texxbigeyes With Pitchers and Catchers reporting for spring training in just a couple of weeks and the rest of the team shortly there after. It’s time to preview the players on the 40 man roster. Ill give you their chance of making 25 man roster, something good about them, something bad  about them and something to expect in 2010. Without any further delay lets get started.

Catchers:

Jorge Posada – has a  100% chance of  making the 25 man roster. Something good: Posada is an offensive force and one of the better power hitting catchers in the game. Posada is a savvy veteran who knows the hitters better than any other catcher in the league.. Something Bad: Posada isn’t known as having the strongest arm ,and teams will test it. Don’t get me wrong he’s not horrible ,but he has lost a step or two in the past few years. Look for Posada to spend more time as a DH than he has in the last few years.  Barring injury I’m projecting Jorge to start around 100 games. At 38 years old we shouldn’t expect much more.  Projection :BA .280 HR 17 RBI 69

Francisco Cervelli –  Has a 90 % chance of making the 25 man roster. Something good: Cervelli calls a good game and at only 23 years old has earned a ton of  respect. He runs very well for a catcher  makes  good contact at the plate.  In 43 games last year he batted .298. If he can repeat that production the bombers will be ecstatic. Something Bad: With only 45 games in his professional career he is largely untested. Cervelli  will be put to the test this season to see if he is the real deal or if last season was a fluke. Look for: The Yankees to test Cervelli early to see if at 23 he is ready to fill the shoes of Jose Molina who was without a doubt one of the best back up catchers of recent years. When you look back to the Will Neives and Sal Fasanos of the past, Cervelli will be a huge upgrade.  Projection: BA .270  HR 2 RBI 23

 First Base:

Mark Teixeira – Has a 100 % chance of making the 25 man roster. Something good: There are infinite  things to list in this category. Besides the fact that he is one of the best hitters in the game ,I like the huge upgrade he offers in the field. Mark  fields  his position better than any other in the league . This makes everyone else in the infield a little better because of the throwing errors he saves. I believe one of the reasons Jeter had such an outstanding year in the field in 2009 was that he knew that someone was going to catch his patented leap throw if it was a little off. . Something Bad: Its hard to come up with something bad but forced to put something in this category it would have to be his strikeout ratio. In 2009 in 529 AB’s  and struck out 120 times. Not the worst in baseball, but had to come up with something. Look for: Mark to have even a better year than last year.  Upgrades the bombers have made in the offseason will offer more RBI opportunities for Teixeira, that he will certainly not waste. Mark got off to a slow start last year do to Alex Rodriguez missing the first 30 games. Having Arod batting behind him prevents pitchers from pitching around him. Projection: BA .320 HR 42 RBI 129

Nick Johnson-  has a 100% chance of making the 25 man roster. Something good: Nick hits for average and has a career .402 OBP. That is just almost to good to believe. Nick is projected to see most of his time as DH and should bat second providing plenty of RBI opportunities for Tex and A-Rod. Something Bad: Nick is made of glass. That’s to say that his career has been riddled with injuries . Although healthy last season it seems Nick spends an extraordinary amount of time on the DL. Look For: Nick to be the backup first baseman behind Tex but.don’t look for him to play more than 20 games their. The DH will be his primary home and I think the lack of time in the field will help keep him healthy.  Projection: BA .289  HR 10 RBI 80

Juan Miranda- has 30% chance of making the 25 man roster. Something good:Miranda hit .290/.369/.498 with 19 home runs and 82 RBI last  season in 122 games with Scranton.Something Bad: He’s not very versatile, and will struggle for playing time at first base behind Mark Teixeira and Nick Johnson. Look for : Miranda to start in Scranton but could see MLB time if Nick Johnson becomes injured. Which isn’t out of the realm of possibilities. Projection: BA .290 30HR 80 RBI (in Scranton)

In order to save this from becoming the longest post in the history of blogging, I’m going to stop right here for now. Next up we will look at second base, short and third base. Then we will evaluate the complicated outfield situation before looking at the 2010 pitching staff.

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