The Yankees pinch hit 97 times last season, and our own pinch hitter Jesse made a good call in naming Jorge Posada his pinch hitter of choice. Posada had 14 of those pinch hit appearances and went 4-for-11 with two walks, two home runs and a sac fly. He had a .909 slugging percentage in those situations.
A lot of that success is because Posada’s a good, veteran hitter, but I think there’s something to be said for the fact Posada came off the bench early in his career. As a catcher, he gets more days off than most lineup regulars, and he played behind Joe Girardi when he was young. Posada’s been thrown into pinch hit situations much more often than the other Yankees (including long-time National Leaguer Nick Johnson).
By the way, the Yankees pinch hitters as a whole last season: 18-for-76 (.237) with three home runs, 16 walks and 23 strikeouts. Hideki Matsui had eight of the hits, including a home. Brett Gardner was 2-for-6, the only other Yankee with more than one pinch hit last season. The only other Yankees with at least one base hit as a pinch hitter were Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher, Eric Hinske and Juan Miranda.
Career major league pinch hit numbers
Jorge Posada: 27-for-114 (.237) with four HR, 20 BB and 40 Ks
Robinson Cano: 6-for-14 (.500) with two HR, 0 BB and 2 Ks
Curtis Granderson: 5-for-18 (.278) with 0 HR, 1 BB, 5 Ks
Nick Johnson: 5-for-23 (.217) with 0 HR, 5 BB, 3 Ks
Nick Swisher: 2-for-15 (.133) with 0 HR, 2 BB, 4 Ks
Brett Gardner: 2-for-7 (.286) with 0 HR, 0 BB, 1 K
Jamie Hoffmann: 1-for-9 (.111) with 0 HR, 0 BB, 0 Ks
Juan Miranda: 1-for-1 (1.000) with 0 HR, 0 BB, 0 Ks
Francisco Cervelli: 0-for-1
Ramiro Pena: 0-for-3
Derek Jeter: 0-for-4
Mark Teixeira: 0-for-4
Alex Rodriguez: 0-for-9