Now that the All-Star break has come and gone, it’s time for the mid season report card.. This will be done in two parts, so check back tomorrow for part 2.. I'm sure you'll have your opinions too, so Here We Go!
Jacoby Ellsbury B
He’s overpaid but is a solid player who is worth a roster spot on a contending team. Defense is a bit above average. Picked it up in the last month.
Carlos Beltran B+
Can’t play the outfield anymore but is having a great year at the plate. If he gets to the ball he knows what to do. "If" he gets to the ball. Where would the Yankees be without his bat? He deserved the trip to the All Star game.
Bret Gardner C
Gardner is one boring baseball player. He’s hitting .257 with a .353 OBP this season. drawing a ton of walks. Gets on base, but can’t seal bases anymore. Less pop in his bat than the last few seasons.
Aaron Hicks D+
Best defensive outfielder on team. Coaching staff loves him but he has underachieved at the plate. A .197 average, only 3 home runs and not one stolen base. He Must step it up as he will be manning right field a lot in the second half.
Mark Teixeira D-
Never saw a hitter strike out looking as much as he does. .193 average, ouch. It's a weak ground ball or a K. Always hurt (ongoing neck problems and cartilage damage in his knee). No more consistant power but still plays above average defense.
Starlin Castro C
Boy, Castro made a really great first impression. Since the first two weeks of the season he has not been as good. Currently hitting .256 with 10 homers. His glove has been solid, not great at second. Needs improvement turning two. Starlin’s contract runs through 2019, so unless the Yankees trade him (I don’t see that happening anytime soon), he’s not going anywhere for a while.
Didi Gregorius B+
About 5 weeks into last season, I thought the D’backs pulled one on the Yankees. Since then, he has been their best all-around player. He has hit lefties just about as good as any lefty swinger in the league. and his defense has been excellent with the exception of the occasional bobbled ball. Hitting near .300 and with some pop, he belongs in the discussion about the best shortstops in the majors.
Chase Hedely C-
Headley was so unbelievably bad in April that a trip to the minors was a reality. May rolls around and he’s a different guy. He’s hit .285 in 230 plate appearances from May 1st onward, and is playing great defense. The Yankees are probably going to need more of the same from Headley in the second half to get back into the race.
Brian McCann C+
With a .248 average and 14 home runs, he’s basically giving the Yankess the same as the last few seasons. Defensively though, it seems McCann’s game has taken a step back this year. First and foremost, he’s thrown out only 13 of 54 basestealers, while blocking balls in the dirt seems to be a real problem for him. He’s allowed 4 passed balls. It’s clear his his mobility is not what it once was.
Austine Romine B-
Romine is the club’s third homegrown backup catcher in the last three years, and all three have been rock solid or better. Hitting .265 with 9 doubles at the break may not sound spectacular, but for a back up catcher, that’s above average. Defensively he’s average at best, but for a back up, he will do.
Part 2 Tomorrow. What Do You Think??
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