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Brett Gardner finished 1-for-3 with an infield single against the Rays. He is hitting .167 during Spring Training.

Fantasy Impact: As the schedule moves into April, Gardner is still having a hapless spring. Gardner only has one extra base hit this spring and needs to start hitting for the power that led to 50 extra base hits in the previous two seasons. Gardner had a career high 17 home runs last season and the Yankees, and fantasy owners, should expect 15 or more home runs and 25 or more steals from Gardner.

 

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Brett Gardner was 1-2 with a walk against the Twins on Tueday. He has a .157 batting average this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Getting on base twice as the leadoff hitter is a positive sign for Gardner, who only has a .283 OBP during Spring Training. The Yankees need Gardner to be the player that he had been in 2013 and 2014, where he had 50 or more extra base hits in each season. Gardner does have top-75 potential, but he needs to show consistency.

 

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Brett Gardner was 0-3 against the Orioles on Saturday. He now has a .143 batting average this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner does have eight walks this spring, but he also has 15 strikeouts and only seven hits in 57 plate appearances. Gardner has had 50 extra hits in each of the past two seasons, but needs to show that he can get on base to have value.

 

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Brett Gardner finished 1-3 with a run scored against the Phillies. Gardner is only hitting .140 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner only has one extra base hit this spring. He had 50 extra base hits last season and had 53 extra base hits in 2013; these were the first two seasons of Gardner's career where he had more than 34 extra base hits in a season. Gardner's fantasy value has moved from stealing bases, as he averaged 48 steals per season in 2010 and 2011, to more of an offensive focused profile with more extra base hits. Gardner's base stealing has minimized as he has hit for power more, as he only has 45 steals over the past two seasons.

 

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Brett Gardner was at the top of the lineup again for the Yankees, but was 0-3 with two strikeouts against the Mets. Gardner is now hitting .150 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner needs to pick up his pace as the season draws nearer. He does have a .277 OBP, which is optimistic as his difference between OBP and BA in 81 points for his career, as he has seven walks. His spring OPS of .477 is a bad omen for a potential top-150 player in 2015.

 

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Brett Gardner was 0-4 with a RBI in the Yankees 7-6 loss to the Nationals. Gardner is only hitting .132 his spring.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner still only has one extra base hit, a triple, in 44 Spring Training plate appearances and has struggled mightly. He is valued as a top 125 player, but is a cautionary pick at best right now. Although he struggled with a .749 OPS in 2014, he had 50 extra base hits and 21 SB, both totals that are very good for an OF3. Gardner does have SB potential greater than his 21 steals in 2014 and his 17 home runs from 2014 could be an indictator of his power potential as well.

 

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Brett Gardner was hitless again, 0-2 with two strikeouts, but did walk against the Astros. He is hitting .147 so far this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner's struggles have been well documented and batting at the top of the lineup has not helped. Jacoby Ellsbury's injury has allowed Gardner to move out of the second slot in the lineup, which the Yankees had hoped would kick start his spring, but he has struggled there as well. The Yankees may move him down in the lineup to seventh or eighth, where he has been successful before. Gardner has potential for a 20 home run/20 steal season, but he needs to get on base and show that his 17 home runs from 2014 were not a fluke.

 

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The leadoff triple was Gardner's first extra base hit and only hit in three at bats against the Tigers. Gardner is hitting .156 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner needs to show the skills that led to him having 50 extra base hits for him to be able to be an OF3. Gardner has 37 plate appearances this spring and only has one extra base hit and is also yet to steal a base. Gardner is billed as a good, cheap option for a power and steal combination, but he needs to show that he can get on base to be useful. His .327 OBP from 2014, and .265 OBP in spring, will not cut it at the top of the Yankees lineup.

 

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Brett Gardner was 1-3 with a walk against the Braves, raising his Spring Training batting average to .138, but was without a run or RBI in the leadoff spot of a 12-5 victory.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner has been mainly punchless this spring; he is without an extra base hit in 34 plate appearances and only has two RBI and no runs scored. Gardner has had 50 extra base hits in each of the past two seasons and hit a career high 17 home runs in 2014. Gardner could be a 20 home run/20 steal candidate in 2015, but he needs to find a place in the lineup to thrive. He has struggled at the top of the lineup this spring and needs to find a spot in the lineup to live up to his potential.

 

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Brett Gardner bottomed out on Tuesday night, finishing 0-3, and now has a spring batting average of .115.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner has top-150, or even top-100, potential but he has been weak this spring. He has not done well at the top of the lineup and the Yankees may be better suited to slot him at the bottom of the lineup where he has been successful before. Whatever the Yankees need to do, they need to do it fast or Gardner's draft stock will plummet.

