By Brenden Monroe
As of right now, it looks like the Yankees left field situation will be a platoon of Brett Gardner and newly acquired Jamie Hoffman. Hoffman has come over from the Dodgers in the Rule 5 draft, which means that if he does not make the Bombers opening day roster, he has to be sent back to L.A. On top of that, he must remain on the roster for the remainder of the season.
If the Yanks were going to take a gamble like that, then they would definitely do it for a good young player.
We all know what Gardner brings to the table: blazing speed and great range, a weak bat and arm, and all-out hustle. He will take the extra base and steal a base in a clutch situation.
With all that being said, he has not proven that he is an everyday player. Yankee fans are living with the fact that Johnny Damon will not be their left fielder next year, but they are still wondering what Hoffman will bring to the ballpark in the Bronx.
Jamie Jerome Hoffmann is a right handed hitter from Minnesota who stands at 6’3, 205 pounds. According to baseball-reference.com, in five minor league seasons, Hoffman hit .283 with 36 HR’s and 279 RBIs. This includes his stint with the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes last year where he hit .291 with 10 HR’s and 64 RBIs.
Baseball America has rated him as an above average defender in all categories, which is something the Yankees need considering Nick Swisher still roams right field.
He will have this spring training to prove himself worthy of wearing the pinstripes on opening day.
Otherwise, it’s back to Albuquerque.
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