Brett Gardner, Left Field, New York Yankees, #11
Date of Birth: 8/24/1983
Birthplace: Holly Hill, South Carolina
College: College of Charleston
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.
Gardner had a good season in 2017, batting .264 in 151 games. He had a career high 157 hits, 26 doubles, a career high 21 home runs, 23 stolen bases, 63 RBIs, and 122 strikeouts to 72 walks. Defensively, as the Yankees' left fielder in 122 games, he made 205 putouts and no errors. In the postseason, he had 12 hits, including a home run, in 52 at-bats in 13 games.
Career batting statistics for Gardner through 2017 include:
- 1,218 games played
- 1,107 hits
- 184 doubles
- 84 home runs
- 241 stolen bases
- 405 RBIs
- 895 strikeouts to 496 walks
- .264 batting average
Gardner and his wife Jessica have two sons.