The Yankees are really deep in talent at 1B with Mark Teixeira, Nick Johnson and Juan Miranda. It all starts with 30-year old switch-hitting Mark Teixeira. He played in 156 games last season for the Yankees and he was 178 for 609 (.292 avg, .948 OPS) with 103 runs scored, 39 homers and 122 RBIs. Teixeira has averaged 151.4 games played per season and he has averaged 95.6 runs scored, 34.6 homers and 114 RBIs per year so the Yankees are pretty confident that they know what they are getting with him. Teixeira also flashes solid leather as he only made 4 errors in 152 games at 1B last year for the Yankees. He makes all of the infielders on the Yankees better because of how well he handles throws in the dirt.
31-year old lefty swinging Nick Johnson will likely be the full-time DH but he is the one who would fill in if Teixeira got hurt or needed a day or two off. He is a solid hitter but he is overrated with the glove on as he made 12 errors in 129 games with the Marlins & Nationals last season. 29-year old switch-hitting Nick Swisher could also play some 1B for the Yankees this season but they want him to concentrate on RF. He played in 20 games for the Yankees at first base last season and he made 1 error.
26-year old lefty swinging Juan Miranda has been a decent prospect for quite some time but he just hasn’t got a extended look with the Yankees yet. He played in 8 games for the Yankees last season and he was 3 for 9 (.333 avg, 1.000 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs. He also played in 122 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 127 for 438 (.290 avg, .867 OPS) with 74 runs scored, 19 homers, 82 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Miranda is the kind of player the Yankees usually trade so keep an eye on him at the July trading deadline.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 1B IN 2010: A+