5 New York Yankees Who Need To Have Bounce-Back Years
5 New York Yankees That Need To have Bounce Back Seasons In 2014
The Yankees have had an offseason filled with new acquisitions and re-signings. On paper, they have a stacked roster built with a lot of veteran talent and guys with years of winning experience. There are five integral players on the team who are looking for major bounce-back seasons.
5. Mark Teixeira
Mark Teixeira, a perennial slow starter offensively, is looking to bounce back from an injury-plagued season last year. Teixeira could not overcome a wrist injury and he watched most of last season from the dugout.
Teixeira will be called upon to produce in this upcoming season. Losing Cano means the Yankees will rely on Mark to produce even more and drive in a ton of runs. There should be plenty of runs to drive in with all the table setters that will be hitting in front of him this season. His ability to play first base is also a major plus for the team, and the Yankees look forward to getting a healthy Teixeira this year.
4. Brian Roberts
Brian Roberts was once a tremendous leadoff hitter with amazing speed. This was a long time ago and since then, Roberts has suffered a series of injuries including multiple concussions that held him off the field for a few years. Roberts finally returned last season and looked like a pesky veteran hitter with good speed who can still make all the plays.
Roberts is out to prove that he’s still got some ability left in the tank, and that he can stay healthy for a full season. If anyone needs a bounce-back season, it’s Brian Roberts. Hopefully this fresh start with the Yankees will be a positive one for him.
3. Derek Jeter
Derek Jeter spent more time driving around his Ford Edge with his panoramic vista roof than he did on the field last year. After suffering an ankle injury in Game 1 against the Tigers in the ALCS in 2012, Jeter struggled to get back on the field for the Yankees' last season. When he finally did return, it was apparent that he came back too soon and he had to head right back to the DL. Jeter would hit the DL twice last season, and play in only a total of 17 games before nagging injuries ultimately ended his season.
Jeter had one of his best seasons ever in 2012. He led the league in hits and finished the year with a 316 batting average as a 38 year old. Jeter, who will turn 40 this season is out to prove he's still got what it takes to play shortstop at a high level in the Major Leagues. If Jeter can stay healthy, I see no reason why he wouldn’t continue to be a productive player. He has an excellent baseball IQ, tremendous leadership qualities, and a patented inside-out swing. The Captain will look to bounce back and win another title before he calls it quits.
2. Francisco Cervelli
Francisco Cervelli’s 2013 season could be described in three stages. The good, the bad and the ugly. The good was his play; Cervelli was hot to start the season and was making fans quickly forget the departed Russel Martin. Then Cervelli suffered an injury to his elbow that incurred multiple setbacks. And then, Cervelli would be suspended for 50 games for his role in Biogenesis. Cervelli is possible proof that steroids don’t always work!
So after starting the season as the No. 1 catcher, Cervelli suffered big blows to his body and then to his reputation. This year, Cervelli needs to make amends for his faults and have a big season. The only way that Yankee fans will forgive and forget your past errors is to produce.
1. Michael Pineda
Lastly, Michael Pineda. Pineda made the All-Star game as a rookie in 2012 with the Mariners, and was then traded to the Yankees the next season for highly touted youngster Jesus Montero. Pineda has yet to throw an inning for the big league squad, and everyone in the organization, as well as the fans, are impatiently awaiting his arrival.
Pineda has ace stuff with a plus fastball in the high 90’s, and a filthy slider that leaves batters baffled at the plate. The 6-foot-7 Pineda is a physically imposing talent that when healthy has shown he has tremendous potential. Pineda needs a bounce-back year to show the organization that he was worth the high price they paid for him, and to show the fans that they have a future ace of their pitching staff.