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Three Effingham Natives Now Playing Major League Baseball

Post Date:08/24/2017 3:28 PM

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The City of Effingham has a lot to be proud of and that includes our area athletes. Not many towns with a population of 12,500 can boast 3 pitchers in the Major Leagues at one time. Chad Green, Danny Winkler and Nick Gardewine were all standout athletes in the Effingham area who have gone on to do big things in their professional baseball career. We are proud of these men and look forward to watching their careers play out in the Majors. 

Chad Green is currently a pitcher for the New York Yankees. He graduated from Effingham High School and was promptly drafted in the 37th round of the 2010 MLB draft and then again in the 11th round of the 2013 MLB draft by the Detroit Tigers. He was traded to the New York Yankees in 2016 and called up to the Major Leagues on May 14, 2016.  He’s done a stellar job pitching in relief and he’s even had a few spot starts for the Yankees. 

Daniel Winkler is currently a pitcher for the Atlanta Braves. He graduated from St. Anthony High School and was promptly drafted in the 43rd round of the 2010 MLB draft by the Chicago Cubs and again in the 20th round of the 2011 MLB draft by the Colorado Rockies. In 2014, he was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the Rule 5 Draft. Winkler had an impressive start in the Major Leagues, but was put on the disabled list with injuries and has battled his way back to the Majors. Hewas just reactivated in August 2017 and we look forward to see what he can do the rest of this season with the Braves.

Nick Gardewine is currently a pitcher for the Texas Rangers. Nick graduated from Effingham High School and was selected in the 7th round of the 2013 MLB draft by the Texas Rangers. He was just recently called up to the majors for the first time in August 2017. We look forward to see what Gardewine can do the rest of the season with the Rangers. 

We love seeing Effingham being represented by these young men. Mayor Bloemker states, “This is clearly a strong testimonial to the dedication, commitment, and talent we have in the Effingham area when it comes to athletics. And as we all know, these same attributes carry over to success in other fields, as well.” The City of Effingham wishes them the best of luck in their MLB careers.