Yankees Weekly Report Card: 5/19/13 - 5/25/13

Al Messerschmidt

The Yankees get grades for their performance for the week. Come back every Sunday to see how well everyone did and what they need to do for next week.

The Yankees went 3-2 this week.

Hitters:

David Adams - A+
.318/.318/.591, 2 HR, 3 K, 2 RBI
Notes: Adams continues to impress offensively and the more at-bats he gets the more he continues to prove that he is for real. He just continues to hit and show that he can handle third base without a problem. He will need to stay productive if he wants to convince the Yankees to keep him on the roster when Kevin Youkilis returns from the disabled list.

Reid Brignac - F
.000/.000/.000, 4 K
Notes: Brignac has yet to get a hit in his short Yankee tenure and he hasn't managed to do much of anything to distinguish him on the roster. He has a pulse and that's about it. It would be nice to see him do something before he's sent packing when Eduardo Nunez finally returns.

Robinson Cano - C+
.188/.435/.375, HR, 6 BB, 3 K, 3 RBI
Notes: Cano has not been hitting as of late, yet he's remained productive this week. He only had three hits, but he managed to draw six walks and a phantom hit by pitch. Ken Singleton commented that he's been expanding the strike zone recently and it's caused some ugly at-bats. As the centerpiece of the lineup, the Yankees won't be able to survive if he falls into a prolonged slump, so he needs to rebound quickly.

Brennan Boesch - Incomplete
1.000/1.000/2.000 (!!!), RBI
Notes: Boesch hit one double in one at-bat after getting called up in place of the re-injured Granderson. That alone could earn him high marks, but who knows what he would do for a whole week since he didn't hit well the last time he was up.

Ben Francisco - Incomplete
N/A
Notes: Francisco hasn't actually played since the 17th, so you can't really grade someone who doesn't play. At this point there doesn't seem to be any purpose of him being on the roster, especially when there are other players in the minors who could actually contribute.

Brett Gardner - B
.250/.368/.563, HR, 3 BB, 4 K, 3 RBI
Notes: Gardner has been very streaky this season, but he stayed productive this week. After not contributing much during the series in Baltimore, Gardner drove in the game-tying run in the ninth inning last night and hit a home run in Tampa Bay. He needs to find a way to become more consistent, whether that means stopping the aggression at the plate or upping it on the base path.

Curtis Granderson - B-
.231/.333/.538, HR, BB, 3 K, RBI
Notes: Granderson seemed to finally find his swing just before he was hit on the hand and broke another bone. He'll be gone for at least another month.

Travis Hafner - A+
.316/.435/.526, HR, 4 BB, 5 K, 5 RBI, SB (?)
Notes:
Hafner has continued to be an offensive machine this week as he led the team in runs batted in and was second in walks and hits. He did end up with five strikeouts (four of them from the last two games), but it's hard to tell if he's falling into a slump or just has some bad at-bats. He's been hitting for power and getting on base, so the only thing he needs to do is cut down on the strikeouts.

Jayson Nix - C-
.214/.267/.357, BB, 5 K, 2 RBI, 2 SB
Notes: Despite what John and Suzyn say, Nix has not been a good hitter. He doesn't do anything particularly well, but he did hit a triple this week and somehow steal two bases. What he needs to stop doing is watching strike three go right down the middle because that is getting infuriating to watch.If he can stop doing that, especially when he inevitably comes up with runners on base, maybe he can be consistently productive for once.

Lyle Overbay - C+
.227/.261/.545, 2 HR, BB, 6 K, 4 RBI
Notes: Right now Lyle Overbay is the only Yankee that absolutely plays every day, so I wonder if that has affected his production. He has still hit well, but this week has seen an increase in strikeouts. He's had some big hits this year and his go-ahead home run in the 11th inning yesterday is another example of that. If he can cut down on the strikeouts then maybe he can put together a few more productive at-bats that will make him even more indispensable than he already has been as Mark Teixeira nears his return.

Austin Romine - F
.000/.000/.000, 4 K
Notes: Romine was hitless in 12 at-bats this week, but managed to strike out four times. I will give him credit for managing to stay in the game after getting hit in the head by a Steve Pearce backswing, but it would have been nice if he could get on base. Not only is he proving he isn't a starting catcher, but he doesn't even look like he belongs in the majors. He needs to actually prove he can be productive in some way because even Stewart is able to get a few hits.

Chris Stewart - Incomplete
.400/.400/.400, K, RBI
Notes: Stewart finally returned to the Yankees after sitting around for several days resting a groin injury. He collected two hits in five at-bats and will hopefully be able to remain productive as the starting catcher. Romine has been terrible as a starter, so it won't be hard for him to improve upon that.

