Tuesday, November 6, 2012
2012 In Review - Nick Swisher
Getting Nick Swisher has been one of Brian Cashman’s best moves. Swisher provided the Yankees with four strong regular seasons at a below market rate while costing the Yankees nothing they’ve really missed. Swisher’s 2012 was probably the second best season of his Yankee career. Here’s how it compared to his projections.
|2012 League Avg||624||561||73||143||28||3||18||70||11||4||50||120||13||5||.255||.320||.411||.311||72||75|
The second set of projections, league average and 2011 stats are pro-rated to 2012 PA to allow a direct comparison. League average is not adjusted for DNYS so mentally account for that.
Swisher was able to get a few more hits to fall in this year than projected, mostly doubles and that helped him outhit his average projection slightly. He was worth 3-4 runs more than projected. His versatility on defense was also important to the Yankees as he was asked to play 1B frequently with Mark Teixeira out and did it well (around +5 in 259 innings).
Unfortunately, Swisher’s postseasons for the Yankees have not been nearly as productive as his regular seasons. I don’t know if it means he doesn’t handle pressure well or if he’s more susceptible to the better pitching he sees in the postseason or if it’s just a sample size issue. But I know I hated watching it and I am certain it is the reason Swisher won’t be a Yankee in 2013. The Yankees have made him a qualifying offer so that they can get a draft pick if he signs elsewhere, so there’s a minuscule chance he’ll be back next year. But the only way that comes to pass is if he can’t get a contract for more than one year at a higher rate than the qualifying offer ($13.3M) and I just don’t see that happening.
Regardless, it’s been mostly great to have Swisher on the Yankees and I wish him well wherever he goes.
Since we’re fully in offseason mode and no one seems to care about 2012 anymore I’m not sure If I’ll do individual reviews for the pitching staff. I may just do a post on the starters and a post on the relievers and then a team wrap up.
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