Plans For Mike Gardner

Keep in mind, that just because Michael Gardner was temporarily assigned to Double-A after his release from the Padres, that doesn’t mean that’s necessarily where he’ll end up.  But considering the glut of pitching the Yankees have, it seems like a likely destination.

Gardner, who was a Rule 5 pick by the Padres, was 1-0 with a 7.11 ERA in six games for San Diego.

Last year, he was 3-5 with a 2.88 ERA in 44 appearances in Trenton.  He also had a whopping 17 wild pitches, so take that for what it’s worth…

Guys picked unsuccessfully in the Rule 5 Draft have often seen their careers derailed as a result.  For every Josh Hamilton, there’s 15 Lincoln Holdzkom’s. 

Since their original organizations have planned for life without them, often there’s no spot when they return.  It’s hard to argue that Gardner’s best immediate chance to reach the big leagues was with San Diego, as he’ll be hard pressed to get a spot on the 40-man roster like he had there, so let’s see what that does with his confidence when the 2008 season finally gets underway…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

3 Responses to “Plans For Mike Gardner”

  1. Erik Says:

    Hey Mike….I looked for ya this week at the Minor League complex,but didnt see ya.I like Mike Gardner,and I think he will be with Trenton again,that being said,I didnt think the Padres would keep him all year,not many teams do.

  2. thunderbaseball Says:

    Ha. If I were actually down in Tampa, trust me…I’d have a lot more stuff up here than I do now. My paper won’t pay to send me down there, and I’m not going to pay for a lengthy and expensive trip like that out of pocket.

    I’d love to go, and maybe one year I will…it would be such a huge advantage to actually be there and get to see these guys and get to know them so early.

  3. Erik Says:

    Sorry Mike…I thought that you were going down……Yes it does get to be expensive.

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