Ichiro Suzuki - C-
.267/.267/.333, K
Notes: Ichiro is barely doing anything; he's not getting hits, he's not getting on base and he's not doing anything when he actually does get on base. About the only things he can do are patrol right field and beat out ground balls. When Granderson was back it was looking like Ichiro would eventually get benched, but now that Grandy's gone again Ichiro will be playing every day. If they don't find someone to replace him he's going to have to figure out a way to stay productive because an Ichiro that doesn't get on base is pretty much worthless.

Vernon Wells - D-
.150/.150/.250, K, RBI
Notes: Vernon Wells was awful this week. He has been hitless in the series against the Rays and went 0-5 last night on 10 pitches while never hitting the ball out of the infield. Hopefully it's just been a poor week and he isn't turning back into a pumpkin, especially on the heels of the loss of Granderson. Something is off with him because he's popping everything up, but if he can just become something other than an automatic out he'll have improved himself.


Pitchers:

Preston Claiborne - A-
1.80 ERA, 0.40 WHIP, 5K
Notes: Claiborne finally gave up the first earned run of his career on a home run from Matt Wieters, but other than that he's been the same pitcher he has been since his debut. He won't be this good forever (or will he?) but the key to success is limiting the damage.

Phil Hughes - B
3.00 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 5 K
Notes: Hughes bounced back from a disaster of a start with a quality two earned runs in six innings outing. The unfortunate, and frustrating, part was that the two runs he gave up came from two Chris Dickerson home runs. While his line might look good, Hughes didn't exactly evoke confidence. He can have these outings and be successful, but it would be nice if he could have some less infuriating starts.

Shawn Kelley - B
3.86 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 3 K
Notes: Kelley can strike out everyone, but he can also get hit pretty hard. The one run he was charged with this week was one that was actually given up by Boone Logan, but the problem still remains: He needs to keep opposing batters off the base path if he's going to continue to be a strikeout or nothing pitcher.

Hiroki Kuroda - F
22.50 ERA, 4.00 WHIP
Notes: The guy who has been the best starter on the staff just didn't have it in his start this week when he gave up five runs on eight hits (two of them were home runs) and then was hit in the leg by a comebacker. He seems to be ok to pitch on Tuesday, but he needs to limit the damage when he doesn't have his best stuff.

Boone Logan - B+
0.00 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, 2 K
Notes: He might have a sparkling ERA, even though he allowed two runners to score that were charged to Nuno and Kelley. He hasn't allowed an earned run since May 5, so he's been effective. He needs to go back to racking up the strikeouts and limit the amount of base runners he allows if he wants to be more than just a LOOGY.

Ivan Nova - C
0.00 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, 2 K
Notes: Nova only pitched one inning of relief, which came last night in the 10th inning and it was scary. He somehow preserved the tie, but he gave up two hits and a walk before getting out of the inning. He ended up getting the win, but he needs to pitch well in the bullpen if he's hoping to even stay in the majors.

Vidal Nuno - B
4.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 2 K
Notes: His first appearance was a forgettable walk off home run loss, but his second, a start where he lasted six innings and allowed only two runs, was much better. Those two earned runs seem unfair out of context; one could have been scored as an unearned run after a David Adams misplay. Nuno was impressive in his start opposite Matt Moore and he'll need to continue to put up numbers like that if he wants to stay in the big leagues.

David Phelps - B
4.70 ERA, 0.78, 3 K
Notes: Phelps was great for most of his start before his perfect game was broken up in the fifth inning. After that he began to fall apart and was then hit in the arm with a comebacker. He nearly went eight innings, but if he wants to stay in the rotation he's going to have to keep his recent string of performances up. All he really has to do is outperform Ivan Nova.

David Robertson - A+
0.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 6 K
Notes: D-Rob was shutdown D-Rob this week after he gave up only one hit and one walk. He's been effective this year, but has been inconsistent at times. He needs to continue to string appearances like these together.

Mariano Rivera - A+
0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 3 K, 2 SV
Notes: Mo went 18-for-18 in saves this week and didn't allow a baserunner in two innings to get two saves. He's obviously in a real groove right now and there's no telling if he will let up anytime soon. Just keep doing what you're doing.

CC Sabathia - D
5.68 ERA, 1.74 WHIP, 2 K
Notes: Sabathis had a poor start as he gave up 11 hits and four runs in 6.1 innings. The Yankees ended up beating the Orioles, but CC didn't contribute much to the win. He's been very inconsistent this season and he needs to start acting like the ace of the staff, reduced velocity or not.

Adam Warren - A
0.00 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 2 K
Notes: Warren's lone appearance this week came in the game where Kuroda lasted only two innings. He pitched four quality innings without letting up a run. It would be nice if he could pitch more than one game a week, but I guess it's the nature of the longman beast.

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