pull hitter with good wrists, gets out ahead of ball; will be doubly dangerous
in Yankee Stadium. Death on high inside fast balls; keep pitches low and away
or make him hit to center with high fast ball outside. Left-handers can curve
him. Good hunter, hustles very hard.
of size, reacts slowly to hard-hit balls to either side; otherwise
above-average third baseman who charges ball well, has strong arm.
Won't steal but has good speed, one of best base runners on club.
1 DEL CRANDALL
C, Bats R, .250, 14 HR, 43 RBI
Low-average hitter but dangerous in the clutch; has determination and good
power. Stay away from low inside fast ball; he can pull sharply and will put it
into stands. Curve him low and outside, use high tight fast ball to set him up.
Keep change-up on outside corner. Can't bunt.
superior receiver who studies the hitters, has very good arm, never stops
hustling. Despite lack of speed, reacts very fast behind plate, handles bunts,
backs up the play.
Slow, won't steal.
SS, Bats R. .280, 10 HR, 47 RBI
competitor, can be dangerous in clutch. Only fair power but is good hit-and-run
man, good on sacrifice bunt, hard to fool, gets on base a lot. Primarily a
fast-ball hitter; likes pitch inside. Feed him curves, changeup, keep ball on
major weaknesses are lack of range and inability to throw runner out from hole.
Otherwise steady, has quick hands and accurate arm, plays hitters well, gets
ball away fast on double play.