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Four years of Swisher: Where he ranked among Yankees run producers

Posted By Chad Jennings On January 4, 2013 @ 7:45 pm In Misc | 59 Comments

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Nick Swisher officially joined the Indians yesterday, officially ending his four-year run with the Yankees. During his time in the Bronx, Swisher was one of the Yankees five primary run producers. Hideki Matsui, Jorge Posada and Raul Ibanez were middle-of-the-order bats at various points during Swisher’s tenure, but for the most part, Swisher was in the middle with Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson.

How did Swisher compare to the other four? Somewhere in the middle generally. He got on base better than the rest, but also struck out more than most. It surprised me to see just how similar the ’09-’12 slash lines are for Swisher (.268/.367/.483) and Rodriguez (.276/.364/.483). Of course, the difference comes in the way their production is trending.

These are the stats from 2009 through 2012 (Granderson’s include his final year with Detroit). I including each player’s range of OPS+ to try to account for consistency during this time. It’s interesting that Swisher’s best year wasn’t nearly as good as the other guys’ peaks, but his worst year was better than everyone’s but Cano.

[3]GAMES
Robinson Cano — 641
Curtis Granderson — 612
Nick Swisher — 598
Mark Teixeira — 593
Alex Rodriguez — 482

HOME RUNS
Curtis Granderson — 138
Mark Teixeira — 135
Robinson Cano — 115
Nick Swisher — 105
Alex Rodriguez — 94

RBI
Mark Teixeira — 425
Robinson Cano — 406
Curtis Granderson — 363
Nick Swisher — 349
Alex Rodriguez — 344

BATTING AVERAGE
Robinson Cano — .314
Alex Rodriguez — .276
Nick Swisher — .268
Mark Teixeira — .263
Curtis Granderson — .247

ON-BASE PERCENTAGE
Nick Swisher — .367
Robinson Cano — .365
Alex Rodriguez — .364
Mark Teixeira — .357
Curtis Granderson — .334

SLUGGING PERCENTAGE
Robinson Cano — .534
Mark Teixeira — .506
Curtis Granderson — .492
Alex Rodriguez — .483
Nick Swisher — .483

STRIKEOUTS
Curtis Granderson — 621
Nick Swisher — 531
Mark Teixeira — 429
Alex Rodriguez — 391
Robinson Cano — 332

OPS
Robinson Cano — .899
Mark Teixeira — .863
Nick Swisher — .850
Alex Rodriguez — .848
Curtis Granderson — .826

OPS+ range (highest and lowest of these four seasons)
Robinson Cano — 149 to 121
Curtis Granderson — 142 to 102
Mark Teixeira — 141 to 116
Alex Rodriguez — 138 to 112
Nick Swisher — 129 to 120

We could look at the OPS+ range a different way…

During these four seasons, how many times did each player have an OPS+ of 122 or higher?
Cano (3), Swisher (3), Teixiera (2), Rodriguez (2), Granderson (1)

How many times did each player have an OPS+ of 125 or higher?
Cano (3), Swisher (2), Teixeira (1), Rodriguez (1), Granderson (1)

Those are totally arbitrary numbers pulled strictly to make a point, but I think the point matters. The Yankees absolutely have hitters who can be and have been more productive than Swisher, but in the regular season, Swisher was reliable and durable and that might be the thing the Yankees miss the most in his absence.

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