Jacoby Ellsbury has been looked at as the Boston Red Sox‘ prized outfielder over the years. Ellsbury has been performing well as of late, batting .302 with a league leading 34 SB. With only 2 HRs, you may wonder where the power went from his breakout year.
Ellsbury’s best year came in 2011. He managed to knock 32 HRs, while driving in 105 RBIs. His batting average was an astounding .321. He performed well on the basepaths with 39 SB. This was an MVP-type performance, but he came in second in the AL MVP voting behind SP Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers. Ellsbury was still awarded for his magnificent year, winning the Silver Slugger and the Gold Glove.
Despite his success, Ellsbury has also had his series of down seasons. His worst career year came in the 2010 season, as he was decimated by injuries. With only 84 plate appearances, he produced no home runs, while only driving in five RBIs. Even with the small amount of plate appearances, he only managed to bat a sub-par .192, and swiped only seven SBs. Jacoby injured his ribs and his shoulder in the 2010 season.
Ellsbury’s career has been a roller coaster ride. He is a very inconsistent player. He will be elite one season, and mediocre the next. For his career, Ellsbury has hit 58 HRs, 291 RBIs, a .297 AVG, and 223 SB. While his numbers are strong in the first half of the 2013 season, he is capable of either improving or hurting the Red Sox severely.
It will be interesting to see which Ellsbury the Red Sox will get for the remainder of the year.