The Colorado Rockies signed starting pitcher Jon Garland to a one-year, $500,000 deal a few days ago and the gamble already appears to be paying off.
Garland was impressive in his spring debut with the Rockies as he assured the organization that he is the real deal with his solid performance. The right-hander gave up only one earned run on five hits in six innings in a win against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday afternoon. He also posted a 2.54 groundout-to-air out ratio, which is something the Rockies are certainly looking for from the 12-year veteran.
“I really felt the same as the last outing prior to this one, another six-inning job,” Garland told Rockies.com. “Tonight, I was feeling good, staying on top of the ball and driving to the zone.”
The 33-year old went 1-0 with a 2.24 earned run average and four strikeouts in four starts for the Seattle Mariners this spring. Unfortunately, the Mariners could not find room for him in the starting rotation and released him.
Garland has not appeared in the big leagues since 2011 when he posted a 1-5 record with a 4.33 earned run average and 28 strikeouts in nine starts for the Dodgers. A nagging shoulder injury was the main culprit for the meager numbers. It was also the reason he was unable to pitch last season.
Garland is prepared to get his career back on track, and his performance so far in Spring Training proves he has what it takes to be effective in the big leagues once again. I have a feeling Colorado will not regret taking a chance on Garland as his veteran leadership in the starting rotation should do wonders for the team.