Garcia in 2009
|New York Mets – No. 16|
March 4, 1986 |
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Garcia signed as a free agent on September 2004, with the New York Mets . He signed as an infielder. He played in 2005 with the GCL Mets and surprised the league by hitting .339/.412/.409 with 17 steals in 18 tries and 43 runs in 45 games. He led the Gulf Coast League in runs, on-base percentage and hits (63, tied with Eduardo Pérez). He was third in the GCL in average behind Perez and Francisco Guzman, two points ahead of Matt Kutler. He was second to José Tábata in steals. Garcia was the GCL All-Star shortstop. Baseball America named him the #20 prospect in the GCL.
In 2006, Garcia played for the Kingsport Mets (.291/.373/.379, 19 SB in 25 attempts) and the Brooklyn Cyclones (.240/.316/.240 in 13 games). He led Appalachian League shortstops with 167 assists and was third in the Appy League in steals. He made the All-Star team as a utility man. Baseball America rated him the #11 prospect in the league.
The Montréal native batted .256/.339/.301 for the 2007 St. Lucie Mets in his first pro struggles. He stole 37 bases in 47 tries and split time between second base and shortstop. In the 2007 Baseball World Cup, Garcia started at shortstop for Canada ahead of former major leaguer Kevin Nicholson and responded very well by hitting .375/.524/.500. One problem was defense as he made four errors in five games, fielding .867. He spent the rest of the winter with the Waikiki BeachBoys, batting .348/.427/.485 with 8 steals in 9 tries.
He, now, established himself in the Dominican Republic where he is the co-founder of Better World Academy Inc .
Garcia played for Canada in the 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament and was their shortstop as they finished first in earning a spot in the Beijing Olympics. Garcia struggled at the plate (.240/.321/.240) and in the field (.825 fielding, 7 errors in 7 games) though he did score 6 runs. He scored the winning run in their 10-inning victory over the German national team, reaching via error and coming home on a bases-loaded walk by Dirk Fries to Emerson Frostad.
Garcia was a late addition to Canada for the 2008 Olympics, replacing Pete Orr after Orr was called up to the majors. He hit .190/.292/.286 as Canada's starting shortstop, fielding .875. He contributed a RBI triple in a 5-4 loss to the Team USA.
On June 2, 2010 The New York Mets sent an official letter from Major League Baseball informing Garcia he tested positive for high levels of human chorionic gonadotropin, which is illicitly used after an anabolic steroid cycle to jump-start the body's production of testosterone . Garcia's 50-game suspension would be announced unless he appealed. His presumed guilt would be displayed nationwide in newspaper transaction wires, staining his reputation forever. However this wasn't the case. Garcia was diagnosed with testicular cancer Seminoma (also known as pure seminoma or classical seminoma) which caused Garcia's test to be positive. He underwent surgery on June 23, 2010 at Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center removing his right testicle. Beginning Aug. 15, Garcia underwent daily radiotherapy treatments in Port St. Lucie for 30 days. Garcia is now cancer-free since March 16, 2011.
- Sources: 2007 Mets Media Guide, 2006–2008 Baseball Almanacs, MILB.com, IBAF site, Hawaii Winter Baseball
- Retrieved from "http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Emmanuel_Garcia"