Addition To The Rockies Farm: Joe Gardner

At this point in the season it is often the case that major league parent clubs often “raid the pantry” from their minor league teams, moving top prospects to make an impact at the major league level.

Well for once, the Colorado Rockies have supplied the Drillers with a few players that could easily have an impact on the team winning the second half of Texas League north division and make the playoffs.

With that said, it was no secret that over last weekend that the Rockies traded All-Star and former Driller, Ubaldo Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians for four top prospects.

Over the next few days, I’ll give you a little background information on the prospects, and where they figure in both the Drillers and Rockies plans throughout the rest of this year, and the foreseeable future.

RHP – Joe Gardner

A native of Fremont,California, Joe Gardner was a third round pick by the Cleveland Indians in the 2009 Major League

On Friday August the 6th, Gardner made his Drillers and Rockies organizational debut at ONEOK Field. After allowing a home run in the first inning, Gardner shut-out the Springfield Cardinals over his final 5 1/3 innings.

Baseball First-Year Player Draft.Gardnerwas drafted after his junior year at UC Santa Barbara.

Gardner signed late in 2009, postponing his professional debut till 2010, and he didn’t disappoint. Over Low and High-A baseball Gardner was a combined 13-6, with a 2.75 earned run average over 28 starts.

Gardner is known as a hard-thrower, and it can be evident with his 142 strikeouts over 147 innings in 2010.

So far in 2010, Gardner has had a hard time adjusting to Double-A baseball, as most pitchers do. Single-A to Double-A is often regarded as the biggest jump for pitchers, as he has had his struggles in Akron, the Indians Double-A team.

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Here is a look at Joe Gardner’s 2011 stat line for the Akron Aeros:

W         L          ERA      G          GS        IP         H          R          ER        BB        SO

7          8          4.99     19        19        97.1    108       73        54        47        60

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