3. Brett Gardner (LF-Yankees)
- .299 BA, 9 HR, 39 RBI, 60 R, 15 SB
Perhaps there’s nobody more deserving of an All-Star nod than Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner.
This Joe Girardi favorite is the quintessential underdog. Most told him he lacked the talent to be an everyday player on a big-league club, yet he fought his way through.
First it was the Yankees system in the farm, then to the bench as a speed specialist, now he’s an All-Star table-setter for some of the best power hitters in the game.
Not only does the guy do damage at the plate, but the ground he covers in the outfield needs to garner more attention than it normally does.
Unless Ned Yost endures one serious brain-fart over the next week, Gardner will be representing the Yankees at the 2015 MLB All-Star Game.