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Former Texas Tech OF Gardner signs with Rangers, reports to rookie league affiliate

Posted: June 20, 2017 - 5:36pm

Texas Tech’s Tanner Gardner will get his opportunity to join a Major League Baseball roster.

Gardner, who was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the ninth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft last week, signed Tuesday with the organization and is expected to report to the rookie league affiliate Arizona Rangers in Surprise, Arizona.

The Frisco Centennial standout, who helped Texas Tech earned a regional berth in back-to-back seasons for the second time in program history, is expected to fetch close to $137,800 according to his pick value on MLB.com.

He was drafted as an outfielder.

Despite a pair of lingering ankle injuries injuries, Gardner finished his junior season strong by hitting .305 with 17 doubles, two triples and five home runs. He appeared in and started in 54 games, while tallying three of his home runs in the NCAA Lubbock Regional against Sam Houston State on June 3-4.

In four games during the Lubbock regional, Gardner went 7 for 18 with six RBIs and three home runs.

— Carlos Silva Jr., A-J Media

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