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Ryan Garko

Ryan Garko
MLB Player information
NameRyan Garko
PositionFirst baseman / Designated hitter
BatsRight
ThrowsRight
MLB debutSeptember 18, 2005 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
Batting average.275
Home runs55
Runs batted in250
Teams
* Cleveland Indians (2005 2009) * San Francisco Giants (2009) * Texas Rangers (2010) * Samsung Lions (KBO) (2011)

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Ryan Francis Garko (born January 2, 1981 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a professional baseball outfielder, first baseman, and designated hitter, who plays for the Samsung Lions of the Korean Baseball Organization. In college, he was a catcher. He has played for the Cleveland Indians, the San Francisco Giants, and the Texas Rangers in Major League Baseball. Garko is seen by former ESPN reporter John Sickels as a good hitter who hits to all parts of the field, but with poor defensive instincts. He is not strikeout prone; however, he does not generate a large amount of walks.

When he attended Stanford University, Garko won the Johnny Bench Award and was named the Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year his senior year. He was also voted onto the College World Series Legends Team, featuring 28 of the best College World Series players as voted upon by fans, writers, and head coaches. During his time in the Cleveland Indians' organization, Garko was converted into a first baseman. In 2006, Baseball America ranked him as the fifth best prospect in the Indians organization, including being the best at hitting for average.


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