Édgar García (baseball, born 1996)

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Édgar García
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García with the Phillies in 2019
Philadelphia Phillies – No. 41
Pitcher
Born: (1996-10-04) October 4, 1996 (age 23)
Sabana Grande de Palenque, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 6, 2019, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record2–0
Earned run average5.77
Strikeouts45
Teams

Édgar Ernesto García (born October 4, 1996) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his major league debut in 2019.

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

García was born in Sabana Grande de Palenque, Dominican Republic. He worked out as a shortstop for Phillies scouts initially in the Dominican Republic, but though his batting skills did not impress the scouts they liked his arm.[1] He was signed as an international free agent as a pitcher by the Philadelphia Phillies on May 29, 2014, for $30,000.[1]

He made his professional debut in 2014 with the DSL Phillies, going 2–0 with a 2.10 ERA in 25.2 innings. García played for the Gulf Coast Phillies in 2015, going 1–2 with a 3.31 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 32.2 innings.[2]

García played for the Lakewood BlueClaws in 2016, going 4–1 with a 2.80 ERA in 61 innings. He played for the Clearwater Threshers in 2017, going 3–4 with a 4.47 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 88.2 innings.[2]

2018–present[edit]

In 2018, García split the season between the Reading Fightin Phils and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, he was 7–2 with a 3.64 ERA, and 72 strikeouts in 64.1 innings.[3][4] He was an Eastern League Mid-season All Star, was 4th in the league in appearances with 47, and among qualifying league relief pitchers he had the 4th-best opposing batting average, at .204, and the 5th-best SO/9.0 IP rate, at 10.26.[5] He then pitched for Estrellas Orientales of the Dominican Winter League during the 2018 offseason.[5] The Phillies added him to their 40-man roster after the 2018 season.[3]

He opened the 2019 season back with Lehigh Valley, and before García was called up he was 1–1 with a 1.65 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 16.1 innings.[2] On May 6, he was called to the major league roster and made his major league debut that night.[6][7] In 2019 with Lehigh Valley he was 2-1 with 8 saves and a 2.48 ERA in 25 relief appearances in 29.0 innings in which he struck out 38 batters (11.8 strikeouts per 9 innings).[8] In 2019 with the Phillies he was 2-0 with a 5.77 ERA in 37 relief appearances in which he pitched 39.0 innings and struck out 45 batters (10.4 strikeouts per 9 innings).[8]

García is known for an excellent 87 mph slider that has hard, downward action and generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' sliders.[1][9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Phillies call up pitching prospect Edgar Garcia and his vaunted slider | NBC Sports Philadelphia
  2. ^ a b c Edgar Garcia Stats, Highlights, Bio | MiLB.com Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
  3. ^ a b Salisbury, Jim (November 20, 2018). "Phillies add Adonis Medina and 2 others to 40-man roster, avoid losing them in Rule 5 draft | NBC Sports Philadelphia". Nbcsports.com. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  4. ^ "Edgar Garcia Stats, Highlights, Bio | MiLB.com Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Milb.com. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Year. "Edgar Garcia Stats, Fantasy & News". MLB.com. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  6. ^ RotoWire Staff (May 6, 2019). "Phillies' Edgar Garcia: Summoned to majors". CBSSports.com. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  7. ^ "Philadelphia Phillies at St. Louis Cardinals Box Score, May 6, 2019". Baseball Reference. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Edgar Garcia Minor & Winter Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  9. ^ Prospect Notes: Two Phillies Pitchers To Watch
  10. ^ "Player Card: Edgar Garcia". Brooksbaseball.net. March 30, 2007. Retrieved October 3, 2019.

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