• What’s To Come For Yanks 5 Best Hitters In 2013 (So Far)?

    Posted by on April 17th, 2013 · Comments (10)
    Age G PA R 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS ▾
    Robinson Cano* 30 12 54 9 4 4 11 5 9 .327 .389 .653 1.042
    Travis Hafner* 36 11 43 8 2 3 7 5 9 .324 .419 .622 1.040
    Francisco Cervelli 27 9 32 8 1 1 6 7 1 .360 .500 .520 1.020
    Vernon Wells 34 11 46 6 3 3 5 6 7 .300 .391 .600 .991
    Kevin Youkilis 34 12 51 8 4 2 7 3 12 .348 .412 .565 .977
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 4/17/2013.

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    At least two of these guys will end up on the disabled list for an extended period before the season is over. Others may likely face PED scrutiny at some point this year. And, some will just see their production fall closer to the lower levels that has been their recent norm.

    Can you name who is who?

    Comments on What’s To Come For Yanks 5 Best Hitters In 2013 (So Far)?

    1. Mr. October
      April 17th, 2013 | 4:14 pm

      I think Cervelli is going to surprise a lot of people, and that Youkilis will have a solid year if he remains healthy. I’m not expecting anything exceptional from Cano by his standards, just a good year… Hafner and Wells have their production fall closer to lower levels, but possibly not both.

    2. April 17th, 2013 | 4:23 pm

      Mr. October wrote:

      I think Cervelli is going to surprise a lot of people

      He’s a career .263 hitter in the minors (in 1270 PA). That said, he makes OK contact and has a decent batting eye. So, maybe, in the bigs, he could have an OBA around .350 or so.
      And, if he did that, I would be impressed – as long as it came in 300+ PA.

    3. Mr. October
      April 17th, 2013 | 4:38 pm

      I wasn’t a Martin fan. I’ve Cervelli plays solid defense, maintains a respectable batting avg. or production at the plate, and hits in the postseason – great.

    4. April 17th, 2013 | 5:02 pm

      Mr. October wrote:

      I wasn’t a Martin fan

      Ditto. He was way over-rated. And, Cashman is a fool to compare him to Thurman Munson.

    5. Mr. October
      April 17th, 2013 | 6:48 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Cashman is a fool to compare him to Thurman Munson.

      Martin wasn’t the worst catcher the team has had in my lifetime, but to make a statement that Russell Martin is/was “Munson-like” or to compare his impact with the Yankee captain’s is something a fool would say.

    6. Raf
      April 17th, 2013 | 8:30 pm
    7. April 26th, 2013 | 8:53 pm

      Well, Cervelli is now out for at least 6 weeks. No shocker. He’s injury-prone.

      And, Youk, with his back, has been MIA for a while.

      How soon until Hafner breaks down?

    8. Evan3457
      April 27th, 2013 | 6:10 am

      Raf wrote:

      http://highlanderhilites.mlblogs.com/2011/06/20/martin-reminds-me-of-munson/
      http://3balls2strikes.blogspot.com/2011/09/martin-evokes-memories-of-munson.html
      http://waswatching.com/2011/01/26/one-view-on-wfan-breakfast-with-cashman/

      Yeah, I forgot that Cashman compared Martin to Munson back when he really played like Munson, and not after Torre ran him into the ground.

    9. Evan3457
      April 27th, 2013 | 6:12 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      Well, Cervelli is now out for at least 6 weeks. No shocker. He’s injury-prone.
      And, Youk, with his back, has been MIA for a while.
      How soon until Hafner breaks down?

      Well, they’re sitting Hafner against lefties to try to avoid that, so he’s missing time all the way along instead.

      Youkillis will be back in a day, or a week. Whatever.

      The loss of Cervelli given his start, will hurt, unless he was going to regress to his past performance, in which case, he would’ve underperformed that past performance to get there. :)

    10. Greg H.
      April 27th, 2013 | 9:17 am

      I feel bad for Cervelli. The name sounds like a character from a Marx Bros. movie, but he sure was playing a lot better than expected. And no batting gloves.

      It may be a break for Romine, who I think was hitting .333 in Scanton, as well as Phelps, who probably should have had the staring slot over Nova anyway.

      The other guys don’t need to stay healthy all year, just until some of the other guys come back. I suspect that Wells will stay healthy, and that he might just sustain his hitting. LAAofA fans must be scratching their heads about now.

      In other news, what’s the over-under for the first obligatory “feasting on bad teams and losing to good ones” post? :-)

      And how ’bout them Jays? Good thing they spent all that money last winter!

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