36-year old switch hitting catcher Jorge Posada will try to build on last year’s career season. He played in 144 games last year for the Yanks and he was 171 for 506 (.338 avg, .969 OPS) with 91 runs scored, 20 homers and 90 RBIs. Seeing how Posada was in a walk year and had a career season expect a drop off now that he has his new shiny contract. Expect Posada to still produce his usual type numbers as he has a career average of .277 (.860 OPS). Posada has also averaged a run every 6.47 at bats, a homer every 22.5 at bats and an RBI every 5.59 at bats. Posada is a little below average in throwing out baserunners trying to steal (22%) but that’s nitpicking.
33-year old Jose Molina was outstanding after being acquired from the Angels last season. In 29 games for the Yanks, Molina was 21 for 66 (.318 avg, .772 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer and 9 RBIs. Still, don’t expect Molina to hit over .300 again as he is a career .243 hitter (.624 OPS). Molina’s game is defense as he threw out 28% of the runners that tried to steal on him and pitchers like to throw to him.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR 2008: B+