Do The Yankees Already Have Derek Jeter's Replacement?

Lucas WeickCorrespondent IMay 27, 2010

Eduardo Nunez is not really a common name among Yankee fans, but it soon could be.

While Derek Jeter has not had the best start to the 2010 season, Nunez has had a brilliant start down in AAA Scranton.

He is currently hitting .328 with two home runs and 21 RBI, he also has 12 steals and has scored 19 runs. Basically, he can do it all, except for fielding.

Nunez committed 33 errors last season at AA, making him a major liability on defense. It's not that he doesn't have the arm, in fact he has a cannon of an arm. So good of one that the Yankees wanted to turn him into a pitcher one year that he was struggling.

He just doesn't know how to control his throws. The problem seems to stem from his foot work.

But there is no denying that he has the offensive tools to get the job done at the big league level as he has climbed up the organizational latter very quickly, considering he is only 22 years old.

As a young short stop in the Yankees' farm system all he has to do is supplant Derek Jeter. But maybe, just maybe, the Yanks give him that opportunity, considering Jeter is at the end of his contract, and really hasn't performed as well this season as he has in years past.

By no means am I saying Jeter's career is over and the Yankees shouldn't resign him. I think Jeter can still perform at a high level and could do so for another five to seven years, so I think the Yanks would be making a big mistake if they did not resign him after this year.

All I'm saying is that there is a chance that Nunez might be taking over at short for the Yankees in the coming years as Jeter enters his late 30's.

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