Hello Fellow Yankees Fans,
This entry is pretty self-explanatory, we will be going over players who are shining and players who are not so hot. Although Spring Training stats don’t really matter, it is always nice to get an idea of the good and bad. So let’s jump into it:
Alex Rodriguez: .345/.441/.655
11 G, 29 AB, 4 R, 10 H, 3 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 5 BB, 7 SO, 3 SB
Rodriguez is tearing the cover off of the ball this spring. Just like last spring, Alex is looking like the Alex we all want to see. Who would have seen last season’s injury coming? An injury that held Rodriguez to 99 games. Let’s put that behind us though, we are at the dawn of a new season. The number that caught my eye was his RBI total. Leading the team in runs batted in is just what you want your 4 spot hitter doing. Not only that but he also has 5 walks this spring meaning he is seeing the ball pretty well. Rodriguez is also using his legs for running as he’s stolen 3 bags this spring. Hopefully A-Rod can carry this into the 2012 season, his bat is a big key to the Yankees’ success.
Curtis Granderson: .385/.467/.731
10 G, 26 AB, 8 R, 10 H, 6 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 4 SO
Coming off an MVP caliber season, Granderson seems to have picked up where he left off. Granderson has scored eight runs only trailing Justin Maxwell by one. Granderson’s strikeout totals amount to only 4. The reason I say ‘only’ is because Curtis was no stranger to the third strike last season stricking out 169 times. I’m sure strikeouts are a number Granderson would like to keep to a minimum this upcoming season. Although Grandy only has 1 homerun and has not displayed that 2011 power, he has hit a team-leading 6 doubles. Curtis has been swinging the bat with authority this Spring Training.
Justin Maxwell: .435/.519/.652
14 G, 23 AB, 9 R, 10H, 5 2B, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 5 SO, 3 SB
If centerfield was up for grabs this spring, I would not want to be Girardi (or maybe I would) because Maxwell is making one hell of a statement. What Maxwell does extremely well is hit and round the bases. I mean, who doesn’t like that? Justin has not played anymore than 70 games at the Major League level. It does not seem like he will exceed that number unless one of the designated hitters goes down or one of the starting outfielders is seriously hurt. It’s great to have a bat like this ready for calling whenever it is needed.
Raul Ibanez: .059/.111/.088
12 G, 34 AB, 0 R, 2 H, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 7 SO
Raaaaaaaaaaul, poor guy, only he knows how terrible it feels to struggle so, so badly. Although Ibanez has been to the plate the most times out of any Yankees player this spring, he has only compiled a measly two hits. He has struck out seven times, only driven in two and walked twice. This is not what the DH role should hold for the Yankees this season. These numbers are not acceptable. Ibanez said he has been working on timing and making less movement, let’s hope he gets his time down.
Francisco Cervelli: .167/.192/.250
10 G, 24 AB, 1 R, 4 H, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 6 SO
“That’s Cervelli”. If you guys recall, that was his response to a question asked about a little altercation between the Sox and Yanks back last season. Cervelli has not been Cervelli, if there has ever been one, this spring. He is struggling mightily at the plate striking out six times and only hitting the ball for a hit 4 times out of 24 chances this spring. Catchers are not known for their bats, but it’d be nice to see some, any, kind of production out of that position. The high intensity catcher is having is not having a spring to his liking.
Eric Chavez: .125/.125/.167
10 G, 24 AB, 0 R, 3 H, 1 2B, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 6 SO
The back-up to A-Rod is not having a good spring. It is a bit tough to swallow the fact that Chavez was re-signed this offseason because the only question to ask is, when will he go down with an injury. Most of his career Chavez has been beat up by injuries and last season was just another chapter added to his medical records. Chavez’ glove never fails though, his gold glove caliber defense is one of the best at the third base position. Although his glove is smooth, an injury prone third baseman backing up another injury prone third baseman in A-Rod is something to question this season.
Although numbers during the spring do not mean much, we can use them to see where key players are headed. We still have a couple weeks left before opening day, let’s hope the hot players can continue being hot and the cold ones turn it around.