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David Garner

#79 | RHP
Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs
David Garner
Name: David Lewis Garner
Born: Sep 21, 1992 in Niles, Mich. USA
High School: Niles (Mich.) HS
Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 180 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 7th round (198th overall) by the Chicago Cubs in 2013 (signed for $175,000)
Garner has one of the stronger arms in the Big 10 Conference, reaching 94 mph with his fastball and flashing a plus slider. He sits in the low 90s with his heater, though it's not overpowering because it lacks life and his long arm action allows hitters to see it well coming out of his hand. He also tends to drift offline from the plate, which costs him command and leads to inconsistent results. His best outing of the season came when he allowed one run in 8 1/3 innings against a strong Kentucky lineup on March 9, but Garner also failed to win any of his first six starts in conference play. He has made improvements to his changeup, though he projects as a reliever because he's 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds. His stuff should play up and could become more reliable in shorter stints. A 33rd-round choice by the Reds from a Michigan high school in 2010, Garner could become Michigan State's highest draft pick since the Mets took Bobby Malek in the fourth round in 2002.
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