One Quarter of the Season of Yankee Hitting in Two Charts

It feels like the season just started yesterday, but we’ve played 25% of the 2014 season so far. It’s a good time to measure the Yankee hitters against the rest of the American League. How are they doing?

First, the hitters:

The Yankees have done a good job of limiting the damage at their weak positions (2b, SS) and pulling ahead at their best positions (1b, 3b, OF). The one exception being at catcher, which has somehow become the 3rd best-hitting position in the AL (behind 1b and DH), despite downright horrible production by Brian McCann.

WAR is a difficult stat to use through 1 quarter of the season due to small sample sizes on defense, so take this next chart with some skepticism. Yankee hitters by WAR and playing time so far:

Can you see Carlos Beltran‘s WAR? Nope, because he is sitting at -0.1. The Yankees could definitely use the real Carlos back in the lineup, but the one they’ve seen so far is just not worth the poor defense.

The best news here is definitely comparing Kelly Johnson and Mark Teixeira‘s playing time with their overall value. With Beltran out and Teix now healthy, their share will grow.

E.J. Fagan been blogging about Yankee baseball since 2006. He is a Ph.D. student at University of Texas at Austin.