35-year old righty swinging Derek Jeter has shown no signs of slowing down despite his advancing age. Jeter played in 153 games for the Yankees last season and he was 212 for 634 (.334 avg, .871 OPS) with 107 runs scored, 18 homers, 66 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. Jeter was the leadoff hitter for the Yankees full time last season and he adjusted very well to it getting the offense going full blast. Last season Jeter went over 200 hits in a season for the 7th time and it was also his 12th season of scoring 100+ runs. The most impressive feat for Jeter last season was the fact that he is now the all-time hit leader in New York Yankees’ history with 2,747 and counting. Jeter only made 8 errors in 150 games for the Yankees last season but he showed poor range despite making a highlight reel play once in a while. The Yanks will put up with his defense as he more than makes up for it with his bat.
24-year old switch hitting Ramiro Pena will be the utility infielder for the Yankees this season. He played in 69 games for the Yankees last season and he was 33 for 115 (.287 avg, .700 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 1 homer, 10 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Pena played in 34 games at shortstop last season for the Yankees and he made 3 errors while showing poor range there. Pena will likely move around giving the older players on the Yankees a day off once in a while.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SS IN 2010: A+