Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Boston Red Sox
Bats: L Throws: L HT: 6-1 WT: 185 DOB: September 11, 1983
Those of you who have been reading my work for awhile know that I maintain a healthy skepticism about players who rely mostly on their speed, but I really love Jacoby Ellsbury. He uses his speed extremely well, and combines it with solid strike zone judgment and contact hitting. He won't hit many homers, but he is hardly punchless, I think we will gradually see his doubles and triples totals increase. He's going to be a very good to excellent leadoff hitter, and (I believe) a consistent .300+ guy. I also like his defensive skills in center field. He's ready now, and will be a leading contender for Rookie of the Year. Grade A-, a grade which may strike some people as a notch too high, but I am extremely confident in him.
So, guys. Here is your chance. Tell me why I should change Ellsbury to a B+, or why I should leave him at A-.