Beach Bums Pitching Staff Gains Starting Power
TRAVERSE CITY, MI— The Traverse City Beach Bums are excited to announce the signing of RHP Rob Gariano. Photograph provided by and used with the permission of Fairfield University.
Gariano was drafted in the 36th round of the 2010 MLB draft by the San Diego Padres and kicked off his professional career with a 13 game stint for the Arizona League Padres, a San Diego rookie affiliate. He started eight games and posted a 3-3 record with a 4.24 ERA and 46.2 innings. Gariano totaled 33 strikeouts while only allowing 13 free passes. At the end of the season he was promoted to the low A affiliate Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League. With the Emeralds Gariano appeared in three games including one start and struck out nine batters in 8.0 IP.
Gariano's best year came as a junior when he posted a 5-4 record and a 3.43 ERA. In 12 starts, he struck out 88 batters while only allowing 19 walks. He also tallied four complete games and two shutouts in 84 IP. A 2010 graduate of Fairfield University, Gariano finished his collegiate career as the all-time strikeout leader for the Stags with 293, breaking a 31 year old school record. The two time First Team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) selection also set the all-time career innings pitched mark with 323.1 as well as top ten for wins (17), complete games (12), and appearances (52).
"Gariano is a great addition to the staff,” says Director of Baseball Operations, Jason Wuerfel. “He is a power pitcher that isn't afraid to pitch inside and challenge hitters. He is a leader and a competitor, and we're excited to see what he can do for us this summer."
The Traverse City Beach Bums are members of the Frontier League, an independent baseball league with teams in seven Midwest states. The Beach Bums are entering their sixth season of play in 2011. Season tickets are now on sale with individual game tickets going on sales Saturday, April 30th at the 6th Annual Beach Bums FANFest. The Beach Bums will be hosting the Rockford RiverHawks in their season opener at Wuerfel Park on a FANtastic Fireworks Friday, May 27, 2011. First pitch will be at 7:05 PM with gates opening one hour prior. Please phone 231-943-0100 for more information.