Brett Gardner, Left Field, New York Yankees, #11
Date of Birth: 8/24/1983
Birthplace: Holly Hill, South Carolina
College: College of Charleston
Current Salary: $12,500,000
Brett Gardner, left fielder for the New York Yankees, is following in the footsteps of his father, who played in the minor leagues. Gardner was drafted by the Yankees in 2005 and he played in their minor league system until 2008. In his time in the minor leagues, Gardner batted .291 and he stole 153 bases. Known for his excellent base stealing abilities, he had an 83% success rate in stealing while in the minors.
Gardner made his first appearance with the Yankees in 2008 when he played in 42 games with them. The following season, he batted .270 with 67 hits and 26 stolen bases in 108 games. In 2010, he played in 150 games and batted .277 with 132 hits, 20 doubles, and 47 stolen bases. He led the American League in stolen bases in 2011 with 49.
In 2012, Gardner played in just 16 games due to an elbow injury and season ending surgery. He had a strong season in 2013, leading the AL in triples with 10. He batted .273 with career highs in hits (147), doubles (33), and triples (10). In February, 2014, he signed a four-year, $52 million contract extension that includes a fifth year club option. He finished the 2014 season with 142 hits, 25 doubles, a career high 17 home runs, 58 RBIs, 21 stolen bases, and a .256 batting average in 148 games.
Gardner finished the 2015 season with 148 hits, 26 doubles, 16 home runs, 20 stolen bases, a career high 66 RBIs, and a .259 batting average in 151 games. Defensively, he played 119 games in left field and 40 games in center field. He had three strikeouts and no hits in four at-bats in the postseason Wild Card game.
In 2016, Gardner batted 261 in 148 games. He had 143 hits, 22 doubles, 16 stolen bases, and 41 RBIs. Defensively, he was rewarded with his first Gold Glove. In 147 games in left field, he made 249 putouts and 3 errors.
Career batting statistics for Gardner through 2016 include:
- 1,067 games played
- 950 hits
- 158 doubles
- 218 stolen bases
- 342 RBIs
- 773 strikeouts to 424 walks
- .264 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Gardner as an outfielder through 2016 include:
- 696 games played in left field, 389 games played in center field, and 1 game played in right field
- 2,009 putouts
- 18 errors
Gardner and his wife Jessica have two sons.