Gardner was drafted by the Yankees in the third round in 2005, the highest draft pick in CofC baseball history. He finished his CofC career with a .368 batting average, 141 RBI, 16 triples and a school-record 97 stolen bases. Gardner famously joined the Cougars as a walk-on, but his natural speed and fierce determination made him one of the best players in program history.
A native of Holly Hill, S.C., Gardner has been out of the Yankee lineup since April 18 with a strained elbow. In just nine games played in 2012, Gardner has a .321 batting average with three RBI and two steals. Gardner won a World Series with the Yankees in 2009 and he tied Coco Crisp for the most steals (48) in the American League in 2011.
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