Stephen Drew, Red Sox: Stephen Drew, soon to be back in the lineup, is the next player to star in the latest episode of As the Red Sox Shortstops Turn. Jose Iglesias started the season and will also get his share of starts, especially if he bat gets hot. Drew, two years removed from an ankle fracture, started the season on the DL while recovering from a concussion sustained when he was hit by a pitch during a Grapefruit League game. Iglesias, who batted .118 in a stint with the major league club last season is expected to need more time to develop along with 20-year-old shortstop of the future Xander Bogaerts, who will play in the minors for at least one more season. Drew, who will be 30 in March, hit .223/.309/.348 in 2012 and was limited to 79 games with ongoing ankle issues.
Derek Jeter, Yankees: The Yankees captain started the season on the DL after breaking his left ankle in Game 1 of the ALCS on Oct. 13. The 38-year-old Yankee legend had a monster year in 2012, leading the majors with 216 hits to go along with a .316/.362/.429 line with 15 homers and 99 runs scored. He should be a force atop the Yankees lineup again, but it would be a stretch to expect him to repeat his 2012 performance. With Jeter coming on the DL, the athletic Eduardo Nunez started the season at short and will see the bulk of the time there until the future Hall of Famer returns.
The edge: Yankees. The Captain still has punch, as he showed last year, while the light-hitting Drew hasn’t played a full season since 2011.