Eric Yardley had an impressive first season with the Milwaukee Brewers.
It’s been almost a year since the Brewers claimed him off waivers from the San Diego Padres in November 2019. It is likely that you will see him on the 2021 Brewers roster.
Regular Season/Postseason Numbers
Yardley finished the 2020 season with a record of 2-0 and an impressive ERA of 1.54 over 24 games.
His regular season even earned him a postseason appearance. He pitched two and one third innings and recorded two strikeouts. No hits or earned runs.
The 30-year-old Washington native made his Brewers debut on Saturday, July 25th against the Chicago Cubs.
He pitched a great inning, ending with no hits and a strikeout. He helped the Brewers get their first win of the season.
Yardley didn’t give up his first earned run until his eighth appearance on August 12th. It also happened to be a home run during a blowout loss to the Minnesota Twins.
Over the 60-game season and 24 games, Yardley only gave up 19 hits total and six earned runs. He ended with 19 strikeouts, averaging almost one strikeout per inning pitched.
Slo Mo sidearm action is mesmerizing. This is Eric Yardley. #Brewers. pic.twitter.com/uxEDp11ggy
— Greg Matzek (@gmatzek) February 18, 2020
2019 Season to Compare
David Stearns is usually fantastic at findings players with potential and giving them a chance. Yardley made his season count.
Yardley made his major league debut in 2019 for the Padres. After battling some injuries, Eric had a 0–1 record with a 2.31 ERA and seven strikeouts over 11 2⁄3 innings. Milwaukee claimed him when he was designated for assignment in November.
Yardley showed signs of talent throughout his minor league career, including a 2017 Mid-Season All Star selection for the San Antonio Missions. Milwaukee signed him at the right time and with the right bullpen. He was a great fit as a sidearm pitcher to mix things up between other relievers like Brent Suter, Alex Claudio, Devin Williams and Josh Hader.
There should be no reason the Milwaukee Brewers don’t bring him back for the 2021 season.
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