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A-Rod projected to hit 12 homers this season

Would you be happy with 12 homers from Alex Rodriguez this season?

Would you be happy with 12 homers from Alex Rodriguez this season?

It’s that time again: MLB.com’s 2015 Fantasy Projections are ready for the season, and they provide a fun flash-forward for what might be on the back of next year’s baseball cards.

There are no guarantees, of course, but here’s what the number-crunchers are seeing in their crystal balls for the Yankees’ key players. My eyes were immediately drawn to the stat line for Alex Rodriguez, where they’ve given him 12 homers. That’d account for the six necessary to catch Willie Mays (660) and then some, but it falls well below the over-under line of 19 1/2 for A-Rod homers that has been floating around on social media.

I think you’d probably take these lines for McCann, Ellsbury and Beltran in their respective second seasons wearing pinstripes. You definitely accept that kind of year from Drew; it’s a lot closer to where he was in 2013 with Boston. They’ve apparently put Adam Warren back in the bullpen and the Yankees are giving random starts to an awful lot of starting pitchers (but such is life in the Bronx).

I think Masahiro Tanaka’s numbers of 14-10 and a 3.02 ERA might be a bit conservative assuming a full season of health. And poor Brendan Ryan can’t crack the Mendoza line even in a preseason simulation. But don’t take my word for it, look for yourself:

C: Brian McCann, .251, 66 R, 25 HR, 78 RBI, 1 SB
1B: Mark Teixeira, .227, 60 R, 22 HR, 66 RBI, 1 SB
2B: Stephen Drew, .240, 50 R, 10 HR, 50 RBI, 2 SB
3B: Chase Headley, .269, 74 R, 19 HR, 71 RBI, 10 SB
SS: Didi Gregorius, .247, 54 R, 11 HR, 48 RBI, 5 SB
LF: Brett Gardner, .266, 86 R, 13 HR, 57 RBI, 21 SB
CF: Jacoby Ellsbury, .281, 84 R, 15 HR, 70 RBI, 37 SB
RF: Carlos Beltran, .268, 65 R, 22 HR, 70 RBI, 3 SB
DH: Alex Rodriguez, .251, 47 R, 12 HR, 51 RBI, 1 SB

OF: Chris Young, .232, 34 R, 11 HR, 33 RBI, 9 SB
1B: Garrett Jones, .256, 38 R, 12 HR, 43 RBI, 1 SB
2B: Rob Refsnyder, .247, 24 R, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 2 SB
SS: Brendan Ryan, .193, 11 R, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 2 SB

SP: Masahiro Tanaka, 14-10, 3.02 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 170 K
SP: Michael Pineda, 10-9, 3.38 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 144 K
SP: CC Sabathia, 10-11, 4.08 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 145 K
SP: Nathan Eovaldi, 11-11, 3.92 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 150 K
SP: Ivan Nova, 6-7, 4.00 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 85 K
SP: Chris Capuano, 6-8, 4.17 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 89 K
SP: Chase Whitley, 2-3, 3.95 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 57 K
SP: Scott Baker, 4-5, 4.80 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 50 K

RP: Dellin Betances, 25 SV, 2.13 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 104 K
RP: Andrew Miller, 15 SV, 2.49 ERA, 0.95 ERA, 90 K
RP: David Carpenter, 0 SV, 3.48 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 64 K
RP: Adam Warren, 0 SV, 3.41 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 89 K

Agree? Disagree? Hit the box below with your commentary.

Spring Game 32: Yankees vs. Marlins

It’s the last day of camp, which always feels a little bit like the last day of school for me… of course, now we’ve got 162 more to go, so it really shouldn’t. But it’ll be exciting to start seeing some games that count in the standings.

The Yankees reported to George M. Steinbrenner Field this morning dressed for the charter flight to Houston — at least, those whom have been told that they have seats on the plane. There is still no decision on the 25th man, with Eduardo Nunez and Yangervis Solarte caught in limbo. It’s very possible that the Yankees are working on a last-minute transaction to wrap things up.

While we wait, Ivan Nova has the ball for his sixth start of the spring. Nova is tuning up for the third start of the season on April 3 in Houston. After today’s game, the Yankees will fly to Houston and will take the day off Sunday before holding a scheduled workout on Monday at Minute Maid Park.

We’ve got some weather concerns in the Tampa area that could impact today’s game. The YES Network and WFAN are both broadcasting today’s action. Here is the last lineup of the spring:

MARLINS (18-12-2)

Christian Yelich DH
Adeiny Hechavarria SS
Giancarlo Stanton RF
Garrett Jones 1B
Marcell Ozuna CF
Derek Dietrich DH
Casey McGehee 3B
Reed Johnson LF
Jeff Mathis C

Tom Koehler RHP

YANKEES (17-12-2)

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alfonso Soriano RF
Brett Gardner LF
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 3B

Ivan Nova RHP

Spring Game 31: Yankees vs. Marlins

The end of camp is near. The clubhouse is a mess of half-filled boxes, and there are 35 players remaining in camp — only 25 of whom will be invited to begin the season with the big league club. Joe Girardi and his staff plan to announce those decisions today, and we should have news to pass along in the next few hours.

