Friday, March 04, 2005

Jarrett Gardner Report

Jarrett Gardner, RHP, Boston Red Sox
Drafted 564th Overall (19th Rd), 2003 Draft, Arkansas
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 6'1", 180 lbs

Standard college trained righty junkballer, but one with a very jawdropping stat line.

2004 Augusta: 2.51 ERA, 92 K, 11 BB, 130 H, 12 HR, 136 IP
mL Career: 3.09 era, 123 K, 14 BB, 205 H, 19 HR, 201 IP

You read that right. In his minor league career, he's walked a batter about once every 17 or 18 innings he's pitched. That's pretty remarkable. It's at least worth a report.

Gardner doesn't strike as many batters out as you'd like thanks to his below average stuff. And he gives up too many home runs thanks to the fact that he never throws a pitch out of the strike zone, ever. His chances of success at higher levels are pretty slim. He doesn't even have a slick breaking ball that he can use as an out pitch. If he does make it, I'll be the first in line cheering him on.

ETA: 2007
2 Stars

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