Full Yankee Preview: Catchers and First Basemen

Shanan H.Analyst IApril 2, 2009

NEW YORK - JANUARY 06:  Mark Teixeira talks to the media during a press conference to announce his signing to the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on January 6, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

With the addition of Mark Teixeira, I really wanted to do this.

This is the second in a series of five full previews of the Yankees.  For those who don't know, starters have already been discussed, and later will be infielders, outfielders, and the 'pen.

So, below is the starting catcher and the starting first baseman, with their ranking beside their respective names.

Jorge Posada:  6

Mark Teixeira: 9.5

 

Analysis

Jorge Posada missed most of last year, and may not come back.  If the Yankees are lucky, he will not get injured this year.  He will not, however, hit very well, and he will get very tired. 

But Posada can still call a great game.

If he's healthy, the Yankees' rotation will be better, and Posada should have an OK year.

As for Mark, I think he's in for an MVP year.  He will run for the gold glove, yet will probably lose out to Youk.  He is, in my opinion, the best switch hitter in the league, and the second best in history (Mickey Mantle).

A great year is in store for Tex, and he will become a household Yankee name.

 

Backups

First: Tex is really stuck...Swisher could play if need be, but isn't great.

Catcher: Jose Molina is very good defensively, but he hits like a catcher.  Great backup, however!

 

Hoping to get a Spot

First: Juan Miranda.  This prospect might get called up later, but will start at AAA.

So, that's it.  Thanks for reading, and look for infielders soon! 

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