Brett Gardner made Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet for June 27th. Here’s what they had to say about him:
One of the IL’s steadiest performers all season, Gardner in the past month has become one of its very best. He’s batting .326/.446/.457 through 92 June at-bats, with 11 steals in 12 attempts, and on the season he now leads the league in on-base percentage (.417), stolen bases (30 in 38 tries), walks (57) and triples (10), while ranking third in runs scored (58). The quintessential leadoff man, Gardner has reached base in 71 of the 77 games in which he’s played this season.
Since May 1st of this season, Melky Cabrera has put together the following BA/OBP/SLG line: .231/.294/.301 (in 206 PA).
Would it be a crime – especially with Matsui out – to send down Justin Christian, call up Gardner to play CF, and then bench Cabrera?
Melky could still play the role of fourth outfielder – and be an excellent defensive sub on the corners late in a game (as he throws better than Damon in left and has more range than Abreu in right).
What are the Yankees afraid of here? That Gardner might not hit? Well, as long as his OBA is above .300, Brett would be more useful – with the bat – than Melky is now.