Randy Yard

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Randall Stewart Yard

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Biographical Information[edit]

Randy Yard pitched one season in the minors.

The Atlanta Braves took Yard in the 37th round of the 2007 amateur draft, one pick before Scott Alexander, but he opted for college. Yard was 3-0 with a save, 1.88 ERA and .209 opponent average at the University of Hawaii in 2011. The Cincinnati Reds then chose him in the 36th round of the 2011 amateur draft; the scout was Rex de la Nuez.

Yard was 1-0 with a 4.95 ERA in 14 games for the 2011 GCL Reds. He later pitched and coached in New Zealand for the Counties Baseball team. He was pitching coach for New Zealand in the 2014 U-15 Oceania Championship. He then pitched for the New Zealand national team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers. Despite his pro experience, he wound up with the highest ERA on the team, his 40.50 being 50% worse than Ben Cone's 27.00. Yard saw his only action in the opener against South Africa. Relieving Jamie Wilson with a 3-0 deficit in the top of the 9th, he allowed hits to Anthony Phillips and Jonathan Phillips and plunked Kyle Botha. Brett Willemburg grounded in one run. Rowan Ebersohn hit into a force at home. Riki Paewai relieved and let both inherited runners score to give Yard 3 runs in 2/3 of an inning.