Prospect Watcher: Brett Gardner

Games: Sunday, April 12, 2009

Brett Gardner | CF | New York
Versus Kansas City and RHP Gil Meche

At-Bat 1:

  • Result: Single to center
  • Pitcher: Gil Meche (RHP)
  • Situation: Leading off the game | 3-2 count
  • Pitch: Slider | Inside and middle (strike) | 89 mph

    At-Bat 2:

  • Result: Fly out to LF
  • Pitcher: Gil Meche (RHP)
  • Situation: Third inning, one out, none on | 3-1 count
  • Pitch: Fastball | Outside and high (strike) | 90 mph

    At-Bat 3:

  • Result: Grounds to SS for double play
  • Pitcher: Gil Meche (RHP)
  • Situation: Sixth inning, one on, none out | 0-0 count
  • Pitch: Fastball | Low and away (strike) | 89 mph

    At-Bat 4:

  • Result: Fly out to RF
  • Pitcher: Juan Cruz (RHP)
  • Situation: Eighth inning, none out, none on | 2-2 count
  • Pitch: Change-up | Middle and low (strike) | 83 mph

    Notes: Gardner had perhaps his best at-bat of the season against KC ace Gil Meche in the first inning of this game. He did exactly what the lead-off hitter should do: See a lot of pitches and get on base. He made Meche throw seven pitches and the outfielder laced a single to center on the final toss of the match-up. That is the type of approach he needs to take each and every game if he is going to hold on to the center-field job in New York long term.

    American League:

    Chris Getz | 2B | Chicago
    Opponent: RHP Nick Blackburn (Minnesota)
    Result: 0-for-3, 2 LOB
    Trending: 1-for-13 in his last four games
    Notes: Switching Dewayne Wise for Getz at the top of the order has really not helped the White Sox. The club desperately needs a leadoff hitter. Getz is better as the No. 2 or No. 9 man at this point.

    Elvis Andrus | SS | Texas
    Opponent: RHP Edwin Jackson (Detroit)
    Result: 1-for-3, run scored
    Trending: His OBP is just .294.
    Notes: Andrus has a hit in all but one of the five MLB games he’s appeared in.

    Travis Snider | LF | Toronto
    Opponent: RHP Anthony Reyes (Cleveland)
    Result: 0-for-2, with a sacrifice and 1 LOB
    Trending: .250 vs LHPs, .250 vs RHPs
    Notes: Snider was back in the line-up on Sunday after sitting while the club faced two southpaw starters.

    National League:

    Travis Ishikawa | 1B | San Francisco
    Opponent: RHP Chris Young (San Diego)
    Result: 0-for-3, 1 LOB
    Trending: No at-bats versus left-handed pitching
    Notes: Ishikawa hasn’t driven in a run since plating three on opening day.

    Chris Dickerson | OF | Cincinnati
    Opponent: RHP Ian Snell (Pittsburgh)
    Result: 1-for-2, two walks
    Trending: 4 walks in 4 games
    Notes: So far this season in a small sample size, Dickerson is showing an improved approach at the plate, which has led to more walks and fewer strikeouts.

    Dexter Fowler | OF | Colorado
    Opponent: RHP Chan Ho Park (Philadelphia)
    Result: 2-for-5, solo homer, K
    Trending: More HRs (2) than SB (1)
    Notes: Early on, Fowler is showing a little more power (2 hrs in 13 at-bats) than expected

    Jordan Schafer | CF | Atlanta
    Opponent: LHP Scott Olsen (Washington)
    Result: 0-for-4, three Ks
    Trending: 1-for-8 in day games
    Notes: Schafer was 5-for-9 in his first two games against Washington on the weekend before the three-strikeout performance on Sunday.

    Colby Rasmus | CF | St. Louis
    Opponent: LHP Wandy Rodriguez (Houston)
    Result: 0-for-2, run, BB, K
    Trending: 1-for-7 vs LHPs
    Notes: His average is down, but Rasmus has walked five times with just two strikeouts in six games.

    Cameron Maybin | CF | Florida
    Opponent: LHP Johan Santana (New York)
    Result: 1-for-4, two Ks
    Trending: Four two-strikeout games in his five starts in 2009
    Notes: Maybin has yet to drive in a run or take a walk this season.

  • We hoped you liked reading Prospect Watcher: Brett Gardner by Marc Hulet!

    Please support FanGraphs by becoming a member. We publish thousands of articles a year, host multiple podcasts, and have an ever growing database of baseball stats.

    FanGraphs does not have a paywall. With your membership, we can continue to offer the content you've come to rely on and add to our unique baseball coverage.

    Support FanGraphs




    Marc Hulet has been writing at FanGraphs since 2008. His work focuses on prospects and fantasy. Follow him on Twitter @marchulet.

    Comments are closed.