• Brett Gardner’s ETA?

    Posted by on July 30th, 2007 · Comments (7)

    Sweeny Murti on Brett Gardner

    Watch out for Brett Gardner, a lefty-hitting centerfielder with a good on-base percentage. Still only 23 years old, he has a little bit of Lenny Dykstra in him, even some mannerisms. Some scouts have told me they like him and some Yankee brass think he could play in the majors within a year or two. What’s that mean for Johnny Damon? I don’t know about next year, but at least in 2009 my guess is he’ll be playing somewhere else.

    This time last year, I was thinking 2009 too.

    Comments on Brett Gardner’s ETA?

    1. Raf
      July 30th, 2007 | 3:38 pm

      Teixeira to Atlanta for Saltalamacchia…

    2. JohnnyC
      July 30th, 2007 | 3:55 pm

      A propos of speedy centerfielders with zippo power, did you see where Jason Tyner hit his first major league home run…after 1220 ABs! Before he hit his only other professional homer in 2004 in the minor leagues, Tyner had not recorded a four-bagger in 2631 ABs stretching back to his little league days. And yet the Mets made him the 21st pick overall in the June 1998 draft. I hope Gardner can find the fences a little more often that.

    3. RICH
      July 30th, 2007 | 4:19 pm

      And speaking of another speedy CF with little power I was saddened to read that Brett Butler had a mild stroke and is hospitalized.

      He’s had some bad health problems in the past (cancer of the mouth?).

    4. JohnnyC
      July 30th, 2007 | 5:49 pm

      After drafting Jason Tyner in the first round, you would think that Steve Phillips would have had the good sense to put a paper bag over his head in shame like Augie Doggie.

    5. Yu Hsing Chen
      July 30th, 2007 | 9:25 pm

      Brett Gardner doesn’t have much power, but he is at worest in the Juan Pierre / Bubba Crosby power territory and not Jason Tyner territory. (he did at least have 5HR in SI, which is a pretty tough hitter’s park too. ) and his minor league career SLG owns Tyner too and continue to show at least a little improvement as he progress.

      If he could turn in a few good Juan Pierre / Scott Posedniek / Willy Taverez seasons, he’s pretty valuable. espically as a 4th man, such players always have a harder time translating and maintaining their ability in the bigs (ala Joey Gathright) but it’s far from imposible, and Gardner does possess ridiculas speed, i’m talking about Jose Reyes / Carl Crawford esque speed.

    6. Yu Hsing Chen
      July 30th, 2007 | 9:27 pm

      anyway, is Gardner a great prospect? no, is he probably a lot better than Jason Tyner and Bubba Crosby though? YES

    7. Raf
      July 30th, 2007 | 9:31 pm

      Well, here’s to Brett being an OBP machine…

      RICH, it was cancer of the tonsils

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