Gearrin with the Mississippi Braves in 2009
|San Francisco Giants – No. 62|
April 14, 1986 |
|April 25, 2011, for the Atlanta Braves|
(through 2016 season)
|Earned run average||4.30|
Cory Nathanial Gearrin (born April 14, 1986), nicknamed "The Bull", is an American professional baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Atlanta Braves.
Prior to playing professionally, Gearrin attended Rhea County High School, Young Harris College, and Mercer University. In 2007, Gearrin's junior season at Mercer, he went 4–3 with a 2.44 ERA in 26 relief appearances. He had 13 saves and 65 strikeouts in 44 innings of work, allowing only 15 hits. Gearrin was then drafted by the Braves in the fourth round of the 2007 amateur draft.
He began his professional career in 2007, going 1–1 with a 4.44 ERA in 18 relief appearances, striking out 37 batters in 26 1⁄3 innings of work for the Danville Braves. The following season, he went 6–3 with a 4.11 ERA in 36 relief appearances for the Rome Braves and Myrtle Beach Pelicans, striking out 72 batters in 46 innings pitched. In 2009, Gearrin played for the Pelicans and Mississippi Braves, going a combined 1–4 with a 2.30, saving 19 games. He pitched for the Gwinnett Braves in 2010, going 3–5 with a 3.36 ERA in 52 relief appearances.
On April 22, 2011, Gearrin was called up to Atlanta's major league team from AAA Gwinnett, a move that General Manager, Frank Wren, described as a "necessity." In the bottom of the ninth of a tied game against San Diego on April 25, 2011, Gearrin made his major league debut by retiring the side in order and getting a strikeout. Returning to the mound for the bottom of the tenth, Gearrin again retired the Padres in order while registering another strikeout. On May 1, 2011, Gearrin recorded his first blown save after giving up the tying run in the 7th inning to the St. Louis Cardinals, a game the Braves later came back to win.
After being recalled to the Braves from Gwinnett once again on April 24, 2012, when Jair Jurrjens was sent down, Gearrin was sent back down 5 days later when Tim Hudson was activated from the DL having not appeared with the Braves.
During the 2013 season, Gearrin became a key part of the Braves bullpen due to many injuries to regular relief pitchers. Despite a good start to the season (a 1.46 ERA in April and a 2.13 ERA in May), Gearrin's ERA increased significantly in June (10.80 in six appearances). After allowing two earned runs during a relief appearance on July 3, Gearrin was optioned to Gwinnett for the first time in 2013 on July 5. In 2014, Gearrin attended Spring Training with the Braves. He was likely to earn one of the open roster spots in the bullpen, but Gearrin left his last outing with discomfort in his right elbow. It was later revealed that Gearrin would need Tommy John Surgery and miss the 2014 season. He was released by the Braves on November 10, 2014.
San Francisco Giants
Gearrin signed a minor league deal to join the San Francisco Giants in December 2014. He was called up to the Giants in September 2015 and appeared in seven games, pitching 3 2⁄3 innings. In 2016, Gearrin was named to the opening day Major League roster for the Giants.
Gearrin and the Giants avoided salary arbitration on December 3, 2016, by agreeing to a one-year, $1.05 million contract for the 2017 season.
- BR Minors
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