Nicklaus Jordan Gardewine…is named after legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus…went 9-1 with a 2.12 ERA (20 ER/85.0 IP), 84 strikeouts, and 4 complete games in 13 games/starts as a freshman at Kaskaskia College in Centralia, IL… led the Blue Devils in wins, starts, innings, strikeouts, and ERA en route to the school's first-ever trip to the NJCAA Division I World Series…tossed a no-hitter in his 3rd collegiate start on 3/8/13 vs. Lake Land College… was 8-1 with a 0.76 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 55 innings of work as a senior at Effingham (IL) High School…was a valedictorian in his graduating class…graduated from the same high school as former Ranger and current Nashville pitching coach Brian Shouse, as well as Yankees pitcher Chad Green…also played basketball in high school.
Made 3 appearances over 3 stints with the Rangers: 3/31-4/1, 5/2, and 8/25-end of season…registered a 3.60 ERA (2 ER/5.0 IP) with 0 BB/4 SO… made 2 appearances in season opening series 3/31 & 4/1 vs. HOU, and tossed 2.0 scoreless innings on 5/2 at CLE (career-high 34 pitches)…opponents went 7-for-21 with 3 XBH (2 2B, 3B)…was recalled from Round Rock on 3/31 following injury to Delino DeShields and joined Texas on 5/2 when Chris Martin was placed on the DL…final stint was for 60-day DL purposes to create a roster spot on the major league roster, as he was on the DL from 8/25-end of season with a right forearm strain.
Opened the season on the Express roster, but did not pitch prior to his 1st promotion to the Rangers…overall, appeared in 12 G for Round Rock, going 2-1, 7.30 (10 ER/12.1 IP) with 17 strikeouts… allowed 5 R-ER in his 1st outing on 4/6 vs. Memphis, then posted a 3.75 ERA (5 ER/12.0 IP) over his final 11 appearances…last pitched on 5/15 at Iowa, throwing just 4 pitches and retiring only batter faced…was on the Express DL from 5/16-8/24, at which point he was recalled and added to the Rangers' 60-day disabled list from 8/25-end of season.
Compiled a 5.63 ERA (5 ER/8.0 IP) and 2.125 WHIP over 12 relief appearances with the Rangers, his 1st major league action…made his ML debut in August…had 2 stints with the Rangers: 8/21-24 and 9/3-end of season.
TEXAS // Had contract purchased from Frisco on 8/21 after Matt Bush suffered a knee sprain the previous day…only outing in 1st stint was ML debut on 8/22 at LAA, when he became 1st pitcher in TEX history to allow 3+ UER in a debut...surrendered a 3-run HR to Albert Pujols following an error that extended the inning…rejoined the club as a September call up on 9/3 and allowed 5 R-ER over 7.1 IP during 2nd stint…permitted runs in 4 of 12 appearances overall…whiffed 3 of 40 BF, but opponents swung and missed on 25.3% of pitches.
FRISCO // Spent balance of season with Frisco, going 1-2 with 6 saves, 2.21 ERA (9 ER/36.2 IP) in 33 relief appearances… compiled a career-best 13.01 SO/9 at the minor league level… surrendered just 2 HR in 36.2 IP (0.5 HR/9)…had a 3.18 ERA (2 ER/5.2 IP) over 1st 6 outings before residing on the disabled from 4/21-5/30 with a right elbow strain…compiled a 2.25 ERA (7 ER/28.0 IP) with 40 strikeouts over 24 outings after return from the disabled list and prior to 1st stint with Texas…retired all 9 BF in final 3 outings with the 'Riders.
Did not join High Desert until 5/20, but recorded a team-high 7 saves in his 1st season working exclusively in a relief role…opponents batted just .198 (39-197), including .159 (18-113) by right-handed hitters…stranded 12 of 15 inherited runners and held opponents to a .189 average (7-37) with RISP… converted all 3 save chances in the postseason.
Logged the 3rd-most innings on the Hickory staff…was 2-1, 2.70 (4 ER/13.1 IP) as a reliever and 4-7, 4.57 (42 ER/82.2 IP) as a starter…left-handed batters hit .312 (53-170), while opponents batted .293 (111-379) overall…started season in the bullpen, but joined rotation on 5/11 for the remainder of the season…placed on disabled list 8/28 with right shoulder strain for the remainder of the season.
Tied for the Spokane club lead with 7 victories, tied for 3rd in the Northwest League…went 5-2 with a 6.45 ERA (27 ER/37.2 IP) over first 9 starts and 1-1 with a 2.41 ERA (9 ER/33.2 IP) over final 6 outings…earned NWL Pitcher of the Week honors twice in August (8/4-10 and 8/18- 24).
Held AZL batters to a .193 average (34-176) in his professional debut…was 2-3 with a 2.33 ERA (7 ER/27.0 IP) as a reliever and 1-0 with a 4.35 ERA (10 ER/20.2 IP) as a starter.