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6/26/1974 (42 y, 8 m)
1992 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 6, Overall: 6, Team: New York Yankees
$12M / 1 Years (2014)
Jeter went 1-for-2 with an RBI single before being removed in the third inning of the Yankees' 9-5 win over the Red Sox on Sunday. The hit was the 3,465th of his career and increased his career batting average to .310. (9/28/2014)
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Year in Review:
Jeter posted one of his better seasons of late after declining in each of the past three seasons. His wRC+ rates were 145, 126, and 110 from 2006 to 2008. Some were expecting him to crash closer to league average in 2009 but then came 2009 in the new Yankee Stadium, where he had a 142 wRC+ as a 35-year-old infielder. Jeter fared well on the road and at the new stadium, but 13 of his 18 homers came in Yankee Stadium. It was his highest homer total since he hit 19 in 2005. Jeter also put some critics to rest by posting his first positive UZR (6.6) in 2009. This all added up to a gaudy 7.4 WAR (worth $33.4 million), which more than justified his $21.6 million salary
The Year Ahead:
Jeter’s entering the last season of his mega-contract and he likely wants to finish his career in a Yankee uniform. Another big season would put a lot of pressure on the Yankees to get a deal done for their captain and franchise icon. He’s showing no signs of slowing down and, while he may not top his numbers from last season, he should come close to matching them. It’s going to be awfully interesting to see what kind of money Jeter and his agent request from the Yankees during or after 2010. Jeter’s been a class act during his 15 seasons in a Yankee uniform. Would he really be that out of line to ask for a king’s ransom? (Dan Budreika)
The Captain's career reached its nadir in 2010, as Jeter was a below-average batter for the first time in his 15 years as a full-time starter. His extra-base pop continued its gradual decline, as his ISO was a career-low .100, but the biggest reason for Jeter's tepid .270/.340/.370 line was a sharp decrease in his BABIP. From 2007 to 2009, Jeter's .356 BABIP was the sixth-highest figure among qualified big-league hitters. In 2010, though, it dropped to a career-worst .307. Jeter has long been a ground ball-heavy hitter, with a career 57 GB%. But he hit more grounders than anybody this past season (65.7%) while getting fewer hits on those grounders. Jeter's BABIP on ground balls was .239, compared to .270 from 2007 to 2009. After a very public and sometimes acrimonious negotiations between his agent and the Yankees, Jeter will be in pinstripes through at least 2013. As his 37th birthday creeps up, he'll need to loft the ball more often and prove that his wheels haven't slowed to enjoy a rebound season. (David Golebiewski)
The Quick Opinion:
Jeter's BABIP this past season was over 50 points lower than his career average prior to 2010. He should turn in a better year with the bat in 2011 with more balls in play finding holes, though a full BABIP rebound might not occur and his power production has mostly dried up. Draft him based on his current talents, not name recognition or past accomplishments.
One of the more controversial players over the past two years, Jeter still provides solid production despite a lack of power. Usually a lock for 12-17 home runs, he’s combined for just 16 over the past two seasons. Despite his relatively advanced (baseball) age he’s still a lock for ~15 stolen bases. Jeter’s main issue is his ground-ball rate. He’s lead the league the past two seasons in GB%, no one else has been particularly close. This is fine when you’re a younger, faster player like Elvis Andrus, but when you have as many miles on your legs as Jeter does it’s a problem. He still plays in New York so scoring runs won’t be a problem. As long as he stays healthy he’ll produce enough to remain a mid-tier fantasy shortstop. (Erik Hahmann)
The Quick Opinion:
Far from his heyday, Jeter still provides solid counting stats at a position sorely lacking them.
Jeter, 38, turned in a near-vintage season in 2012 by hitting .316/.362/.429 (117wRC+) with 15 homers and nine steals. Mechanical tweaks made during a 2011 stint on the DL have helped him turn back the clock and hit .321/.369/.434 over his last 1,048 plate appearances, so this isn't a small sample anymore. Jeter had offseason surgery to repair a fractured left ankle and there is at least some concern he won't be 100% ready for Opening Day, but even five months of the Yankees captain is worth more than six months of most players at the position. At his age and with the ankle issue, Jeter is riskier than ever though. (Mike Axisa)
The Quick Opinion:
Jeter has been hitting like the prime years version of himself since a mechanical fix in June 2011, though he is coming off offseason ankle surgery. He might be slowed at the start of 2013 and given his age, there is always concern about an imminent decline.
After 17 straight seasons of at least 119 games played, Derek Jeter was limited to just 17 games in 2013 because of a persistent ankle injury which he originally sustained in the 2012 playoffs. Now 39, Jeter is unlikely to return from his missed season to his previous elite form. In particular, his stolen base totals -- already in a three-year decline from 30 in 2009 to just nine in 2012 -- may never again reach double digits. However, Jeter has always been a multi-category contributor. As a shortstop, even a season that only approaches double digits in homers and steals can be useful when paired with a .300 average and 100 runs scored, and the retooled Yankee offense should make the latter possible if the former keeps him at the top of the lineup. The best case for Jeter is the lack of contingency plans, and given his stature, a healthy Jeter should continue to play even if he struggles. The upside is limited, but Jeter still deserves consideration as a low-end middle infield option. (Scott Spratt)
The Quick Opinion:
Coming off an ankle injury, Jeter will be a health risk with limited speed potential. However, his contact skills and supporting lineup make him a low-end middle infield option.
El Capitan, Captain Clutch, heck, the 21st century’s Pride of the Yankees … whatever you want to call Jeter, it’s your right — just make sure also to refer to him as one of the game’s all-time great shortstops whose retirement after the 2014 season, not surprisingly, was marked by dignity and grace. Sure, his defense has been
over the years, and there are those who believe he was
, but there’s no getting around numbers like 3,465 hits, by far the most in the Yankees’ storied history, the career .310 average or the 73.5 wins above replacement. Fantasy-wise, he performed at a superior level for nearly two decades despite playing in an era marked by unusually high production at shortstop; from 1996 through 2011, he averaged 21 steals, 110 runs and 15 home runs a season. Most of all, however, Jeter has long been synonymous with Yankee excellence; he was a key member of five World Series-winning teams, and gained a reputation early in his career for coming through when it mattered most, achieving an .838 on-base plus slugging percentage over 158 postseason games. In his final season at age 39, Jeter’s production slipped — he finished 18th among shortstops in Zach Sanders’ end of season fantasy rankings — but he was still capable of the occasional moment of Jeterian magic; his heroics in the final home game of his career provided a fitting farewell for a man who, by the time he retired, had justly become the face of baseball. (
Karl de Vries
The Quick Opinion:
Fare thee well, El Capitan.
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