Yankees' Tauchman Seizes Opportunity: 'You Just Want To Take Advantage of it'

Outfielder joins WFAN To Talk 'Next Man Up' for Bronx Bombers

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August 07, 2019 - 5:30 pm

Mike Tauchman is the personification of the "next man up" mantra for the New York Yankees.

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Tauchman appeared in 52 games in two years for the Colorado Rockies before being traded to New York in March. The Yankees' slew of injuries to Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton paved way for Tauchman to receive an increase of playing time. 

New York capped off a four-game sweep of the Red Sox over the weekend, increasing its lead to 9.5 games in the AL East. He highlighted how the Yankees are still able to maintain their success despite the notable injuries while he seized his opportunity with the Yankees when he joined WFAN's Evan Roberts and John Jastremski on Wednesday.

"That shows the depth of our team," Tauchman said. "I just think we're so deep on the mound and at the plate. But when you get an opportunity, it's exciting. When you get an opportunity to play a little bit more consistently, you just want to take advantage of it. And when other guys are taking advantage of theirs, you want to join in on that and you want to be a part of it."

Tauchman capitalized on his opportunity offensively and defensively. The Illinois native leapt into the crowd to rob Orioles' catcher Pedro Severino during the Yankees win on Tuesday, earning praise from his teammates and Severino. He's also batting .299 and tallied 36 RBI this season. 

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"One of the biggest challenges as a player who is trying to make that transition from the high minor leagues to the major leagues is just getting comfortable being yourself," Tauchman said. I think first and foremost that starts with your ability to self-evaluate who you are as a player and then feel comfortable enough to be that kind of guy everyday because it's a challenge.

"There's really nothing that simulates the energy and emotion of the big leagues. It can be overwhelming at times. But you get a little more comfortable every time you go up and down. You learn a little bit more about yourself and what it's going to take to be successful."