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Fantasy baseball player profiles: New York Yankees

Fantasy baseball player profiles: New York Yankees

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1 Jorge Posada, C, New York Yankees
2 Francisco Cervelli, C, New York Yankees
3 Mark Teixeira, 1B, New York Yankees
4 Nick Johnson, 1B, New York Yankees
5 Robinson Cano, 2B, New York Yankees
6 Alex Rodriguez, 3B, New York Yankees
7 Derek Jeter, SS, New York Yankees
8 Ramiro Pena, SS, New York Yankees
9 Brett Gardner, OF, New York Yankees
10 Curtis Granderson, OF, New York Yankees
11 Nick Swisher, OF, New York Yankees
12 CC Sabathia, SP, New York Yankees
13 Javier Vazquez, SP, New York Yankees
14 A.J. Burnett, SP, New York Yankees
15 Andy Pettitte, SP, New York Yankees
16 Joba Chamberlain, RP, New York Yankees
17 Phil Hughes, SP, New York Yankees
18 Mariano Rivera, RP, New York Yankees

Jorge Posada, C, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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What was it Aaliyah said about age? Posada whiffs a lot but also walks a bunch. While Jorge Posada's eye has declined since '07, this park and lineup should help maintain his production, even if they limit his reps. Dynamic home-road splits tell the tale, but it's a fantasy that can be read again with some confidence.


Francisco Cervelli, C, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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13524344222.252.338.378.716

The Italian Stallion can make decent contact and may see more reps as the Yanks look to preserve Jorge Posada. Any extensive PT here adds value – well, whatever modest offensive potential can do over increased time. Francisco Cervelli doesn't yet know what a walk is.


Mark Teixeira, 1B, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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4285810523761.245.331.472.803

The Bronx bandbox enhanced skills already among the upper ranks, especially with Mark Teixeira's ballooned flyball rate; keeping this up will play well in his park. He once again overcame early struggles and added a few taters to his already gluttonous potato basket, all while being more aggressive at the dish. Few bats are as bank.


Nick Johnson, 1B, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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The Stick, with prime line-drive and walk rates, ranks as one of the best on-base threats in the bigs. Nick Johnson second trip in the Bronx has a grander offensive feel. Anything close to a full season as the No. 2 in this lineup spells CI value in everything but dingers. Banking on his health, however, still carries risks.


Robinson Cano, 2B, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5828017921945.308.378.498.876

A putrid April '08 unfairly cursed Robinson Cano's '09 draft stock. Work on his stance last offseason contributed to a career season, including 25 bombs and a booming 13.0 percent HR/FB. Makes more contact than Jodie Foster, even if he hits the ground a lot. The .320 clip is a much safer bet than the boom, but his locale splits don't point to a strict Bronx Effect, either.


Alex Rodriguez, 3B, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Tough to argue with .286-30-100 in 444 at-bats. Much respek: Alex Rodriguez tied his career-best walk rate; this should continue. His liner rate increased for the second straight year. He was more patient, too, as if this top-three roto player couldn't be any scarier.


Derek Jeter, SS, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
597821649556.275.332.362.694

The new park helped a bit; it'll be hard to repeat the ridiculous flyball numbers, even if Derek Jeter's dingers are Jeterian; every other contact peripheral was just about on par. He returned to patience, too. As long as you avoid reaching for anything above 10 bombs, he won't disappoint.


Ramiro Pena, SS, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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19928505240.251.306.392.698

This slick-leathered 24-year-old will fill in at every infield spot but first base. Ramiro Pena has an excellent line-drive percentage, but don't count on anything besides steals and maybe modest run-scoring. His eye is still raw.


Brett Gardner, OF, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4777512874336.268.348.392.740

Despite competition, Brett Gardner will probably be the full-time left fielder. The speed? We love. The contact? Very promising. The power? Uh, did we mention the speed? Gardner did learn how to trot to first last season, and he made vast improvements against southpaws. The speed (and potentially runs) column suits Gardner best. He's applicable as a late-round steals threat in deep mixed.


Curtis Granderson, OF, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
53176128257811.241.329.431.760

Overcoming lefty pitching remains Curtis Granderson's biggest task, one that the Bombers hope hitting guru Kevin Long can fix. Grandy still carries 30-homer pop - his new home helps; but his lineup placement (looks like sixth most often) may knock down his steals.


Nick Swisher, OF, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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5447213822701.254.348.432.780

Xavier Nady's injury opened the door last year. Patience and power are Nick Swisher's calling cards; he focuses more on reaching base than recording hits. Few see as many pitches. He fans often, too, but he also loves the new Stadium. A sure bet for 25-plus homers, sub-.260 average.


CC Sabathia, SP, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
13021020688631803.771.28

Talk about a grand New York entrance. The big man pounded out his third straight year of at least 230 innings. Last season is probably his new baseline, and CC Sabathia recovered his K/9 in the second half. Those climbing flyballs shouldn't leave your head, but his increased efficiency should ease your concerns over his workload.


Javier Vazquez, SP, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Coming off a career year in '09, Javier Vazquez heads into his year-34 season. His strand rate was well above his career numbers, which makes him due for some correction. He'll have to temper his flyball rates playing in the House that Homers Built. Innings and strikeouts are his best assets, and he'll face softer pitching matchups more often than not.


A.J. Burnett, SP, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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10017516172621603.701.27

You know what you're getting: a lot of brilliance, a ton of what-the-heck. A.J. Burnett crossed the 200-inning line for the second straight year. Maybe that tired him out, evidenced by his climbing BB/9. Oddly enough, he was worse on the road, but you should be wary of his flyball percentage catching up to him at home.


Andy Pettitte, SP, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
3045381724613.401.38

Here, Andy Pettitte, try some of these innings. He gobbles them. He still posts OK dominance, but he registered his worst walk rate since 2000. He's better for real life than fantasy – that .301 BABIP should come up - but is serviceable on a deep pitching staff.


Joba Chamberlain, RP, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
2045452219454.401.42

Joba Chamberlain's velocity dropped as a full-time starter, and his opponents' line-drive percentage soared. It looks like he'll start the season in the bullpen, though, making him Mo's understudy for saves and a better roto asset. He provides promise for a deep mixed staff and is a valuable middle-round AL-only commodity for 'pen K's and ratios; Chamberlain's relief numbers can be more stable than an iffy starter or closer.


Phil Hughes, SP, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
10017518178471444.011.30

Mariano Rivera, the master of the cutter, passed the pitch on to Phil Hughes. It helped: Hughes thrived in the eighth inning. It looks like he'll shift to the rotation. A la Joba Chamberlain, his velocity was more prominent in relief duty. His K's might take a slight hit, but his upside makes him worth reaching for in the late rounds of deep mixed leagues and the middle portion of AL-only drafts.


Mariano Rivera, RP, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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This past year's bugaboo: his 0.95 HR/9. What could come crashing down: His 91.8 percent strand rate, which still isn't a big increase from '08. You know that year is coming, but even then, how big will Mariano Rivera's drop-off be? This physical wonder hardly differentiates one delivery from the next. He has the setup for the saves. If you don't overpay, grab him. It's a contract year, after all....