Eric Christian Yardley...son of Chris and Michelle Yardley...has one brother, Brian, who played collegiate baseball at Gonzaga University...was a three-year varsity letter winner for the Richland (VA) High School Bombers...played four years and majored in education at Seattle University, where he was inducted into their Hall of Fame in March 2019... after going undrafted in 2013, was going to pursue a Master's degree...drove 20 hours to New Mexico to play in the Independent Pecos League...played for the Taos Blizzard and Trinidad Triggers...roots for the Seattle Seahawks... originally signed by Padres scout Justin Baughman.
Split the season between El Paso (AAA) and San Antonio (AA), making 48 appearances with a 5-4 record and a 4.13 ERA...Went 10 straight appearances (all with SA) without giving up a single run (4/25-5/18)...Among all SA pitchers who also did not start a game, his 39.1 IP ranked second behind Jason Jester's 60.1 IP...On the road with ELP, owned a perfect 0.00 ERA in seven appearances and 10.1 IP and a .147 opponent clip...at home with ELP, had a 10.32 ERA (13 ER, 11.1 IP) with a .385 opponent AVG...On the road with SA, he owned a 5.30 ERA (11 ER, 18.2 IP) with a .333 opponent clip...at home with SA, had a 1.74 ERA (5 ER, 20.2 IP) and a .214 opponent average...Made 14 relief appearances for the Gigantes in the Dominican Winter League, posting a 3.38 ERA with seven SO.
Split the season between El Paso (AAA) and San Antonio (AA), posting a combined 2.05 ERA (16 ER, 70.1 IP)...Converted six of 10 save opportunities between the two clubs, appearing in 49 games (all in relief)...Fanned a career-high 60 batters (52 with the Missions and eight with the Chihuahuas)...Named a Texas League Mid-Season All-Star...prior to the All-Star game, owned a 3-0 record and a 2.21 ERA in 25 appearances...His 2.05 ERA is the second-best mark in a single season (behind his 1.89 ERA in 2013 with the AZL Padres...in each of his five professional seasons, he has yet to have an ERA over 3.00...Posted a 1.04 WHIP while with San Antonio and a 0.89 WHIP with El Paso...Allowed just 20 runs to score and 16 earned runs, his best marks since his first professional season in 2013 with the AZL Padres, when he allowed five runs and four earned runs in 12 appearances...Following the season, made 18 relief appearances for Gigantes del Cibao of the Domincan Winter League, posting a 2-1 record with a 0.48 ERA (1 ER, 18.2 IP).
Appeared in 12 games with San Antonio (AA) and 37 games with El Paso (AAA), owning a cumulative 2.93 ERA (23 ER, 70.2 IP)...Tossed a career-high 70.2 innings between the two clubs...While with El Paso, had a 1.42 ERA (4 ER, 25.1 IP) on the road and a 4.13 ERA (13 ER, 28.1 IP) at home...Tossed a career-high 5.0 innings on 7/24 at Sacramento...allowed just two hits and not a single earned run...also fanned a career-high five batters in the game...Yardley's 2.85 ERA in 37 games with El Paso was the lowest mark on the pitching staff (among those who made at least 10 appearances).
Owned a 2.97 ERA (22 ER, 66.2 IP) between Lake Elsinore (A) and San Antonio (AA) in 52 total appearances...Named a California League Mid-Season All-Star...had a 3.94 ERA (13 ER, 29.2 IP) with 25 strikeouts across 26 games...His 16 saves (all with the Storm) set a career-high in a season...Named to the Arizona Fall League's Rising Stars game after the season.
Appeared in 42 games with Fort Wayne (A) and four games with San Antonio (AA), fostering a 2.95 ERA (21 ER, 64.0 IP) and fanning 59 batters
Spent his first professional season with the AZL Padres (R), going 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA (4 ER, 19.0 IP) in 12 appearances.