You know, everyone raves about the Red Sox’ Jacoby Ellsbury. Check out the minor league stats for Ellsbury (in red) and Gardner (in blue) below:
Ellsbury has shown a tad more pop at the higher minor league levels – but, it’s not like he’s leaps and bounds better than Gardner. Maybe Brett Gardner can be a spark for the Yankees in 2008 the way that Jacoby Ellsbury was in 2007 for the Red Sox?
The question is: Where would Gardner play in the Bronx? Between Damon, Melky, Abreu and Matsui, the outfield is crowded. Like the “injury” to Manny Ramirez in Boston this year, that opened the door for Ellsbury, Gardner is going to need something to happen in New York to get a shot next year.
If he gets a chance, it will be interesting to see if he takes it and runs with it.