Luis García (pitcher)
García with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2018
|Los Angeles Angels – No. 40|
|Born: January 30, 1987|
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
|July 10, 2013, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|MLB statistics |
(through September 11, 2019)
|Earned run average||4.14|
García was originally signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers organization as an amateur free agent in 2004, at the age of 16. His initial MLB call-up occurred on July 9, 2013. García made his big league debut, the next day, July 10, 2013, versus the Washington Nationals, at Citizens Bank Park. That day, he pitched one scoreless inning, in relief of Phillies ace, Cliff Lee.
García has had two stints playing professional baseball, initially from 2006 to 2010, and from 2013 to the present time. The former stint was with the Dodgers and Nationals organizations, while the latter was with the Phillies organization. During the period in between, García was mostly out of baseball, working in the barbering and moving businesses, save for a brief, rocky 2012 comeback attempt, in independent ball.
Early professional career (2006–10)Edit
García was originally signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers organization as an amateur free agent in 2004, and first played in the Dominican Summer League for them in 2006. He remained in the Dodgers organization until 2009; on August 31, García was traded to the Washington Nationals along with a player to be named later (Victor Garate), for infielder Ronnie Belliard. In total in 2009, García had six wins, three losses, with a 2.76 earned run average (ERA), and five saves, with the Great Lakes Loons and Potomac Nationals. He spent the 2010 season in the Nationals organization before being granted free agency.
After spending 2011 out of baseball and in 2012 pitching only nine games for the Newark Bears of the Can-Am League during which he totaled an 11.57 ERA, García assumed his professional career was over, and began trying to learn the trade of barbering at a salon in New Jersey. At night, he worked at a moving company."
At that time, García’s only baseball activity was teaching children and a few pickup games, yet Phillies international scouting director Sal Agostinelli heard about García and sent someone to watch him throw. After discovering that García consistently threw a fastball that was 94 miles per hour (mph) as well as an "impressive" slider, Agostinelli had García come to Phillies spring training. The Phillies signed him to a minor league contract and assigned him to the Clearwater Threshers, their Advanced-A affiliate, on March 25, 2013. Agostinelli was quoted as saying, "It's literally one of those things as a scout that you dream about."
Despite his accolades from the scouting staff, García was not expected to reach the majors. Beginning the year in Clearwater before earning promotions to the Double-A Reading Fightin Phils and the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs, García combined to post a 1.67 ERA and 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings pitched (K/9). He was called up to the Major Leagues on July 9, 2013 to replace Phillippe Aumont.
García was recalled from Lehigh Valley on May 8, 2014 and had several stints with the Phillies that season, ultimately appearing in 13 games. In 2015, García made the Phillies' Opening Day roster after a strong spring training. His performance during the first half of the season was characterized as "inconsistent" by then-interim manager Pete Mackanin, who said García had been hanging too many sliders.
Los Angeles AngelsEdit
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- Clark, Bonnie, ed. (2013). 2013 Philadelphia Phillies Media Guide. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The Phillies.
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- Riccaboni, Ian (July 9, 2013). "Phillies recall Garcia, option Aumont to AAA". Phillies Nation. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
- Zolecki, Todd (May 8, 2014). "Phillies outright Camp and recall Garcia". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
- Parent, Rob (July 17, 2015). "Morgan deserves better, but he'll take the hit as Phillies open 2nd half with win". delcotimes.com. Delaware County Daily Times. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
- "Angels' Luis Garcia: Shipped to Los Angeles". www.cbssports.com. CBS Sports. Rotowire Staff. December 6, 2018. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
- Thornburg, Chad (December 6, 2018). "Phillies, Angels swap relievers in 1-for-1 deal (Phils acquire LHP Alvarez; Halos receive RHP Garcia)". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved May 23, 2019.