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Healthy Jeter ready to make most of final season

Yankees captain eager to put injury-plagued 2013 campaign behind him
03/13/2014 11:34 AM ET
By Doug Williams

Background: Derek Jeter is the future Hall-of-Fame shortstop and captain for the New York Yankees. Jeter is entering his 20th year in the big leagues, all of which have been with the Yankees. He has 3,316 career hits, is a .312 career hitter, and is a 13-time All Star and 5-time Gold Glove Award winner. Jeter was drafted in the first round by the Yankees out of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

2013 Season: Jeter consistently described his 2013 as a "nightmare." He missed the beginning of the season because of continuing rehab from a broken ankle he had suffered in October of 2012. But as Jeter kept trying to come back, muscle injuries continued to hamper his progress. He ended up playing only 17 games and hitting .190.

Greatest Strength: Well, where do you even begin? Jeter is arguably the best shortstop to ever play the game. But at 39-years-old, Jeter has slowed down a bit and nobody really knows what they're going to get out of Jeter in 2014. At this point in his career, Jeter's best attribute is his leadership. No matter how he plays, if Jeter is on the field his presence is felt. He is, after all, the captain.

Greatest Weakness: Will Jeter stay healthy? He may be slumping this spring so far, but he does look as if he's running free and easy. Last season, however, was such a frustrating one for Jeter whose age really crept up on him.

Prediction: Watching Jeter play in Tampa has at least allowed the public to see that he's healthy and not running with a limp anymore. With that said, Joe Girardi will most likely manage him cautiously to make sure to keep it that way. Because he's one of the best to ever play the game, the smart prediction is a solid season from Jeter. Less stolen bases and less games at shortstop, but he'll most likely hit over .290 and have over 170 hits.  

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