Kyle Bruce Garlick (born January 26, 1992) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2019. Prior to his professional career, he played college baseball for the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos, where he set the single-season record for home runs.
Garlick with the Tulsa Drillers
|Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 41|
|Born: January 26, 1992|
La Habra, California
|May 19, 2019, for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|MLB statistics |
(through August 15, 2019)
|Runs batted in||6|
Garlick graduated from Chino Hills High School in Chino Hills, California. He enrolled at the University of Oregon and played college baseball for the Oregon Ducks for three years. An injury and a family health scare during his junior season led to him putting up sub-par numbers and not being selected for the 2014 MLB draft. He then transferred to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) and played for the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos in 2015. That year, he set the Broncos single-season home run record with his 17th home run, breaking Travis Taijeron's previous record of 16. He finished the year with a .358 batting average and 17 home runs.
The Dodgers selected Garlick in the 28th round of the 2015 MLB draft. He received a $1,000 signing bonus from the Dodgers. Garlick played in 60 games across four different levels in 2015, hitting .349. He began the following season with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the Class A-Advanced California League, where he hit three home runs, including an inside the park one, in a game against the Lancaster JetHawks on April 19. In 49 games with the Quakes, he hit .306 with 11 home runs and 37 runs batted in (RBIs). He was chosen to represent them at the mid-season all-star game, though he was unable to play in the game as a result of a promotion to the Tulsa Drillers of the Double-A Texas League.
In 2017, Garlick was named to the mid-season Texas League all-star game, but missed that game as the result of a hand injury. He hit .239 in 74 games for the Drillers with 17 home runs and 42 RBIs. The next year, he started with Tulsa before an early season promotion to the Oklahoma City Dodgers of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. Between the two levels, he hit .259 with 22 home runs and 60 RBIs.
The Dodgers promoted Garlick to the major leagues on May 17, 2019. He lined out to left field in his first MLB at-bat, as a pinch hitter on May 19 against the Cincinnati Reds. On June 8, 2019, Garlick recorded his first MLB hit, a pinch-hit double off of Jeff Samardzija of the San Francisco Giants. On June 19, 2019, Garlick hit his first major league home run off of Drew Pomeranz of the San Francisco Giants.
Garlick's mother, Cary, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014.
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