things around at the plate -- he's now 7-for-16 with three extra-base hits in his last four games after going 0-for-21 in his previous nine contests. Wells is now slashing .196/.338/.294 with seven runs scored and three RBI through 65 plate appearances this season while sharing catching duties with Jose Trevino.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Not in Sunday's lineup

    Wells is out of the lineup for Sunday's game at Milwaukee. Wells went 2-for-6 with a double, a run and two walks in the first two games of the series and will take a seat for the finale. Jose Trevino will step in behind the plate to catch for righty Marcus Stroman.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Gives way to Trevino behind plate

    Wells is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Athletics, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. Wells will head to the bench for the fifth time in eight games, with four of those absences coming with the opposition bringing left-handed pitchers to the hill. Though the Yankees seem to be opting for a platoon at catcher between the lefty-hitting Wells and the righty-hitting Jose Trevino, it's possible that Wells moves into a pure backup role or is optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre if he's unable to get going at the plate anytime soon. Wells has mustered a lowly .347 OPS through his first 13 games of the season.
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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: 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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