 

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Brett Gardner disappoints again

Sun, Mar 15th 4:16pm EDT
By Chris Zolli

Brett Gardner was 1-3 with a single against the Phillies, adding to his punchless spring.

Fantasy Impact: The Yankees race for leadoff hitter seems to be over, as Jacoby Ellsbury has hit leadoff in each game that he and Gardner have played together. Gardner has struggled as the second hitter in the lineup during his career, posting only a .707 OPS in 142 career plate appearances. He is better suited as the leadoff hitter or at the bottom of the lineup, he has a career OPS of .862 as the seventh hitter and .892 as the eighth hitter, and the Yankees need to do something to help Gardner heat up.

 

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Brett Gardner saw his batting average dip to .100, as he was 0-3 with two strikeouts against the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Chase Headley was 2-3 with a double as the second hitter in the other matchup of a split squad performance and could be better suited as the second place hitter for the Yankees. Headley has a better OBP than Gardner does and this spring has seen Gardner struggle. Initial projections had Gardner as the leadoff hitter for the Yankees, with Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury following him, and the team would be wise to test that order in Spring Training. Gardner needs to regain his potentially 20 home run, 20 steal form and he is stuck as the second batter in the lineup.

 

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Brett Gardner is now 2-17 this spring after an 0-3 outing against the Atlanta Braves. He did have his second RBI of the spring in last night's game, but is yet to score a run in the second slot in the lineup. He has four walks as compared to three strikeouts, a positive trend looking forward.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner's struggles as the second hitter should signal his move to the leadoff role or to the bottom of the lineup. He has been successful in both roles in the past and his fantasy value would be greater in those positions.

 

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Brett Gardner has had one good game as the second hitter and was 0-3 yesterday against the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner is hitting .167 this spring and Jacoby Ellsbury is hitting .133 during the spring; logic would dictate that they need to be in different places of the lineup to optimize their offensive potential. Gardner can be a top-25 OF and has flashed potential of 20 home runs and 20 or more steals.

 

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Brett Gardner finished 1-2 with an RBI and a walk against the Nationals. Gardner has mainly hit second this spring, but only has a .222 batting average.

Fantasy Impact: Both Gardner and Ellsbury will get opportunities as the leadoff hitter this spring and will both lead off at times this season. Ellsbury only has an .083 BA as the leadoff hitter this spring, so Gardner will get opportunities to lead off soon. If Gardner is not the leadoff hitter for the Yankees, look for him to provide speed at the bottom of the lineup.

 

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Brett Gardner has hit second when paired with Jacoby Ellsbury this spring, finishing Friday night's appearance 1-3 with a strikeout

Fantasy Impact: In 33 plate appearances in 2014, Gardner only had a .605 OPS, compared to a .796 OPS as a leadoff hitter. Joe Girardi will try each player as a leadoff hitter this spring to make sure that he puts the right man at the top of the lineup. For his career, Gardner has only a .707 OPS as the second batter in the lineup.

 

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Brett Gardner hits second

Thu, Mar 5th 3:33pm EST
By Chris Zolli

Gardner was the second hitter in the Yankees lineup, finishing 0-1 with two walks

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner will either hit lead off or second for the Yankees and will be swapped with Jacoby Ellsbury through Spring Training. Gardner looks to return to 30 or more steals and build on 17 HRs from last season. He could even be a 20 home run, 30 steal threat for 2015.

 

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Brett Gardner hit second for the Yankees in their Spring Training opener and was 0-3 with a strikeout and two runners left on base.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner, who had a career high 17 home runs last year, is looking to be an impact player this year. He is looking to do better than a .749 OPS in 2014 and, more important, is looking to regain his SB skills. After stealing 96 bases between 2010 and 2011, he has only stolen 47 bases since. He has never scored 100 runs, but may have the opportunity if he is the leadoff hitter in a stronger Yankee lineup. The leadoff battle between Gardner and Ellsbury is one to watch through Spring Training.

 

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Brett Gardner should be the leadoff hitter for the Yankees for a long time to come. The article linked to this story projects the next four years for the Yankees and sees Gardner at the top of the lineup for the next three. (Source: LoHud Yankees Blog)

Fantasy Impact: Gardner has stolen more than 40 bases twice, led Yankees outfielders with 17 home runs last year, and has 18 triples over the past two seasons. Although those numbers sound good, Gardner has plateaued, as he only has a .754 OPS over the past two seasons and has stolen a combined 45 bases since 2013. There is potential for Gardner as a OF3, but a lot of his value derives from the Yankees offense running more smoothly. He had 87 runs last season and that was with the fourth worst Yankees offense ever; if the Yankees offense performs up to their normal standards, the leadoff hitting Gardner is a safe bet for 100+ runs scored.