Hi folks! Some of you who know me from other sites, know that I have a man crush on Jacoby Ellsbury. Of course any Boston Red Sox fan would and probably found themselves yelling at their television when Jacoby was left on the bench during some of the post season games. We fans knew that if you put Jacoby at the plate he would help his team out tremendously. He did just that.
Jacoby really isn't all that talented power wise, in fact I was surprised when he hit as many home runs as he did last season. In the minor leagues it is reported that he had 10 homers in 1,017 games. Ellsbury also does not have an arm that will gun you out at the plate from center field either. So if you are thinking of drafting him, draft him for four things. He will hit over .300, he could easily reach 90 Runs and 100 RBI eventually. Hey this is Boston we are talking about. He will also be a base stealer and I do not believe that he will be held back as much as Coco was because Coco did not seem to exhibit any sort of energy at all. Jacoby breathes energy! His energy will lift up the rest of the ball club and I believe Boston will let him run, even with Manny and David at the plate. In fact if they decide to put Jacoby first in the lineup, his stolen bases will rise.
Many suspect that Jacoby, if traded to the Twins, would have been let loose on the base pads while in Boston he will be held. After what I saw in the post season, I can't imagine his talent going to waist like that. Therefore I encourage anyone who is drafting this season to consider Jacoby around the 8th or 9th rounds if you want to add a stolen base threat to your roster. Be prepared to hold him in keeper leagues should Coco not be moved.
It is public knowledge that Jacoby batted .361 while Manny was down for the count. Could that have simply been a time where the pitchers simply have not figured out Jacoby's weaknesses? You could say that except that in Pawtucket he held a .298 average with 363 at bats. I truly hope that Jacoby starts in 2008 and Coco finds himself in Florida where his lack of energy can join the rest of the Marlins.