Description: This article is mainly focusing on Chase Headley who was a complete player in 2017, switching to first base in July and remaining one of the most consistent hitters in the lineup.
Over his first 93 contests through the dog days, Headley’s bat remained a big factor in the team’s pennant chase. During the season long 14 game,he hit streak from August 31st September 16th. He batted 364 with 3 bombs and nine runs batted in.
It was his eighth career double digit hitting streak and the second longest of his career driven deep to right field. Kentley finished the 2017 regular season with 30 doubles tops on the team.
From 2013 to 2017, he also scored 77 times. It is good for fourth on the roster and it is not bad for a team that finished with the second-most runs in the majors when the postseason began.
As the team’s primary designated hitter in the championship series, Headley was ready to swing his hot bat when it mattered most. Headley batted 389 in 18 plate appearances Chase and has one more season left on his four-year contract.
A wave of young infield talent are still waiting to make their presence known in the Bronx. He’ll
play a vital role in 2018 not only with his abilities on the field, but also as a mentor for the next generation.
What names come to mind when you think about the best Yankees hitters of this past season. Judge Gregorius Castro Sanchez, they’re all good answers. Another player quietly and unselfishly put together one of the most consistent campaigns of 2017 chase.
Headley in his third full year in pinstripes heavily pieced together one of the best seasons of his 11-year career, finishing with a 273 average in 147 games chase.
Headley began a funk batting 150 with zero extra-base hits in 2016 April and in 2017 he rolled around. A hot start was priority number one and he didn’t disappoint anyone, hitting 301 with 17 runs, seven doubles, three home runs in RBIs, 14 walks in the season’s first month and even added four stolen bases.
For good measures, he reached safely in 20 of his first 23 games. Positive trends began early as he collected multiple hits in each of his first three games of the season.
In his career, he padded 396 through the team’s first 15 contests. They had a bullet line drive and the lower seats in right is deadly. Headley cooled off in May but the slump was short-lived. Once June rolled around, he was back on track. Headley reached base safely.
In a season long 17 straight games from June 4th to the 26th, banning 375 with a 479 on-base percentage over that stretch during a 40 game span. From mid June to the end of July, he hit 341 with 22 runs, 12 doubles and 17 RBIs. He hit 333 in July his highest batting average in any full month since July of 2015.
Headly is the third baseman who has moved across the diamond to the first base on July 20th. Following the acquisition of Todd Frazier and the continued health issues of Greg Bird during the
Transition, he maintained for the team mentality.
Although defense at third was solid, all season long he shined at his brand new position in 45 games. At first base, Headley committed just one error in 305 total chances. More importantly, his offensive production didn’t suffer a bit after the switch from July 20th through the end of the regular season.
Headley batted just under 300. In 62 games, he also added power. As the season progressed, crushing 8 home runs over his final 54 games after hitting just four.