December 8, 2010

Two Former Gauchos Honored

Dec. 8, 2010

Two former UC Santa Barbara baseball players were recently honored among the best in their respective organizations.

Infielder Ryan Cavan, part of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, and pitcher Joe Gardner, who is in the Cleveland Indians organization, were both ranked among the best in minor league baseball.

Cavan batted .283 with 17 home runs and 79 RBI for the Augusta Green Jackets in the Class A South Atlantic League. He posted an on-base percentage of .352 in 136 games. The article, which can be seen by clicking here names Cavan the Giants organization top second baseman.

"Second baseman -- Ryan Cavan, Augusta (136 games): Another slow starter, Cavan batted .311 with 14 homers and 50 RBIs over 68 games in the second half of the season. His 17 homers and 79 RBIs overall ranked fifth and fourth, respectively, in the San Francisco system. Cavan's season was highlighted by Sally League Player of the Week honors in late June after posting a .474 average with two homers, three doubles and six RBIs.

Although he committed 26 errors, Cavan was a stalwart in the field for the GreenJackets, playing 133 games at second base for the SAL's top defensive team."

Gardner went 13-6 with a 2.75 ERA and 142 strikeouts in 147.1 innings between two minor league teams within the Cleveland organization. Last season he was ranked as the No. 54 prospect amongst the Indians and this season Baseball America rated him the Tribe's No. 9 prospect. See the full article by clicking here.

"No. 9: Joe Gardner: Joe Gardner was selected in the third round in the 2009 draft. Gardner made quite a splash in the Indians organization this year. Gardner started the year in Low A Lake County, and made quick work there, going 1-0 with a 3.24 ERA in only six starts.

He moved up to High A Kinston, and did an even better job, going 12-6 with a 2.65 ERA in 22 starts. He finished first in the organization in wins and K's, and had an overall 2.75 ERA. Opponents hit .197 against him. He has a wicked sinker and commands the lower part of the plate, and has a 3.21 GO/AO ratio. There's nothing about this kid that doesn't sound off the alarms of being a solid top-of-the-rotation starter. Will his breaking stuff translate to AA and higher? I believe it will. Look for Gardner to really rise to the top this season."

UCSB will host its second annual baseball fundraising dinner, which will take place on Friday, Jan. 28. After having special guest Tommy Lasorda speak, this year's ceremony will be called "A Night With An Angel" and feature Angels manager Mike Scioscia. For more information or details on this exciting event, please contact Christina Baglas at (805) 893-5372 or e-mail her at: christina.baglas@athletics.ucsb.edu.