Name: Mark Teixeira
Position: First Base
Mark Charles Teixeira born April 11, 1980, in Annapolis, Maryland) is an American Major League Baseball player for the New York Yankees. Mostly a first baseman, he has also played third base and in the outfield. He played college baseball at Georgia Tech, where in 2001 he won the Dick Howser Trophy as the national collegiate baseball player of the year.
Teixeira was drafted in 2001 by the Texas Rangers, and made his MLB debut for them in 2003. In mid-2007 he was traded to the Atlanta Braves, and traded again in mid-2008 to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In December 2008, he agreed to a contract with the New York Yankees. Teixeira has thrice won the Gold Glove Award and thrice won the Silver Slugger Award.
Teixeira is a guy that will be overlooked early, but not that early. Playing for the Yankees has it’s benefits in that, you know a power hitter like Teixeira will have a ton of opportunities to drive in runs, and plenty of leeway to hit dingers since the park is very accommodating to right handed power guys. This is guy who is good for 100+ RBI in any given season as well as 30+ homeruns. Teixeira was initially looked at as a bit of a risk, considering from 2009 until he got to NY, he was very up and down. The other knock that one may make is he is a traditionally slow starter in April, which is true, but moot since you’re talking about a guy who will be one of the top elite first baseman in 2010.