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Friday, April 5, 2024

Rudy Gardey stopped streak in college, saw two seasons

Rudy Gardey 1990 Salinas Spurs card

On a three-game losing streak, Canada College in California called on hurler Rudy Gardey and he delivered, The Peninsula Times Tribune wrote.

Gardey responded by striking out 11 and giving up five hits in the 6-2 win, The Times Tribune wrote.

Gardey went on to turn pro. His pro career, however, proved brief. He saw parts of two seasons. He topped out at high-A.

Gardey's career began in 1988, taken by the Braves in the 45th round of the draft out of Canada College.

Early that March in 1988, The Times Tribune noted Gardey, a transfer from the College of San Mateo, was the team's top pitcher. He'd also been clocked at 90 mph.

Gardey started with the Braves at rookie Idaho Falls. He saw 15 outings, 14 starts. He went 2-4, with a 6.21 ERA. That season proved his only season with the Braves.

Gardey isn't recorded as playing in 1989. But he returned in 1990 to sign with the independent Salinas Spurs. He saw three relief appearances. He gave up two earned in 6.2 innings. 

But the team hit a 15-game losing streak and and released several players, including Gardey. That release proved the end of Gardey's career.

Rudy Gardey 1990 Salinas Spurs card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,344
Made the Majors:1,401-32.3%
Never Made Majors:2,943-67.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:570
10+ Seasons in the Minors:352

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