Perci Garner

Position: RHP
Born: 12/13/1988
Height: 6'3
Weight: 225
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent on April 14, 2015 (CLE). Originally drafted in the second round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft (PHI).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: 7-1 with a 1.83 ERA between Akron (Double-A) and Columbus (Triple-A) in 41 games, striking out 70 while walking 22 in 78.2 IP and allowing 52 hits.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Columbus August 31 when RHP Shawn Armstrong was sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 8/31/2016

Debut Details
August 31, in an 8-4 win over the Minnesota Twins. The second of three pitchers, he tossed two-thirds of an inning, allowing one run on two hits, walking one and striking out one. Coming on to start the ninth inning in relief of starter Corey Kluber, he allowed a single to right field to the first batter he faced, Eddie Rosario. Jorge Polanco followed with another single to center before Garner struck out Max Kepler swinging. Pinch-hitter Eduardo Escobar then grounded out to first base at which point Garner was replaced on the mound by reliever Bryan Shaw. Shaw uncorked a wild pitch which allowed Rosario to score the lone run charged to Garner before striking out Brian Dozier to end the inning.

Player Notes
A local product hailing from Dover, Ohio (a suburb of Canton), Garner’s somewhat unexpected promotion to the big leagues still left enough time for his wife and toddler son to get there in time for the big moment. Garner had spent his entire pro career with the Phillies before being released at the end of 2015 spring training, and signed with his hometown team mid-summer. In five seasons coming into 2016, he’d played only one game at Triple-A and, in fact, after signing with the Indians he spent the remainder of 2015 back at Lynchburg (High A) where he was 3-1 with a 2.93 ERA in 18 games in relief. In 2014, he split his season between Clearwater (High A) and Reading (Double-A), going 4-5 with a 4.61 ERA in 26 games, 16 of them starts. A football star in high school, he actually attended Ball State as a highly-recruited quarterback but switched over to baseball. He throws a fastball in the low-to-middle 90s, a power curve, a slider and a changeup.