New York Yankees 2012 Season Outlook: Curtis Granderson
The New York Yankees are getting set to make another run at the World Series in 2012. It can be argued that Curtis Granderson was the most valuable player on the 2011 Yankees, and will be crucial to their chances at winning their 28th championship in 2012.
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Curtis Granderson came up in 2004 at the age of 23 to the Detroit Tigers. He is a well-rounded player who has speed, is solid defensively and hits for power. Some may consider him a five-tool player. The only few knocks on his game would probably be his batting average, on-base percentage and strikeouts. If he can get his BA and OBP up and strikeout less, he could easily be considered one of the best players in all of baseball.
Granderson's stats with Detroit:
Total: .272 AVG, 102 HR, 299 RBI, 67 SB
162 game average: .272 AVG, 25 HR, 72 RBI, 17 SB
Granderson was then traded to the New York Yankees before the 2010 season, giving the Yankees their centerfielder for a long time. Centerfield has been a coveted position with the Yankees and Granderson is trying to hold his own, compared to the many legends that have played that position.
Granderson's stats with New York:
Total: .255 AVG, 65 HR, 186 RBI, 37 SB
162 game average: .255 AVG, 37 HR, 104 RBI, 21 SB
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Curtis Granderson has been able to remain healthy basically throughout his career. In 2010, he missed some games due to a strained groin but he still played in 136 games. Since 2006, Granderson has averaged 152 games a season.
He is in great shape and there is no reason to believe that he will not be able to stay relatively healthy throughout the 2012 season.
Monthly Predictions for 2012
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Granderson finally had a huge breakout year in 2011 which will be hard to repeat in 2012. He will be 31 years old when the season starts, and he is currently in his prime. Expect a little regression but not much.
Totals: .260 AVG, 27 HR, 62 RBI, 13 SB
Average: .260 AVG, 4.5 HR, 10.33 RBI, 2.17 SB
2012 Prediction: .253 AVG, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 3 SB, 87 AB, 22 H
Totals: .277 AVG, 27 HR, 87 RBI, 18 SB
Average: .277 AVG, 4.5 HR, 14.5 RBI, 3 SB
2012 Prediction: .289 AVG, 8 HR, 23 RBI, 4 SB, 114 AB, 33 H
Totals: .290 AVG, 23 HR, 83 RBI, 22 SB
Average: .290 AVG, 3.83 HR, 13.83 RBI, 3.67 SB
2012 Prediction: .277 AVG, 6 HR, 16 RBI, 2 SB, 94 AB, 26 H
Totals: .288 AVG, 24 HR, 72 RBI, 18 SB
Average: .288 AVG, four HR, 12 RBI, 3 SB
2012 Prediction: .303 AVG, 7 HR, 22 RBI, 5 SB, 99 AB, 30 H
Totals: .245 AVG, 28 HR, 84 RBI, 18 SB
Average: .245 AVG, four HR, 12 RBI, 2.57 SB
2012 Prediction: .257 AVG, 7 HR, 25 RBI, 4 SB, 101 AB, 26 H
Totals: .250 AVG, 38 HR, 97 RBI, 15 SB
Average: .250 AVG, 4.75 HR, 12.13 RBI, 1.86 SB
2012 Prediction: .256 AVG, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 2 SB, 90 AB, 23 H
Overall 2012 Prediction:
.274 AVG, 34 HR, 109 RBI, 20 SB, 585 AB, 160 H
Awards and Accomplishments
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In 2011, Granderson was an All-Star for the second time in his career, won the Silver Slugger award for the first time and finished fourth in the MVP voting.
In 2012, Granderson will again be an All-Star and has a chance to win the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award, as well. However, expect him to regress slightly from his 2011 season and allow his other teammates (Robinson Cano) to chase the MVP award.
With 34 projected home runs, Granderson will hit his 200th career home run in 2012. He will also reach 1000 career hits, 1000 career games and 500 career RBI's.
Outlooks coming soon... Mariano Rivera and Robinson Cano