Web Analytics and Web Statistics by NextSTAT The Boston Sports Nut: Jacoby Ellsbury - one of my favorites

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Jacoby Ellsbury - one of my favorites

Jacoby Ellsbury is going to be a very special player. He's similar to Rickey Henderson, who had lots of speed and was a terror on the basepaths, could hit for average with moderate power, and who covered a lot of ground quickly, making sensational catches, etc. Ellsbury has exceptional baseball instincts.

He was quite impressive last season as a September call-up and helped the Red Sox win the American League Pennant and World Series. In 33 games with the parent club last year, he played in 33 games, batted .353 with 3 homers and 18 RBI's. He stole 9 bases without being caught.

In 2008, while he's filling the leadoff role most of the time, he is batting .284 with 4 HRs and 21 RBIs. With 41 runs scored, he's on pace to score over 110 times. Additionally, he has 28 stolen bases, leading the major leagues...something you rarely see from a Red Sox player as the Sox have a history of playing longball.

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