Richie Gardner’s struggles continued on Friday, as he gave up eight runs — six earned — and 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings for Double-A Chattanooga.
Gardner, the Reds’ minor league player of the year in 2004, has a 7.85 ERA in six starts for the Lookouts. He has a 30/13 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 IP, but the league is hitting .363 against him. May. 7 – 2:37 pm et
The K/BB ratio is good, and the K-rate is excellent, but that opponent’s batting average is awful. Let’s hope it’s just a run of bad luck. I’d lean that way, since he’s only given up 2 HR in 28.6 innings.
— Edited to add: Has anyone noticed how old the Lookouts’ roster is? Gardner, Bubba Nelson, and Brad Cherry are the only pitchers who are under 24, and after next weekend, there won’t be a single hitter under 24.
Louisville, predictably, is much older still – Elizardo Ramirez is the only pitcher under 25, and Lil’ Encarnacion (22) is the youngest hitter by 3.5 years (Romano is second-youngest…ugh).
What happened to the prospects?
Edited again to note that Gardner was disabled Monday with biceps tendonitis. Thanks, mlb.com.