Derek Jeter has usually hit first or second for the New York Yankees. He’s perfect for those spots, complete with speed, power to the opposite field and a Hall-of-Fame contact stroke. But what the Yankees need right now is not a leadoff man or a two-hole hitter. They need a middle of the order guy. Luckily, Jeter can do that too.
He might not have the kind of power of a traditional number three hitter, but the captain would be better used there than any higher in the lineup, at least right now. The Yankees already have Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki in the one and two sports respectively. Both of these guys are hitting very well as of late — Gardner has a .340 batting average this month, and Ichiro is hitting .303 over the same stretch. New York can’t afford to move either of these guys down, especially because their offensive output has been so pitiful. Therefore, they should insert Jeter into the third spot, extending the order and allowing for a more consistent middle of the order. Imagine Jeter hitting third, Robinson Cano hitting fourth, and Alex Rodriguez hitting fifth. Certainly a potent combination.
Wherever he hits in the lineup, Derek Jeter will have an immediate impact. The Yankees organization, the fans and Jeter himself cannot wait for his return.