Thursday, December 09, 2004

Richie Gardner Report

Richie Gardner, RHP, Cincinnati Reds
Drafted 171st Overall (6th Rd), 2003 Draft, University of Arizona
Bats R/Throws R
22 YO, 6'3", 185 lbs

Garner may be the steal of the 2003 draft. After 2 years in the JuCo ranks, he had one good, but not great season at Arizona before being drafted. As a pro, he's been lightning in a bottle. He split the season more or less evenly between the Carolina League and the Southern League. For Potomac (CL) he posted a 2.50 ERA with 80 K's and 13 walks in 86.1 innings. For Chattanooga (SL), he posted a 2.56 ERA with 59 K's and 13 walks in 70 1/3 innings. Those are spectacular numbers. Very few have heard of him though.

He has a heavy fastball that usually sits in the low 90's, but sometimes reaches the mid 90's and a great changeup. Those in keeper leagues with minor league rosters should grab him right now. I'm giving him my full recommendation.

ETA: Late 2005
4 1/2 Stars



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