GAINEY, PRESTON

Position: Pitcher

DOB: February 13, 1991

Height: 6’3″ / Weight: 205

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (11th round, 2012)

Profile: Selected by the Brewers in the 11th round in 2012 after two seasons at the Naval Academy, Gainey signed with the Brewers and began his pro career that same season, pitching for Helena.  He spent the next two seasons at Low-A Wisconsin, then moved up to High-A Brevard County in 2015.  A stress fracture in his back sidelined him for the first half of the 2016 season as he eventually reached Double-A Biloxi, but injury struck again in 2017, sidelining him after just five appearances for the Shuckers.  When healthy, Gainey has electric stuff out of the bullpen, with a fastball that clocks in the mid-90’s which he pairs with a plus changeup.  He’s fared much better since moving to the bullpen, where his fastball gains some extra life and has put up impressive strikeout numbers with the shorter stints.

2012:  After signing his contract with the Brewers, Gainey was assigned to Helena of the Pioneer League, where he appeared in 12 games, making seven starts.  He struggled to a record of 0-4 there however, posting an 8.05 ERA over 38 innings of work.

2013:  The Brewers moved Gainey up to Class-A Wisconsin in 2013, giving him his first taste of full-season action.  Working as part of a tandem with the Timber Rattlers, he started 13 of the 25 games that he pitched in and went 4-7 with a 5.11 earned run average.

2014:  Gainey returned to Wisconsin for the 2014 season and worked exclusively as a starter for the Rattlers.  In 24 starts, he went just 5-9, but he posted an ERA of 4.18 and struck out 113 batters over 125 innings, earning a spot on the Midwest League All-Star team.

2015:  Milwaukee moved Gainey up to High-A Brevard County in 2015 as he made the move from the rotation to the bullpen.  In 33 relief appearances for the Manatees he went 2-4 with a 2.70 ERA, converting on all eight of his save chances as he was selected to the Florida State League’s All-Star team.

2016:  After suffering a stress fracture in his back, Gainey didn’t see the mound until July, making five appearances for the AZL Brewers before re-joining Brevard County.  He earned a promotion to Double-A Biloxi late in the season and finished out the year there, posting an ERA of 1.46 in 21 combined appearances between the two levels.

2017:  Gainey returned to Double-A Biloxi to begin the 2017 season and got off to a strong start to the season with the Shuckers.  In five relief outings he did not allow a run, striking out ten in 6.1 innings before again hitting the DL in late April with an injury that would sideline him the remainder of the year.