New York Yankees' 2012 Season Outlook: Derek Jeter
The Yankee Captain recently said that there's no reason to believe he can't continue to play a full season at the level of excellence he has always demanded of himself.
In 2010, and the first half of 2011, that excellence was not there. However, after an injury, Derek Jeter re-found his swing and played at a high level for the rest of the season.
Here is a an outlook for Jeter's 2012 season and whether or not that excellence will still be there.
Derek Jeter has been with the New York Yankees since his debut in 1995. The following season, he would win the Rookie of the Year award and the World Series.
Since then, Jeter has expected nothing less than winning the World Series.
He has spent 17 seasons with the Yankees and was officially recognized as the Yankees captain in 2003. Because of his clutch postseason performances, Jeter has been given nicknames like "Captain Clutch" or "Mr. November."
Jeter's stats with New York
Total: 2426 G, .313 BA, 240 HR, 1196 RBI
Average (not including 1995): 151 G, .313 BA, 15 HR, 74 RBI
Derek Jeter has been extremely durable throughout his career. Since 1996, Jeter has averaged 151 games a season.
On Opening Day of 2003, Jeter separated his left shoulder in a collision. However, he came back and played in 118 more games that season.
In 2011, Jeter went on the DL for the first time since 2003 because of his strained calf. He still played in 131 games that season.
Jeter's overall health history would make a case for him to be healthy for the entire 2012 season. However, his age and demanding position are both factors that could cause him to miss some games.
Monthly Predictions for 2012
Totals: .303 AVG, 32 HR, 185 RBI
Average: .303 AVG, 2 HR, 11.56 RBI
2012 Prediction: .280 AVG, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 93 AB, 26 H
Totals: .296 AVG, 39 HR, 210 RBI
Average: .296 AVG, 2.5 HR, 13.13 RBI
2012 Prediction: .282 AVG, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 117 AB, 33 H
Totals: .305 AVG, 43 HR, 187 RBI
Average: .305 AVG, 2.69 HR, 11.69 RBI
2012 Prediction: .307 AVG, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 101 AB, 31 H
Totals: .326 AVG, 35 HR, 198 RBI
Average: .326 AVG, 2.19 HR, 12.38 RBI
2012 Prediction: .281 AVG, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 89 AB, 25 H
Totals: .322 AVG, 50 HR, 224 RBI
Average: .322 AVG, 3.13 HR, 14 RBI
2012 Prediction: .314 AVG, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 105 AB, 33 H
Totals: .324 AVG, 41 HR, 192 RBI
Average: .324 AVG, 2.41 HR, 11.29 RBI
2012 Prediction: .308 AVG, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 91 AB, 28 H
Overall 2012 Prediction:
.295 AVG, 9 HR, 67 RBI, 596 AB, 176 H
Awards and Achievements
If Derek Jeter has a closet for all his career awards, it is probably overflowing.
He is a 12-time All-Star and will probably be elected to another All-Star game in 2012. He is a five-time Gold Glove winner, but because of his age and diminished range, he will most likely not win another. The most important awards for Jeter are his five World Series Championships.
The Yankees have one of the most complete teams in recent memory, and I think Jeter will win his sixth and final World Series Championship in 2012.
Jeter recently became the Yankees all-time hits leader and also recorded his 3,000th hit. With a projected 176 hits, Jeter will have 3264 career hits. That will jump him up from spot 19 to spot 11 on the all-time hits list, passing players like Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken, George Brett, Robin Yount and Eddie Murray.
With a projected nine home runs coming in 2012, Jeter would be one shy of 250 in his career. He will also surpass 2,500 career games.