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Rating the Yankee hitters

The Yankees had a team batting average of .267 this season. That ranked eighth in the majors. A look at some of the key hitters

Robinson Cano (.319, 29 homers, 109 RBIs): A+.  A breakout season for the most valuable Yankee who will get support as the league’s MVP.

Alex Rodriguez (.270, 30, 125): A. Despite a stint on the disabled list, A-Rod put together strong power numbers down the stretch and could be poised for a big postseason.

Derek Jeter (.270, 10, 67): C.  Not a Jeterian season by any means. Needed late season streak to rise from .260s. Still deserves three or four more years in his new contract.

Nick Swisher (.288, 29, 89): A. All-Star season for player who worked hard to raise his average.

Mark Teixeira (.256, 33, 108):  B+.  His lows are hard to take, but you know his highs will eventually surface.

Jorge Posada (.248, 18, 57): B-.  Advancing age is most cruel for catchers. Some bright moments, but not enough. One more and done for his Yankee career.

Curtis Granderson (.247, 24, 67): B. Late season swing adjustment improved HR total. Needs to hit for higher average, which will enable him to steal more bases. .

Brett Gardner (.277, 5, 47): C. Jury still out on his ability to be everyday player. Speed alone should make him to be .300 hitter. Not a good eye for pitches.  

Marcus Thames (.288, 12, 33): B+.  Reliable DH, especially against lefties. Could be factor in postseason.

Francisco Cervelli (.271, 0, 38): C. Backup catchers need to be good on defense, he isn’t. And his lack of power is astounding.

Lance Berkman (.255, 1, 9): D.  Did not fill the hole created by Nick Johnson’s injury, Power is gone and he will be, too, when Yanks do not exercise option for next season.
 

steven.marcus@newsday.com

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