Brett Gardner
36-Year-Old OutfielderOF
New York Yankees
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Gardner swiped 10 bases in 2019 to extend his streak of double-digit steals to seven seasons, but the big story was his emergence as a power hitter, as he blew past his career highs in home runs (28), slugging percentage (.503), OPS (.829) and ISO (.253). Statcast evidence suggests that Gardner's transformation was the result of a purposeful attempt to lift the ball in the air more effectively and more often. He continued to fall below league average with a 34.0 Hard% and an average exit velocity of 87.2 mph, but set career highs with a 38.2 FB%, a 46.2 Pull% and an average launch angle of 13.6 degrees. He returned to the Yankees on a one-year, $12.5 million deal with a team option for 2021. With Aaron Hicks sidelined to start the year, Gardner should get steady playing time, profiling as an underrated late-round outfielder capable of producing double-digit steals and 20-plus home runs. Read Past Outlooks
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