Throughout the season, I am going to keep tabs on the Yankees players of the week, to be decided upon by community vote after I highlight my top choices. Each week, I'll head over to Fangraphs and select as many players I felt had a great week, and I will include both batters and pitchers. So without further ado, let's take a look at who has had the best last seven days.
Disclaimer: It is important to note that all of these posts will be dealing with very small sample sizes, and should only be used as a quick way of taking a look at how the team has performed recently.
Derek Jeter: The Captain has paved the way for batters so far, coming out of the gate with a .370/.414/.556 line, good for a .403 wOBA and a 174 wRC+.
Brett Gardner: Gardner is currently hitting .353/.389/.353 and has done very well against lefties, something he struggled mightily with last season (75 wRC+). Sooner or later he'll tack on a few extra base hits and his ISO won't be .000 anymore. He has a .346 wOBA and a 132 wRC+.
Nick Swisher: Swisher currently leads the team with two homers, including his game winner last night. While he's only hitting .208, he's walked in 16.7% of his plate appearances and has hit for some power, leading to a .392 wOBA and a 166 wRC+. Swisher is a great example to compare to Duggan's chart from the other day, as he has shown that a high batting average isn't necessary to produce runs.
Ivan Nova: Nova is the only starter who has turned in a quality outing so far, as he tossed seven innings of two run ball to go along with seven strikeouts and no walks in his season debut. His start was good for a 2.65 FIP, and we can only hope he continues to make strides.
Cory Wade: Wade has been the best relief pitcher for the Yankees this far, as he's tossed five scoreless innings to go along with a 16.2 K/9 and a 1.80 BB/9, good for a minuscule 0.39 FIP.
David Robertson: Walks will always be an issue with D-Rob, but his 18 K/9 so far helps make up for things. He has a 0.79 FIP in his limited innings.
David Phelps: Last, and certainly not least. Phelps is currently sporting a -0.54 FIP (yes, that's possible), as he hasn't allowed a homer, hasn't walked anyone, and has a 15 K/9. His GB% was also an astounding 75% this week. Not too shabby for your first week with the Major League club.