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October 23, 2006 Gardner providing a spark in AFL
by SG

From, a winter league updated on Brett Gardner and others.

There is one attribute that makes a leadoff hitter great, and Brett Gardner has it.

Not only did the Yankees' outfield prospect bat .500 out of the No. 1 spot for the Peoria Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League last week, he also drew nine walks in five games.

Gardner's knack for getting on base raised his overall batting average to .458 and his on-base percentage to .641 -- dangerous numbers for a consistent stolen-base threat.

Gardner had a decent season between Tampa and Trenton this year, hitting .298/.395/.370, although he struck out a ton, which is not a good sign. He also has very little power, but does have 80 speed on the 20-80 scale.

Other Yankee farmhands playing winter ball in the Arizona Fall League and Hawaiian winter league include T.J. Beam, Sean Henn, Jeff Kennard, Darrell Rasner, P.J. Pilittere, Eric Duncan, Christian Garcia, Ian Kennedy, Jeff Marquez, Joba Chamberlain, and Mark Melancon.