1. Brett Gardner, LF
His legs and glove might have a year left; if not, will be repealed and replaced by Aaron Hicks or whomever rises from Scranton. No wriggle room. Wow Factor: 5.
2. Gary Sanchez, C
Anything shy of 25 homers will be a disappointment. We want him to be the next Thurman. That brings needless pressure. Wow Factor: 10.
3. Greg Bird, 1B
Another overblown sense of hope. We dream of high average AND power, a combination of Donnie and Tino. A lot to heap on a kid. Wow Factor: 10.
4. Matt Holliday, DH
His best years came at Coors Field, so forget past numbers. Still, he could be our Beltran - quality character, clutch bat, until runs into wall. Wow Factor: 6
5. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
What's he doing, batting fifth? Plummeting, that's what. It's now or never. He'll never be Johnny Damon. But, gulp, Youk? Wow Factor: 4
6. Starlin Castro, 2B
This year will tell if he has a future with the Yankees. Big season, or he's washed away by Gleyber. Wow Factor: 6
7. Chase Headley, 3B
Nobody expects nuthing. Nada. Oh well, only place to go is up. This is his last shot in NYC. Wow Factor: 3
8. Aaron Judge, RF
Since the night he was announced, has been every Yankee fan's ultimate wet dream fantasy. Our Hondo, our Shaq, our King Kong... or our Kingman? Wow Factor: 11
9. Ronald Torreyes, SS
Can he last a month? If not, it's Pete Kozma and Chris Carter pinch-hitting after the seventh. Wow Factor: 3