31-year old switch-hitting Nick Swisher is going to start in RF for the Yankees again in 2012. He played in 150 games for the Yankees last year and he was 137 of 526 (.260 avg, .822 OPS) with 81 runs scored, 23 homers, 85 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Swisher has now played in 450 games in his first three years with the Yankees and he is 424 of 1,590 (.267 avg, .854 OPS) with 256 runs scored, 81 homers, 256 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Swisher has now played in 1,061 games in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 939 of 3,704 (.254 avg, .826 OPS) with 609 runs scored, 185 homers, 580 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. Swisher played in 141 games in RF for the Yankees last year and he had 9 assists and only 1 error. Swisher also showed off pretty good range in RF last year. Swisher is going to be a ssolid player for the Yankees again in 2012.
34-year old righty swinging Andruw Jones will be Swisher’s top backup in 2012. He played in 19 error-free games in RF for the Yankees last year and he had 1 assist while showing off excellent range.
29-year old lefty swinging Chris Dickerson will try to win a backup job this spring. He played in 60 games last year for the Yankees and he was 13 of 50 (.260 avg, .656 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer, 7 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Dickerson has now played in 233 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 134 of 504 (.266 avg, .750 OPS) with 71 runs scored, 9 homers, 42 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. Dickerson played in 42 games in RF for the Yankees last year and he didn’t have any errors. He also had 2 assists in RF but he showed awful range.
28-year old righty swinging Justin Maxwell is also on the hunt for a backup job in the Yankees’ outfield. Maxwell played in 48 games in AAA-ball for the Yankees last year and he was 46 of 177 (.260 avg, .945 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 13 homers, 35 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Maxwell last played in the majors back in 2010 with the Nationals. He has played in 122 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 44 of 219 (.201 avg, .698 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 9 homers, 26 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE RF IN 2012: B