Who is Brett Gardner? Is he the next Brett Butler or the next Jason Tyner?
At the big league level, Gardner has shown great speed, a decent glove in center, a willingness to work the count, and a hard-nose attitude – albeit in a small sample size.
For what it’s worth, his OPS over his last 16 games in 2008 was .740 (in 54 PA). If he can maintain that, he could have a full-time job in 2009. That’s, of course, assuming the Yankees don’t go out and get someone else to play CF in 2009 (or find someone to play a corner OF spot and move Johnny Damon to CF).