Toby Joel Gardenhire
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 170 lb.
- Schools University of Arkansas, Fort Smith, Southwest Missouri State University, University of Illinois
Infielder Toby Gardenhire played in the minor leagues from 2006 to 2011, reaching Triple-A twice. His is the son of Ron Gardenhire.
He was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 38th round of the 2002 amateur draft. He opted to go to college instead, attending three schools in three years. He was again selected by the Twins in the 41st round of the 2005 amateur draft and made his pro debut that summer with the Elizabethton Twins, hitting .200 in 30 games there. In 2006, he was with the Beloit Snappers, batting just .198 with 18 RBIs in 87 games. With the Fort Myers Miracle in 2007, he again struggled at the plate, hitting .212 with just 9 RBIs in 75 games. He began the next summer with Fort Myers again and was promoted to the AA New Britain Rock Cats in later April after hitting .333 in 15 games with the Miracle. With New Britain in 2009, he hit .265 with 53 hits in 71 games and in 2010, with New Britain and the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings, he hit a combined .196 with 38 hits in 65 games. He hit .247 with 82 hits in 103 games for Rochester in 2011, his final season.
In 2012, he became head coach of the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He also played that year for the German national team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers; his father was born in Germany, which made him eligible. He was Germany's main second baseman, going 4 for 13 with two doubles, walk, two runs and two RBI but Germany failed to qualify for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|2018||Cedar Rapids Kernels||Midwest League||77-62||4th||Minnesota Twins||Lost in 2nd round|
|2019||Fort Myers Miracle||Florida State League||Minnesota Twins|