New York Yankees: Predicting the Top 5 Batting Averages of 2012

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New York Yankees: Predicting the Top 5 Batting Averages of 2012
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The Yankees hit .263 as a team last season, good enough for fifth place in the American League and seventh place in the majors.

Leading the charge was second baseman Robinson Cano, who posted a .302 average. He was the only member of the team to post a batting average above .300. Cano's .302 average was good enough for 12th in the majors.

Second on the team was Derek Jeter at .297. Jeter may have started the season off slowly, but he finished up with a very strong second half.

Curtis Granderson and his .262 average was third on the team in 2011. Granderson posted an all-around spectacular season, with career highs in home runs, runs, RBI and his highest batting average since 2008.

Nick Swisher hit .260 last season, good enough for fourth on the team. He actually regressed significantly from his .288 average in 2010, but his 23 home runs and 85 RBI were an important part of the lineup.

At .259, Brett Gardner rounds out the team's top five batting averages of 2011. After hitting .270 in 2009 and .277 in 2010, Gardner struggled at times in 2011. He will look to improve that number this season.

It's important to note that Alex Rodriguez would have placed third on this list had he recorded the sufficient number of at-bats. Rodriguez' .276 average did not qualify as he only recorded 373 at-bats in 99 games.

The Yankees' top five batting averages will see a bit of a difference between 2011 and 2012. 

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