38-year old righty swinging SS Derek Jeter broke his ankle last year in the playoffs while fielding a routine ground ball. The Yankees hope that Jeter isn’t getting brittle, because they need his bat. Jeter played in 159 games for the Yankees last year and he was 216 of 683 (.316 avg, .791 OPS) with 99 runs scored, 15 homers, 58 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. He played in 135 games (133 starts) for the Yankees at SS last year and he had 10 errors, but his range was pathetic as it seems to be declining every day. Jeter has now played in 2,585 games in his first 18 years in the majors and he is 3,304 of 10,551 (.313 avg, .829 OPS) with 1,868 runs scored, 255 homers, 1,254 RBIs and 348 stolen bases. 25-year old righty swinging Eduardo Nunez will likely be Jeter’s top backup in 2013. Nunez got into the Dog House last year due to his pitiful defensive play. He played in 16 games (13 starts) at SS for the Yankees last year and he had 4 errors and showed below average range there. Nunez played in 38 games for the Yankees overall last year and he was 26 of 89 (.292 avg, .723 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 1 homer, 11 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. He has now played in 180 games in his first three years with the Yankees and he is 122 of 448 (.272 avg, .701 OPS) with 64 runs scored, 7 homers, 48 RBIs and 38 stolen bases. 33-year old righty swinging Gil Velazquez will also get a shot to win a job on the Yankees’ bench. He played in 19 games for the Marlins last year and he was 13 of 56 (.232 avg, .496 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs. He also played in 110 games in AAA-ball last year for the Marlins in which he was 124 of 398 (.312 avg, .775 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 4 homers, 42 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Velazquez has now played in 32 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 17 of 72 (.236 avg, .503 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 4 RBIs.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SHORTSTOPS IN 2013: B+