For now, here are the lineups for tonight’s 7:05 p.m. ET game. Hiroki Kuroda and Masahiro Tanaka are both scheduled to pitch for the Yankees tonight, as are Shane Greene and Cesar Cabral. There is no Yankees TV or radio coverage for this game.

MARLINS (18-11-2)Christian Yelich LF
Jeff Baker 2B
Giancarlo Stanton RF
Garrett Jones 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Derek Dietrich DH
Casey McGehee 3B
Marcell Ozuna CF
Donovan Solano SS

Kevin Slowey RHP

YANKEES (16-12-2)Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano DH
Kelly Johnson 3B
Brian Roberts 2B
Ichiro Suzuki CF

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

MLB.com takes a crack at projecting the Yankees’ 2014 stats

MLB.com is predicting a solid farewell campaign for Yankees captain Derek Jeter.

MLB.com is predicting a solid farewell campaign for Yankees captain Derek Jeter (.290 BA, 10 HR, 59 RBIs).

MLB.com’s 2014 Fantasy Projections are ready for the season, and they provide a fun flash-forward for what might be on the back of next year’s baseball cards.

There are no guarantees, of course — they had Derek Jeter logging 563 at-bats last year while hitting .297, and we know that didn’t happen — but here’s what the number-crunchers are seeing in their crystal balls for the Yankees’ key players.

I think that Jeter would sign on the dotted line right now if you guaranteed that this is how his final Major League season would play out.

I’ll be bookmarking this blog post to come back later in the year and check how things are shaping up.

C Brian McCann: .271, 68 R, 26 HR, 88 RBI, 2 SB
1B Mark Teixeira: .249, 81 R, 26 HR, 94 RBI, 1 SB
2B Brian Roberts: .253, 35 R, 6 HR, 40 RBI, 3 SB
SS Derek Jeter: .290, 68 R, 10 HR, 59 RBI, 4 SB
3B Kelly Johnson: .244, 69 R, 20 HR, 70 RBI, 12 SB
LF Brett Gardner: .264, 83 R, 7 HR, 48 RBI, 32 SB
CF Jacoby Ellsbury: .293, 94 R, 14 HR, 64 RBI, 42 SB
RF Carlos Beltran: .277, 72 R, 29 HR, 87 RBI, 3 SB
DH Alfonso Soriano: .250, 71 R, 26 HR, 89 RBI, 8 SB

C Francisco Cervelli: .267, 21 R, 3 HR, 23 RBI, 1 SB
C Austin Romine: .200, 3 R, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB
IF Eduardo Nunez: .256, 33 R, 3 HR, 30 RBI, 12 SB
IF Brendan Ryan: .240, 22 R, 6 HR, 25 RBI, 1 SB
IF Scott Sizemore: .240, 18 R, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 1 SB
OF Ichiro Suzuki: .268, 34 R, 4 HR, 25 RBI, 11 SB
OF Zoilo Almonte: .254, 6 R, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 1 SB

LHP CC Sabathia: 15-11, 3.98 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 177 K
RHP Hiroki Kuroda: 14-11, 3.59 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 144 K
RHP Ivan Nova: 13-9, 3.86 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 147 K
RHP Masahiro Tanaka: 15-10, 3.55 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 184 K
RHP Michael Pineda: 9-8, 4.31 ERA, 1.29 ERA, 147 K
RHP David Phelps: 7-7, 4.23 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 96 K

RHP David Robertson: 38 SV, 2.63 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 74 K
LHP Matt Thornton: 0 SV, 3.75 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 53 K

Agree? Disagree? Hit the box below with your commentary.

Spring Game 13: Yankees vs. Rays

We’re finally back here at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa following yesterday’s journey up Interstate 4 to Kissimmee — a trip that’s supposed to take about 80 minutes one-way, but wound up taking about twice that last night… a few wrecks, a concert in the area, pretty much everything short of a zombie apocalypse. But hey, you didn’t come here to talk about Florida traffic, did you?

The Rays come to town this afternoon for a 1:05 p.m. ET contest that you can watch on YES and will be broadcast on WFAN. David Phelps gets the starting call for the Yankees and Chris Archer is on the hill for Tampa Bay.

Here are the lineups:

RAYS (5-2)
Desmond Jennings CF
Matt Joyce LF
Wil Myers RF
James Loney 1B
Sean Rodriguez 3B
Cole Figueroa 2B
Ryan Hanigan C
Jose Molina DH
Jayson Nix SS

Chris Archer RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Jeff Beliveau, Josh Lueke, Adam Liberatore, Braulio Lara.

YANKEES (7-4)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano LF
Kelly Johnson 1B
Brian Roberts 2B
Ichiro Suzuki DH
Yangervis Solarte 3B

David Phelps RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Dellin Betances, Bruce Billings.

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