Boston Red Sox prospect Jacoby Ellsbury is considered one of the top outfield prospects in all of baseball. A profile of Jacoby Ellsbury is listed below along with an analysis of Ellsbury’s value in fantasy baseball leagues. Specific information for fantasy baseball keeper league managers involving Jacoby Ellsbury and his potential success and draft position is also included. So get ready to dominate your fantasy baseball league this year and for years to come.
Boston Red Sox
Born: September 11, 1983 (age 24)
College: Oregon State
Draft: 2005 1st round (23rd overall) Boston Red Sox
Minor League Profile:
Career Minor League Stat Totals:
1017 at bats, 174 runs, 44 doubles, 20 triples, 10 homeruns, 111 RBI, 105 stolen bases, .314 batting average
In 250 games and 1017 at bats at the minor league level, Jacoby Ellsbury has shown his ability to be a great leadoff hitter who is extremely proficient at stealing bases. Of his 132 steal attempts, Ellsbury was only caught 27 times for an 80% success rate on the base paths. To go along with his high stolen base rate, Ellsbury has been very successful at the plate as he has managed to post an outstanding .314 batting average through 1017 at bats. Unfortunately as a leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury does not project to have much homerun power like other leadoff hitters Grady Sizemore, Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes.
Major League Profile:
Career Major League Stat Totals:
116 at bats, 20 runs, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 3 homeruns, 18 RBI, 9 stolen bases, .353 batting average
Jacoby Ellsbury emerged onto the scene in Boston at the end of the 2007 regular season and on into the playoffs and World Series. He was an immediate sparkplug for the Red Sox and he should continue this trend in ’08 as the leadoff man. Blessed with great speed and an excellent eye at the plate, Ellsbury has been everything the Red Sox could have hoped for in this former 1st round draft pick.
Since his arrival in Boston in 2007, Jacoby Ellsbury has put up very respectable and fantasy worthy stats. His excellent eye at the plate has led to a career batting average of .323 in the minors and a .353 average during his brief stint in the majors. Another key quality that Ellsbury holds his is ability to rack up steals. These two qualities are what fantasy owners should expect to get out of Ellsbury in 2008.
2008 MLB Season Stat Projections:
490 at bats, 110 runs, 25 doubles, 7 triples, 5 homeruns, 65 RBI, 45 stolen bases, .320 batting average
Keeper League Report:
After Jacoby Ellsbury’s amazing run with the Red Sox in ’07 to claim the World Series title, many fantasy owners are projecting Ellsbury as a top 30 outfielder to begin the 2008 season. However many times a player’s key moments specific games are the only things remembered instead of the entire season and all 162 games that count in fantasy leagues. With that said, Ellsbury will probably be drafted a lot higher than he would have if the Red Sox had not won the World Series. Yet either way, Jacoby Ellsbury is an emerging talent that will provide keeper league fantasy owners with 40 plus stolen bases and over 100 runs year in and year out.
Official Player Statistics Source: http://www.sportsline.com/