MLB Power Rankings: Derek Jeter Returns To Top Spot

Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees returns to the top spot in this week's SB Nation New York MLB Power Rankings. Each week we rank the top 10 players from the past week for the New York Yankees and New York Mets. Let's check out this week's top 10.

1. Derek Jeter, Yankees -- You keep thinking the 38-year-old Jeter can't keep turning back the clock, then he goes and has a week like the one he just had. Jeter hit .440 over the (11-for-25) with four RBI. He had four multi-hit games, including back-to-back three-hit games against the Baltimore Orioles. Jeter is now hitting .314, a point above his career batting average.

2. CC Sabathia, Yankees -- The big left-hander showed he is all the way back after missing time earlier this season with a groin injury by pitching a complete-game three-hitter in a 6-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

3. Jonathan Niese, Mets - The success of rookie Matt Harvey will be the main focus of the Mets fans and front office alike, but Niese finishing strong could be just as important to the franchise for next season. Niese has had an uneven year and looked great Wednesday tossing seven innings of one run ball in a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants. It was a great bounce back for Niese after one of his worst starts of the season the week before against the Arizona Cardinals, giving up eight runs in six innings. -- Ryan Jones

4. Robinson Cano, Yankees -- Big week for Cano as he hit .348 with two home runs, two doubles and seven RBI. The highlight of his week was a grand-slam on Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles.

5. Eric Chavez, Yankees -- When Alex Rodriguez went down with a broken hand that meant the often-injured Chavez would have to carry a bigger load for New York, leading to concerns that the fragile 34-year-old would break down. Instead, last week Chavez has been mashing. He hit .357 last week (5-for-14) with two home runs and four RBI. Chavez has 10 home runs on the season, the first time since 2007 he has reached double digits. He also remains an outstanding defensive third baseman.

6. Josh Edgin, Mets - Edgin won't get the sort of headlines he deserves, but the lefty continued to be one of the few true highlights of the 2012 Mets season. Edgin tossed 2.2 scoreless innings, surrendering just two hits and no walks. He is in the midst of a scoreless streak of more than nine innings dating back to July 17. -- Ryan Jones

7. Scott Hairston, Mets - Some didn't expect Hairston to still be in New York at this point of the season, but here he is continuing to come up with big hits for the Mets. Hairston blasted two home runs Monday night in an 8-7 10 inning victory over the San Francisco Giants, including a long ball in the final inning right after the Mets bullpen blew another save. -- Ryan Jones

8. Frank Francisco, Mets - He only tossed two thirds of an inning this week after being activated from the disabled list, but they were important outs. They came in a 6-2 win over the San Diego Padres as Bobby Parnell tried to provide another ninth inning meltdown. Francisco came in after Parnell had already giving up a long home run to Chase Headley and put two more runners on base. The closer quickly showed how much he was missed by getting the final two outs with just two pitches. The return of Francisco will hopefully help salvage Parnell now that he can shift back to a setup role. -- Ryan Jones

9. Ruben Tejada, Mets - The shortstop just keeps hitting, now riding an 11-game hitting streak. He went 12-for-32 including just the second home run of his career and first in nearly two years. He would rank higher this week, but there were a few hiccups in the field Tejada needs to correct. -- Ryan Jones

10. Joba Chamberlain, Yankees -- Joba makes the list just for making it back into a Yankees uniform this season. After undergoing Tommy John surgery last season and then fracturing his ankle in a gruesome trampoline accident this spring there were lots of doubts he would be able to do that. Chamberlain worked his way back, though, and could be a big help to the bullpen down the stretch.

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