July 12, 2012
CINCINNATI -- Former University of Cincinnati pitcher Brian Garman (Wapakoneta, Ohio/Wapakoneta) is one step closer to playing Major League Baseball after his promotion Wednesday evening to Double-A Huntsville of the Southern League.
The southpaw, who pitched at UC from 2007 through 2010, began the season with the Single-A Advanced Brevard County Manatees of the Florida State League. In 22 appearances, including one start, Garman posted a 3-3 win-loss record with a glistening 1.88 earned run average and 46 strikeouts in 38 1-3 innings pitched. He held opponents to a .215 batting average and produced 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings.
Garman, a 2010 All-BIG EAST Conference Third Team honoree, was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers with 14th pick of the 17th round (pick No. 519) of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He spent the 2010 professional season in the Rookie League with the Helena (Mont.) Brewers before pitching for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Single-A Midwest League.
Garman is the third former Bearcat playing in Double-A or higher, joining infielder Mike Spina of the Double-A Midland (Texas) Rockhounds and catcher Ryan Baker of the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
With three major leaguers - Josh Harrison, Tony Campana and Kevin Youkilis - Cincinnati ranked second in the BIG EAST Conference in 2011 with the most alumni playing in the "The Show."