Onelki García

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Onelki García
Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 81
Born: (1989-08-02) August 2, 1989 (age 25)
Guantanamo, Cuba
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
September 11, 2013 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win–loss record 0-0
Earned run average 13.50
Strikeouts 1

Onelki García (born August 2, 1989) is an Cuban professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball.


García began playing in Cuba's top league, the Serie Nacional, at age 18. In three seasons for the Guantánamo team he was 12-12 with a 4.73 ERA.[1]

García defected from Cuba in August 2010 with hopes of pursuing a professional baseball career in the United States. He was originally declared eligible for the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft but was ruled ineligible due to issues with his residency.[2] A year later he was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.[1]

García started his professional career with the High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. He started one game, striking out four over two innings pitched. He started the 2013 season with the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts. He was promoted to the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes in August 2013.[3] Between the two levels, he was in 35 games (6 as a starter) and was 2-4 with a 2.90 ERA.

On September 11, 2013, the Dodgers purchased his contract and called him up to the Major Leagues.[4] He made his debut that night and walked the one batter he faced against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He pitched 1 1/3 innings over 3 games for the Dodgers in September and allowed 2 earned runs on one hit and four walks.


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