Garcia with the St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals – No. 54
July 8, 1986 |
Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico
|July 11, 2008 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
(through June 20, 2014)
|Earned run average||3.50|
Career highlights and awards
Jaime Omar García (born July 8, 1986) is a Mexican professional baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Cardinals drafted him in the 22nd round of the 2005 MLB Draft from Sharyland High School in Mission, Texas, and he made his MLB debut with the Cardinals in 2008. Garcia is currently signed through 2015 with team options for 2016 and 2017.
Jaime García was born on July 8, 1986 in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, as the second of three children to civil engineer Jaime García, Sr., and Gloria Rodríguez Flores. He was raised between the border of Reynosa, and McAllen, Texas. He attended Sharyland High School in Mission, Texas.
Professional career (2005–present)
Draft and minor leagues
The Baltimore Orioles originally drafted García in the 30th round of the 2004 MLB Draft. Due to a poorly translated test, the Orioles chose not to sign García. By the time a new scouting director changed the team's position, García opted to re-enter the draft.
Afterward, the St. Louis Cardinals drafted García in the 22nd round of the 2005 MLB Draft. Joe Almaraz, the Orioles scout who wanted to sign García the year before, had moved on to the Cardinals organization, and was influential in the Cardinals selection of García.
St. Louis Cardinals (2008–present)
García underwent Tommy John surgery after the 2008 season and began the 2009 season on the 60-day disabled list. Later in the 2009 season, García returned to the Cardinals organization and was optioned to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. On September 9, 2009, García retired the first 13 batters he faced in the Redbirds' first playoff game against the Albuquerque Isotopes.
The 2010 MLB season was García's first full season in the majors. He was chosen as the number five starter over fellow lefty Rich Hill, who started the season with the Memphis Redbirds in AAA, and Kyle McClellan, who returned to the bullpen for the Cardinals. He finished the season in third place in the voting for NL Rookie of the Year with a record of 13–8, and an ERA of 2.70 (4th in the NL). García was named a starting pitcher on Baseball America's 2010 All-Rookie Team and a pitcher on the 2010 Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team.
García began the 2011 season as the number-three starter. On May 6, he took a perfect game into the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers, before issuing a one-out walk to Casey McGehee, followed by a hit to Yuniesky Betancourt. The near-perfect game ended as a two hit complete-game shutout. On July 13, the Cardinals announced they had signed García to a four-year contract extension that guaranteed him $27.5 million. The contract included club options for the following two seasons. With the club option, García had the opportunity to earn $50 million, which could keep him with the team for six years until 2017. To that point in the season, he was 9–3 with a 3.23 ERA.
On August 2, García hit his first career home run, a three-run homer off Brewers' starter Shaun Marcum. For the 2011 season, García went 13–7, was second in the NL in complete games (two), shutouts (two), and wild pitches (12), and his .650 win-loss percentage was ninth best in the National League.
The St. Louis Cardinals advanced to play the Texas Rangers in the 2011 World Series after defeating the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers in the playoffs. When García started Game 2, he became the second Mexican-born pitcher (Fernando Valenzuela was the first in 1981) to ever start a World Series game. Garcia pitched 10 innings, including seven scoreless innings, and posted a 1.80 era with 10 strikeouts in the series. On October 28, 2011 the Cardinals defeated the Rangers 4-3 in the best-of-seven series after being down 3-2 to claim the franchise's 11th World Series title.
García went 7-7 with a 3.92 ERA in the 2012 season before being shutdown for the year due to shoulder discomfort. The Cardinals would go on to be one win away from going to the 2012 World Series before losing to the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS.
In 2013, García went 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA before being injured and ultimately undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery, with his last start on May 17.
With García out for the season, the Cardinals advanced to play the Boston Red Sox in the 2013 World Series after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS. They would go on to lose the series 4-2.
He was initially thought to be able to play at the start of the 2014 season, but he developed bursitis in his shoulder and was not available to pitch in the major league for 366 days until activated, with his first start on May 18, 2014. In his fifth start of the season on June 8, García held the Toronto Blue Jays to seven scoreless innings to earn the win in a 5–0 victory. In the first inning of the game, he issued his first walks of the season, which he had avoided in his first 24 2⁄3 IP.
García has two sisters; Karina and Ahimee García. 
He is second cousin of hip-hop recording artist, Luciano. 
- All-Star Futures Game selection (2008)
- Baseball America's All-Rookie team (2010)
- Topps All-Star Rookie Pitcher (2010)
- 1x NL Player of the Week (4/4/2011)
- World Series champion (2011)
- Kepner, Tyler (June 5, 2010). "Cardinals are glad Garcia got lost in translation". The New York Times. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
- "Jaime Garcia Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
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- "Jaime García, Cardinals – May 6 – 2011's near no-hitters". Sports Illustrated. May 6, 2011. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
- Associated Press (July 13, 2011). "Jaime García of the St. Louis Cardinals signs four-year contract". ESPN. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
- "Blazek demoted to make room for Wacha". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. May 30, 2013.
- "Garcia to have season-ending shoulder surgery". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. May 22, 2013.
- "Garcia has surgery, should be ready for 2014". MLB.com. May 24, 2013.
- "Cardinals Welcome Back #54". KMOX. May 18, 2014.
- Langosch, Jenifer (June 8, 2014). "Stellar García baffles Blue Jays in finale". MLB.com. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
- Associated Press (June 8, 2014). "Garcia gets win as Cardinals beat Blue Jays 5-0". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
- "Jaime García 2014 gamelogs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
- "Garcia's season will end with surgery". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. July 5, 2014.
- Goold, Derrick (July 14, 2011). "Deal means security for Garcia, family". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Garcia player profile at Scout.com