Born: September 11, 1983
Drafted: 1st round, 2005
College: Oregon State
High School: Madras (OR)
Scouting Report: Ellsbury was on of the best players in the NCAA in 2005. He is very fast, plays excellent defense, and has shown a great ability to get on base. Decent gap power for a centerfielder who projects as a lead-off hitter. Has often been compared to Johnny Damon. Also said to be a team leader.
Ellsbury has few holes in his game and is capable of beating teams in a lot of ways. He has excellent makeup and instincts. His best tool is his speed, and it’s evident both on the bases and in center field, where he catches everything hit his way. He has been clocked in 6.55 seconds over 60 yards. He has become more patient, rarely swings and misses and is comfortable hitting with two strikes. His style of play and physical appearance have drawn comparisons to Johnny Damon at a similar age, but scouts say Ellsbury has a better swing. They question whether he’ll grow into the same power, though.
Other Notes courtesy of David Laurila's excellent Jacoby Ellsbury interview from RedSoxNation.net:
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-Walks to strikeouts ratio has been good, so he's patient and makes pretty good contact.
-Is a lead-off hitter, so he wants to get on any way he can, be it a hit, walk, hit-by-pitch, or error.
-Likes to try to extend singles into doubles and doubles into triples.
-Likes to use his legs to his advantage.
-Hasn't bunted as much as a lot of lead-off guys, and doesn't run out of the box like Ichiro.
-Wants to develop some more power and be a well-rounded player.
-Believes in working on his weaknesses more than his strengths.
-Does use his speed, and while seldom asked to bunt at OSU, at this level he'll probably want to do it more.
-Feels he hits breaking pitches pretty well.
-Feels good at recognizing pitches and keeping his hands and weight back.
-Trusts his hands and will drive the ball the other way.
-Strikezone judgment has always come natural.
-Disciplined and trusts his eyes.
-Good at recognizing pitches out of the hand.
-If something is over the outside corner, knows can get his bat on it.
-If he has less than two strikes, he'd rather wait for a ball he can do more with.
-A big part of hitting is having the confidence to hit with two strikes.
-On the bases, he definitely wants the pitcher to know he's there,
-Wants the pitcher to know that he has to go with fastballs if they're going to throw him out.
-Doesn't necessarily take a huge lead.
-Wants his lead to be comfortable so that he's not limiting myself by having his weight in the wrong direction. Taking too big of a lead is usually not beneficial, and there's a fine line between the right lead and one that's too big.
-Want to be is aggressive and force the other team to make plays.
-Feels that he gets pretty good jumps on balls and is willing to sacrifice his body and go hard into the wall if the situation dictates.
-Wore a Red Sox cap to all of his games at Oregon State last year for good luck.
-Named after a name on an advertisement that his mother saw. The advertiser was a company that sold farm equipment, and the specific ad was for a tractor.
-Likes the outdoors, warm weather, and relaxing with his buddies. Also enjoys lake fishing and waffles with applesauce.
-Once chased down a deer when he was in high school.<!--SPOILER DIV--></div><!--SPOILER DIV-->
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Edited by AlNipper49, 02 July 2007 - 07:59 AM.