2014: Selected in the eighth round (244th overall) of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals. Closed All-American season hitting .313 with nine home runs, 68 RBI, 20 doubles and a .525 slugging percentage in 65 starts. Hit .333 with a home run and five RBI in four starts at American Championship to earn All-Tournament Team honors. Went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in May 22 win over Memphis to begin American Championship. Was 3-for-3 with a home run, a double and two RBI in May 16 win over Cincinnati. Homered in each of the final two games of the series victory at Temple on May 10-11. Was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI in win at No. 10 Vanderbilt on May 6. Named AAC Player of the Week on May 5 after hitting .471 with eight RBI, one home run and two doubles in Cardinals' 4-0 week from April 30-May 4. Had two hits in each of the team's three wins at USF on May 3-4. Connected for his fifth home run of the season, doubled and drove in three in win over Ohio State on April 30. Was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in April 27 win over UConn. Belted fourth home run of the season with his two-run shot in the first inning of the April 18 win at UCF. Went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in win at Purdue on April 8. Was 2-for-4 with two RBI in game two of weekend series with Memphis. Finished 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in series-opening win against Tigers on April 4. Went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI in March 30 win over Xavier. Was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in win over Rutgers on March 22. Had three-run double in the first inning of series-opening win over Rutgers. Went 3-for-5 with two RBI and scored twice in series-opening win over Samford on March 15. Was 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBI and one run scored in win over WIU on March 11. Connected for his third home run of the season and added a double with three RBI in March 9 win over Miami. Was 2-for-3 with two RBI and scored twice in March 1 win over Toledo. Hit second home run of the season and drove in three overall in Feb. 28 win over Rockets. Finished 3-of-4 with a double and two RBI in Feb. 21 series-opening win over Western Michigan. Was 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored in home-opening win over Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 19. Named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Feb. 17 after hitting .417 with one home run, two doubles and six RBI in season-opening trio of games at The Citadel. Went 2-for-4 with three-run triple and scored once in win over Delaware in weekend finale in Charleston, S.C. Connected for game-winning walk-off home run, a solo shot to right, in 10-inning win over West Virginia on opening day.
2013: Earned First Team All-BIG EAST honors while hitting .337 with a team-leading nine home runs and 43 RBI. Ranked 26th nationally with a .632 slugging percentage and finished with 15 doubles. Singled and scored twice in win at Vanderbilt in NCAA Super Regional opener. Named to Louisville Regional All-Tournament Team after hitting .462 (6-for-13) with three doubles, a triple, three RBI and three runs scored in the trio of games. Went 2-for-5 with two doubles, one RBI and scored once in NCAA Regional clinching win over Oklahoma State. Opened regional going 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored in win over Bowling Green. Named BIG EAST Player of the Week on May 20 after hitting .333 with three home runs, a triple and seven RBI to lead the Cardinals to a 4-0 week. Had three home runs in series sweep of Pittsburgh, including a pair in game two while going 2-for-4 with four RBI. Went 4-for-8 with a home run, two doubles and seven RBI in doubleheader sweep at UConn on May 11. Was 3-for-5 with a run scored in May 4 victory at Villanova. Hit team-leading fifth home run of the season and became first player from a visiting team to homer at Villanova Ballpark in 2013 in Cardinals' May 3 win over the Wildcats. Was 2-for-4 with his fourth home run and a career best five RBI in April 28 win over Georgetown. Continued hot stretch at the plate going 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored against No. 3 Vanderbilt. Named BIG EAST Player of the Week on April 22 after hitting .692 (9-for-13) with two home runs, three doubles, six RBI and three runs scored in four games last week. Came off the bench for third home run of the season, a solo shot to right, at St. John's on April 21. Went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI in April 19 win at St. John's. Was 4-for-4 with second home run of the season, two doubles, four RBI and two runs scored as Cardinals earned 12-5 win over No. 15 Kentucky. Went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI in Cardinals win over Cincinnati in inaugural Reds Collegiate Invitational on April 6 at Great American Ball Park. Finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base against No. 6 Kentucky on April 2. Was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in March 30 win over No. 15 Notre Dame. Went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a walk in March 8 series-opening win over Alabama. Was 2-for-4 with a triple, three RBI and a run scored in series-opening win over Kent State on March 1. Connected for a pinch hit two-run double in Feb. 23 win over Akron. Went 2-for-3 with a run scored and was hit by a pitch in first start of the season as the DH in Feb. 20 win over EKU. Came off the bench to connect for first home run of the season, a two-run shot to deep right field, in win over USF at BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge.
