This is a slideshow on the top 10 Yankee performers right now. Keep in mind that the entire show is not based on past seasons' performances. It is only based on the future, which I think is the most relevant tool that we can look to at this point. Thus, don't be surprised if you see some major names kept off of this list.
What can I say? The dude's beastly so far in the season. The only reason that I don't have him higher is that he hasn't pitched in huge situations yet, as Joe Girardi continues going to Joba again and again. It's the dry hump- Robertson always warms up but then takes a seat in the presence of Joba, who's gained some (and that's an understatement) this offseason. I see no reason right now to have Joba as the 7th inning guy over Robertson. Give the kid a chance!
8.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1-0. Well, he's a perfecto! (Don't want to jinx it like Michael Kay)!
I love what AJ has done this year. He's greatly improved upon the dreadfulness of last year in a huge way. I really think he'll end up having a phenomenal showing, but a few hiccups in the beginning of the season aided in bumping him down on the list. I really think he could have a 3.50 ERA, 15 win season this season because he's shown the ability to get those outs that he needs.
30.2 IP, 3.52 ERA, 3-1
Before you complain, I just put Colon in the 8 spot because of his limited number of starts. He has had two amazing starts, while others (hint, hint: Freddy Garcia) have had 3 or 4 starts during the season. Give it a couple more good starts and I will definitely bump up Colon to near the top of the list. No disrespect to the big dude!
26.0 IP, 2.77 ERA, 2-1
Tex's torrid beginning of the season made it seem as though he could easily become number 1 on this list. He's somewhat dropped off since then, however. His homerun numbers are above average for this time of year, but his average is what worries me about his stats. Just like last season, these numbers are lagging, and he could be on track for another .250 season. I still think he could make it to .270, though. Maybe a not-so-terrible April will get Tex back on track.
21 G, .253 AVG, 6 HR, 16 RBI
A-Rod, or A-Roid (however you prefer it), has been nothing short of spectacular so far in this early season. The only reason I have him this low is that I would prefer for him to be near the pack. He is above the pack in average, but slightly below the Yankee leaders in HR this season, which should be his strong suit.
19 G, .313 AVG, 5 HR, 18 RBI
The Grandy Man certainly can! He has had an amazing turnaround season, especially with his homer numbers. The only reason I rate him lower is that his average right now is slightly lower than the pack, almost like how A-Rod's power is slightly lower than the elite hitters (at the short term time) on the Yankees.
22 G, .273 AVG, 7 HR, 14 RBI
I was planning to put him higher on the board, but CC has not had very impressive starts of late. He has had 2 straight games of allowing 3 runs. I do discount this fact, though, as he went deep into the game with a shutout and had runs scratched on the board with infield and cheap hits. Nonetheless, Sabathia has been very solid, to say the least, but not number 1 worthy.
40.0 IP, 2.25 ERA, 2-1
I predicted a turnaround season for Martin, but I didn't even imagine it would be this type of turnaround! He has been amazing at the plate so far. At this point in the rankings, there is not much separating each player, so I can't really say much bad about this dude. I expect he'll drop off, but that does not affect this ranking at all.
21 G, .290 AVG, 6 HR, 17 RBI
Robbie Cano (oops, I forgot he doesn't like that) don't you know. Well, obviously you know him, but Cano has been on a nice little tear this season. There is one huge, and I mean huge concern with him, however. He has only walked 1 time this entire season! That is upsetting, seeing how he apparently changed to become a patient hitter last season. That is why he's not number 1. But the number 1 player is just way too elite for the likes of Cano right now.
22 G, .308 AVG, 6 HR, 19 RBI
The guy's been flawless this season so far, and I have no knock on him at all. I do have a feeling that he could be found out soon and drop off the map, but he has been very crafty. Nothing much else to say about this guy, he's been elite.
13.0 IP, 0.69 ERA, 1-0