Will Brett Gardner Hold Fantasy Baseball Value in 2010?

February 26, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments
Article Source: Bleacher Report - New York Yankees

With Johnny Damon heading out of town, it appears that the Yankees are primed to hand an outfield job to Brett Gardner.  Does he have the potential to be a viable fantasy option?  It’s doubtful, but let’s take a look:


2009 Statistics

248 At-Bats
.270 Batting Average (67 Hits)
3 Home Runs
23 RBI
48 Runs
26 Stolen Bases
.345 On Base Percentage
.379 Slugging Percentage
.312 Batting Average on Balls in Play


What You Need To Know

  • In 1,467 career minor league at-bats, he had just 55 doubles, 28 triples, and nine home runs.  That led to a slugging percentage of just .383 and the potential for much power, even in the new Yankees Stadium, is minimal.
  • He’s likely to bat ninth, meaning, even in that loaded lineup, he’s not likely to drive in many runs.
  • He could score his fair share, with Derek Jeter, Nick Johnson, and company hitting atop the order, but he needs to do a significantly better job of getting on base for that to happen.  He struck out nearly 20 percent of the time in his minor league career, a number that isn’t suitable for a slap hitter.
  • The speed is unquestioned, but again, he is going to need to get on base more to have a huge impact there.  He stole 56 bases between Single & Double-A in ‘06 and 50 bases between Triple-A and the Majors in ‘08.  Keep your fingers crossed, but those lofty numbers are not likely to be repeated.
  • He does a good job of putting the ball on the ground to utilize his speed, with a 55.0 percent groundball rate over his minor league career.  That certainly will help his average, but with the strikeouts likely (I’m projecting him for a 23 percent strikeout rate), it’s not likely he’s usable there.
  • The presence of Randy Winn will certainly cut into his playing time, especially if he gets off to a slow start.


2010 Projection

.260 (130-500), 4 HR, 35 RBI, 75 R, 35 SB, .331 BABIP , .345 OBP , .356 SLG


Final Thoughts

While the stolen bases are nice, the rest of the line basically renders him unusable.  I’d much rather take a flyer on Drew Stubbs or Dexter Fowler, who have the potential to help you out in other categories.  He’s best left for those in the deepest of formats.

What are your thoughts on Gardner?  Can he prove usable in 2010?  What type of production are you expecting?


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