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Yankees MLB Draft 2017: Yankees draft RHP Austin Gardner 272nd overall

Looking to bolster their future bullpen, the Yankees have once again selected a right-handed pitcher. With the 272nd pick of the ninth round New York has selected right hander Austin Gardner out of The University of Texas-Arlington.
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Standing at 6’2" and weighing in at 215 pounds, Gardner is built to be a reliever.  Splitting time between the rotation and bullpen at UT-Arlington, the righty posted a 2.42 ERA over 44.2 innings during his 2017 campaign.

Gardner really hit his stride as a reliever this past season, allowing only seven of 22 inherited runners to score. His ERA out of the bullpen was an impressive 2.11, making him the Mavericks go-to reliever.

Gardner pitched for the Wichita State Shockers as a freshman in 2014 where he saw only a combined one inning of action in two appearances, allowing two earned runs.  He played his sophomore season at a junior college, before transferring to UT-Arlington for his junior season of 2016.

After a sub-par junior season in which he posted a 9.12 ERA in 25.2 innings, Gardner finally found his groove during his senior season. He will look to keep it going as a member of the New York Yankees.

Article by: Matthew Smith

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