FRISCO, Texas (August 21, 2017) - The Texas Rangers announced Monday that Frisco RoughRiders relief pitcher Nick Gardewine has had his contract purchased by the club and been promoted straight to the Major Leagues.Gardewine, 24, has had a fantastic season with the RoughRiders, posting a 2.41 ERA in 30 appearances,
FRISCO, Texas (August 21, 2017) - The Texas Rangers announced Monday that Frisco RoughRiders relief pitcher Nick Gardewine has had his contract purchased by the club and been promoted straight to the Major Leagues.
Gardewine, 24, has had a fantastic season with the RoughRiders, posting a 2.41 ERA in 30 appearances, including four saves in five attempts. The righty worked scoreless outings in 22 of his 30 appearances, including 17 of his final 21 outings with the club. He has done the bulk of his work late in games, pitching 32 of his 33 2/3 innings in the eighth inning or later.
The native of Effingham, Illinois would be the 139th former Riders player to make the Major Leagues. He is the second Riders reliever called up this month, joining Ricardo Rodríguez , who joined the Rangers on August 8.
The RoughRiders open a seven-game road trip Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. in San Antonio. The Riders return to Dr Pepper Ballpark for the final seven games of the season August 29-September 4. For tickets to all remaining home games, click here, call (972) 731-9200, or stop by the RoughRiders Ticket Office at Dr Pepper Ballpark.
About the RoughRiders
The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their games at beautiful Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. The team was founded in 2003 and has finished first among all Double-A franchises in attendance in each of the last 12 seasons (2005-2016). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg. The new ownership group, together with the city of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise improvements over the past two seasons, investing more than $8 million in a wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including a new state-of-the-art HD video board, sound system, Bull Moose Saloon, InTouch Grille, Riders Outpost Team Store, and the newest and biggest creation, the 174-foot Choctaw Lazy River. The upgrades made prior to the 2015 season earned the Riders and the City of Frisco "Best Ballpark Renovation" of 2015 by Ballpark Digest. The same publication also honored the Choctaw Lazy River as the best ballpark improvement over $1 million for the 2016 season. More than 130 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including All-Stars Chris Davis, Adrián González, Ian Kinsler, and Nelson Cruz, as well as current Rangers stars Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor, and Nomar Mazara. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders and Dr Pepper Ballpark, please visit RidersBaseball.com or contact Art Garcia at [email protected] or Ryan Rouillard at [email protected].