Brad Bournival

The American League Championship ring Perci Garner won as a member of the Indians sits on his dresser.

It’s a reminder of where the right-hander has been and where he wants to be again.

Back with the RubberDucks, the Dover graduate has been working on his control.

A player on the 40-man roster, Garner hasn’t forgotten a single second from his time with the parent club.

Called up on Aug. 31, Garner appeared in eight games, posting 12 strikeouts and a 4.82 ERA in 9? innings last season.

“It was more of a fan-like experience at the end,” Garner said. “They asked me if I wanted to stay up [for the postseason], but I was honest. The arm had been through a lot. I spend a lot of the times on the couch cheering on my team because I’m from here.”

That experience has changed his life immensely.

A 28-year old signed as a free agent in 2015, Garner actually felt more relaxed pitching for the Indians in the heart of a pennant race.

A seven-year minor leaguer, pitching for the Indians was more about the here and now and less about worrying who was in the crowd watching.

“In the minors, you want to win, but it’s development first,” Garner said. “To be in that situation, most people think it adds more pressure, but to me when I got up there it was more about playing baseball instead of impressing people. I just went out there and tried to win the game and that helped me a lot.”

That feeling especially came through in a Sept. 17 game against the Detroit Tigers.

Called upon in a 0-0 game, the right-hander pitched one inning of no-hit ball with a walk and strikeout.

It’s when he knew he belonged in the big leagues.

Of course, sitting in a bullpen like the one the Indians have doesn’t hurt.

Bryan Shaw was there with advice. The same went for Cody Allen, Zach McAllister, Andrew Miller and Dan Otero.

“That was part of the experience that made it easy,” Garner said. “Guys like [Corey] Kluber just help you. I’ve heard horror stories of some teams and the hazing and what you have to do. When I got up there, you could tell they were going out of their way to make it more comfortable for me because they knew, ‘Hey, he’s going to help us win.’ When I got up there, it wasn’t a guy liking me or fining me for dumb stuff.”

Now with the Ducks, manager Mark Budzinski is counting on the 2016 Eastern League All-Star to guide his young squad.

“He’s invaluable building off of what he did here and in Triple A into the big leagues,” Ducks manager Mark Budzinski said. “He’s continuing learning from what he did last year and how difficult it can be at times.”

Now, it’s a matter of tying up loose ends and getting back to where he feels he belongs.

“It’s very important, especially for a guy my age. Maybe if you’re a 23-year old, 24-year old like [Bradley] Zimmer it’s a little different,” he said. “For me, especially how I envisioned my career and the way I wanted it to go, I want to get back up there and help them even though the bullpen doesn’t need that much help right now. It’s essential for me, not for my confidence or anything, but I just loved playing ball that mattered. It’s a whole new level.”