Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Season Assessment and Off-season Outlook: Derek Jeter

The next few weeks The Stirring Straw will be releasing season assessments and offseason outlooks on each respective player on the team. The assessments will be much like report cards about their 2012 season, while the outlooks will take a look at 2013 and the players' futures in pinstripes.

This year was going to be an interesting one for The Captain. After a year and a half of disappointing performance he had a fantastic second half of 2011 hitting above .340 and finding some of the little power that he lost. That gave fans everywhere to be optimistic about 2012 for the old shortstop and he didn't disappoint.

Season Assessment: Shortstop isn't usually a position that you're hoping to get much offense out of so when you get a slash line of .316/.362/.429 with a 117 wRC+ and .347 wOBA, you have to be happy. That's exactly what Jeter did at the age of 38. His homer total also jumped from 6 to 15. He may have terrible range, but he still does enough to warrant still being there. It was a year that surpassed all expectations and put the idea of 4000 hits in everyone's heads.

Off-Season Outlook: Jeet still has another year left on his contract plus a player option for 2014 that he will undoubtedly pick up so with the 2012 that he had, he won't be going anywhere anytime soon. However, he is having surgery to repair an ankle fracture that he suffered in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Tigers that could put the start of 2013 in question. That shouldn't be much of an issue though with Eduardo Nunez and Jayson Nix hanging around. You have to wonder whether the ankle will sap the little range that Derek has left and how he'll rebound. Even if he hadn't hurt himself, it's hard to expect the same type performance he had this year going forward.


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