Monday, June 23, 2008

Prospect Profile: OF Brett Gardner (#8)

Prospect Profile: OF Brett Gardner (#8)Through Sunday, June 22, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre centerfielder Brett Gardner is among the International League leaders in stolen bases (1st - 29), triples (1st – 9), OBP (4th - .408), and hits (t-10th – 75).

Yesterday, the Yankees leadoff hitter, showcased his talents, manufacturing a first inning run. After walking to open the contest, Gardner stole second and third base to set up the game’s first run. Later, Gardner’s speed was utilized in tracking down a ninth-inning blast Toledo’s Brent Clevlen. The ball appeared to be well out of Gardner’s reach.

With the trade deadline fast approaching and the Yankees on the prowl for pitching, Melky Cabrera may prove a valuable chip if the organization believes the 24-year-old speedster is ready.

Scouting Report: OF Brett Gardner

Prospect Profile: OF Brett Gardner (#8)Brett Gardner is the fastest prospect in the system, rating a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale. He is an adept basestealer, succeeding on better than 80 percent of his attempts. His speed plays in centerfield as well, where he has above average range. Gardner’s arm is below average but plays in center.

He endears himself to scouts and fans alike with his all-out hustle, while his plate discipline ranks as the best in the system.

According to the Baseball America 2008 Prospect Handbook, “Offensively, [Gardner] evoke Brett Butler by bunting, slashing line driver and taking walks. Gardner has hit one homer the last two years and doesn’t have the swing path or strength to hit for much more. He’ll have to prove he won’t be overpowered in the majors, and he needs to hang in better against lefthanders to avoid becoming a platoon player.”

Development/Progress: -- Brett Gardner’s Career Statistics --
Prospect Profile: OF Brett Gardner (#8)Gardner started 2007 at Double-A Trenton. After posting a .300 batting average and .392 on base percentage, he was bumped up to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In 54 games there, he hit .260. Between those two stops, Gardner swiped 39 bases.

After missing a month when an errant pitch broke his right hand, Gardner finished 2007 by hitting .343 in the Arizona Fall League, leading the league in runs (27) and steals (16).

Gardner is a former walk-on who became the highest-drafted player from the College of Charleston. In his professional action (2005 – Staten Island), he hit .284, nine doubles and five homers.

Baseball America Prospect Rankings: 2008 - #8; 2007 - #10, 2006 - #13.


Anonymous said...

Can an all speed, no power guy really make it on the Bronx Bombers?

steve s said...

When he's replacing a no-hit, no-power, no-OBP guy whose only ability is fielding, sure, why not?

Jeff said...

Brett Gardner Watch (6/23):
Gardner went 2-for-4 tonight against Columbus. He ripped a triple (his league-leading 10th), walked and gunned out a runner at home.