Ryan Patrick Garton...Twitter: @Gartainian12...Instagram: @garton12...resides in Trinity, FL...father, Ed, appeared with the Little Falls Mets of the New York-Penn League in 1981...his grandfather, Ed Garton Sr., pitched for two seasons in the Pirates organization...played four seasons (2009-12) at Florida Atlantic.
Was in Seattle spring training as minor league invite...began season with Triple-A Tacoma...Went 3-0, 3.46 ERA (26.0 IP, 10 ER) with opponents hitting .240 in 12 games before having contract selected by Mariners May 17...Appeared in two games for the Mariners (3.0 IP, 4 ER) before being designated for release or assignment May 21 and was outrighted to Tacoma three days later...Spent rest of season with the Rainiers, going 1-2, 4.35 ERA (39.1 IP, 19 ER) in final 27 games...Combined to go 4-2, 4.35 (68.1 IP, 33 ER) with 31 walks and 78 strikeouts in 41 games between both levels combined...held left-handed batters to a .220 average and right-handers to a .252 average...Signed as minor league free agent with Minnesota November 26.
In 35 games with Triple-A Tacoma, was 1-0 with 4 saves and 3.16 ERA (15 ER, 42.2 IP) with 43 strikeouts and 24 walks…held opponents to a .182 (27x148) average…had at least 1 strikeout in 26 of 35 outings…from June 22-Aug. 3, posted a 0.95 ERA (2 ER, 19.0 IP) in 15 games…on the minor league DL, April 26-May 27, with right elbow tendinitis.
Had surgery to repair his right hip labrum on Oct. 24…was 0-1 with 4.91 ERA (12 ER, 22.0 IP) with 16 strikeouts in 20 relief appearances with Tampa Bay and Seattle…had 1.54 ERA (2 ER, 11.1 IP) with 7 strikeouts in 13 relief outings with Seattle in September…acquired from Tampa Bay in 5-player trade Aug. 6…had three stints with Rays (April 22-30, May 24-28 and May 31-June 10), going 0-1 with 8.71 ERA (10 ER, 10.1 IP) in 7 games…was 2-2 with 4 saves and 2.80 ERA (14 ER, 45.0 IP) with 61 strikeouts with AAA Durham & AAA Tacoma.
Made 37 apps over four stints with the Rays in his first major league action: May 25-June 16, June 21-July 14, Aug 2-19 and Sep 1 through season's end…only two right-handed pitchers appeared in more games for the Rays: Erasmo Ramirez (64) and Alex Colomé (57)...Was one of seven Rays rookie relievers in 2016…was 2nd among them in apps behind Enny Romero (52)...Selected in the 34th round of the 2012 June Draft, becoming the lowest-round pick drafted by the Rays to play for them in the majors since RH Chad Gaudin, a 34th-round selection in 2001...Made his major league debut on May 26 vs. MIA…allowed 6 hits, most ever by a Rays reliever in his major league debut (prev. RH Mitch Talbot, 5 hits on Sep 15, 2008 vs. BOS)...Earned his first career win on June 14 vs. SEA, recording the final 2 outs of the 7th inning before Corey Dickerson's go-ahead single in the bottom half of the frame...In a 6-4 loss on June 16 vs. SEA, established career highs with 2.2 IP and 5 SO and did not yield a run…entered the 4th inning in relief of LH Blake Snell...His 4 runs allowed on June 30 vs. DET were the most by a Ray without recording an out since Joel Peralta on April 13, 2012 at BOS (4)…allowed 4 consecutive singles to start the 9th...Earned his first big league save on July 4 vs. LAA, recording the final 2 outs of a 4-2 victory...On Aug 12 at NYY, was the opposing pitcher in Alex Rodriguez's final at-bat as a Yankee…induced a groundout to short in the 7th inning...Pitched his best after the September call up… his 14 apps after Sep 1 tied RH Danny Farquhar and RH Brad Boxberger for the team lead…compiled a 3.55 ERA (12.2-IP, 5-ER)...Spent the remainder of the season with Triple-A Durham, where he went 4-0 with 2 saves and 39 SO in 32 IP.