- Full name Robert Cole Garner
- Born 12/15/1984 in Long Beach, CA
- Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 215 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School La Quinta
- Debut 07/04/2011
Drafted in the 26th round (767th overall) by the Colorado Rockies in 2003.
View Draft ReportOF Cole Garner transferred to La Quinta High for his senior year, knowing he would get maximum exposure with Ian Kennedy and Ian Stewart on his team. He took advantage of his opportunity by outhomering Stewart, regarded as one of the best power hitters in the draft. Garner has a pro ball persona and his tools profile well. He has committed to Cal State Fullerton and is projected to be drafted in the fourth to sixth rounds.
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Best known as a high school teammate of Ian Stewart and Ian Kennedy, Garner has battled his way to the point that he's on the verge of joining them in the big leagues. He was one of three position players--along with catchers Wilin Rosario and Jordan Pacheco--added to Colorado's 40-man roster in the offseason. Garner signed as a 26th-rounder in 2003, and his career initially was slowed by shoulder surgery, resulting in his pro debut being delayed until 2005. He then had an ill-fated experiment with switch-hitting. A power bat, Garner has never had problems hitting fastballs or hanging breaking balls, but has shown a propensity to chase breaking pitches out of the zone. With the help of veteran Jay Payton and Colorado Springs hitting coach Rene Lachemann, he finally showed an ability to adjust during at-bats. He also became more consistent in driving the ball the other way. He could become more than an extra outfielder but will need to get better jumps and read the ball off the bat better, and he tends to shy away from walls. Garner will get a shot as a righthanded backup in the corner positions in the big leagues this year.