New York Yankees: 2019 letter grades for each player

BRONX, NY - OCTOBER 15: Members of the New York Yankees stand for the national anthem prior to Game 3 of the ALCS between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
BRONX, NY - OCTOBER 15: Members of the New York Yankees stand for the national anthem prior to Game 3 of the ALCS between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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New York Yankees Infielders, Continued

Luke Voit (1.7 fWAR) followed up his breakout 2018 season with a slightly reduced 2019 season. In all, Voit’s greatest strength continues to be his patience at the plate and power production. This season, in 118 G, Voit hit 21 HR and had a .378 OBP.

Defensively, however, Voit was notably worse. According to FanGraphs, Voit’s defensive rating is 10 points less than it was last year; His Defensive Runs Saved are virtually identical and his UZR dropped from -0.8 to -3.9.

FINAL LETTER GRADE FOR 2019: C-


Having missed about half of the season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery, when Didi Gregorius (0.9 fWAR)  returned, he wasn’t quite the same.

Offensively, Didi had the worst statistical season as a member of the New York Yankees. His .238 AVG, .276 OBP, and .441 SLG all fall short of his average as a Yankee.

What’s more, defensively, Didi had a bit of a dropoff as well. While still a plus defender, according to FanGraphs, his defensive rating dropped from 9.8 to 3.6, he saved four fewer runs, and his UZR dropped from 3.9 to 0.2.

As he enters free agency, many wonder if he will return to New York next season. Personally, I sure hope so.

FINAL LETTER GRADE FOR 2019: D