2012: Hit .299 with two home runs, 34 RBI, 35 runs scored, nine doubles and two triples in 58 appearances and 47 starts. Was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in April 27 win over UConn. Had a double, two RBI and a run scored in April 24 win over No. 1 Kentucky. Was 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and two runs scored in April 21 win at USF. Had leadoff single to begin Cards' two-run ninth inning rally in comeback win at USF on April 20. Went 4-for-4 with his second home run of the season, two doubles, three RBI and three runs scored in April 14 win over Seton Hall. Was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored at Georgetown on April 7. Went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in April 1 win over Villanova. Was 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season and two RBI in series-opening win over Cincinnati on March 23. Finished with career-best four hits and career-high four RBI while scoring three times in March 20 win over Ohio State. Had a hit and at least one RBI in each of the Cards' three wins over Ball State. Went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs in March 6 win over Indiana. Was 2-for-3 with a run scored in series-clinching win over Pepperdine. Finished with two hits and two RBI in opener with the Waves. Had career-long 10-game hitting streak halted on Feb. 26. Went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs in Feb. 25 win over Oakland. Was 2-for-4 in win over EKU to extend hitting streak to eight games dating back to the 2011 BIG EAST Championship. Had a hit in each of the Cardinals' three games at the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge. Had a key two-run triple in U of L's 7-6 win over Michigan State.
2011: Hit .333 with three home runs, 13 RBI and nine doubles while making 22 starts and playing in 35 games. Earned All-BIG EAST Tournament honors after hitting .333 with a home run, five RBI and five runs scored in five games. Hit .360 with three home runs, nine RBI and six doubles in 16 games and 12 starts in the month of May. Hit .667 with a home run, five doubles and five RBI in Notre Dame series. Best game of the series came in the 14-2 series-opening win, when he was 3-for-4 with his second home run, three RBI and three runs scored. Hit first career home run against No. 1 Vanderbilt on May 10. Had his four-game hitting streak halted on April 9 at Cincinnati after going 0-for-2. Was 2-for-3 with two runs scored in April 8 win at Cincinnati. Extended his career-best hitting streak to three games with a 2-for-4 performance and one run scored at WKU on April 5. Had breakout weekend against West Virginia going 6-for-8 with three runs and two RBI in Cards' two wins over Mountaineers. Was 3-for-4 as the DH in series finale and was 3-for-3 as catcher on April 2. Made first career start as DH in Cardinals' win over WKU on March 29. Earned first career RBI with an RBI sacrifice fly at Rutgers on March 25. Also made first appearance behind the plate catching the ninth inning in the March 25 win. Made first career appearance for the Cardinals as a pinch hitter on March 13 at Pepperdine.
High School: Gardner earned All-State Honorable Mention as a senior and was a two-time All-Region and All-District selection during his career at Whitefield Academy, where he was coached by Brian Runyan. As a senior, he was also named an East/West All-Star after hitting eight home runs for Whitefield, which finished third at the All "A" State Tournament. He finished with six home runs as a junior and hit five homers as a sophomore at Whitefield, where he earned six letters overall after starting his prep career in seventh grade.
Personal: Born Jeffrey William Gardner, Jr., on Jan. 21, 1992, in Louisville, Ky. Son of Jeff and JoAnn Gardner. Has two older sisters, Stephanie and Jamie. Majoring in justice administration at the University of Louisville. After college, he plans to play professional baseball, start a family and do what the Lord wants for him to do. Person with the greatest influence on his athletic career is Mike Doig, who helped teach him to push himself and strive for excellence. Biggest thrill in sports was hitting a three-run home run to give his team the lead and eventually the win in a state semi-final game. Hobbies and outside interests include movies, hunting, fishing, and hanging out. Favorite movies are The Natural, Remember the Titans and Field of Dreams. Enjoys watching The Office. Favorite athletes are Tim Tebow, Albert Pujols and Ted Williams. Favorite cereal is Honey Nut Cheerios. Favorite candy bar is Snickers. Favorite foods are Mexican and Japanese. Enjoys eating at the Santa Fe Mexican Grill. Favorite teams are the St. Louis Cardinals and the Louisville Cardinals. Enjoys listening to rock, rap, country and anything that sounds good. Favorite quote is "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives" by Jackie Robinson. If he could eat dinner with three people he would choose Tim Tebow, Jesus and Ted Williams. Something not many people know about Jeff is he won the Math Olympics twice.