Jaime García

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Jaime García
Garcia with the St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals – No. 54
Starting pitcher
Born: (1986-07-08) July 8, 1986 (age 29)
Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
July 11, 2008, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Win–loss record 52–32
Earned run average 3.31
Strikeouts 573
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.

A member of the 2011 World Series championship Cardinals, García has struggled with injury throughout his career, reaching 100 innings pitched in just three of five seasons since 2010. In 2010, he was third in the National League Rookie of the Year balloting while posting the fourth-best earned run average in the league. The next season, he was ninth in winning percentage. García is currently signed through 2016 with a team option for 2017.

Early life[edit]

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)[edit]

Draft and minor leagues[edit]

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.[1]

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.[1]

St. Louis Cardinals (2008–present)[edit]

Early career: Tommy John surgery and World Series championship (2008–11)[edit]

García made his major league debut in relief on July 11, 2008, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He pitched two innings, giving up one hit, walking one, and striking out two.

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).[2] 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.[3]

García began the 2011 season as the number-three starter. In his first start of the season, April 3 against the San Diego Padres, he threw his first MLB complete game shutout while striking out nine and giving up four hits in 102 pitches. For this performance, he was named a co-winner of the National League Player of the Week Award.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[2]

García during the 2011 World Series parade.

The St. Louis Cardinals advanced to play the Texas Rangers in the 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 since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 to ever start a World Series game. García pitched 10 innings, including seven scoreless innings, and posted a 1.80 ERA with 10 strikeouts in the series. On October 28, 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.

Comebacks from various injuries (2012–present)[edit]

García went 7–7 with a 3.92 ERA in 20 starts 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.[7]

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.[8]

García was initially thought to be able to play at the start of the 2014 season,[9] but developed shoulder bursitis and was unable to pitch in the major leagues for 366 days until activated, with his first start on May 18, 2014.[10] 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.[11] In the first inning of the game, he issued his first walks of the season, which he had avoided in his first 24 23 IP.[12][13]

However, García informed the Cardinals on July 5 that he would have surgery on his left shoulder to correct thoracic outlet syndrome, ending his second consecutive season with fewer than ten starts.[14] He returned to pitch for the Carinals in May 2015. He lost his first start to the New York Mets, 5–0, despite allowing just two runs in seven innings. His first win in nearly a year was on May 26 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, in which worked six innings in a 6–4 victory.[15] His next start, on June 1, was against the Brewers. In seven innings, he allowed one run and struck out four, with less than 90 pitches, but ended up with a 1–0 loss, bringing his record to 1–2 with a 2.70 ERA in his first three games.[16]

In a June 12 start against the Kansas City Royals, Jaime García netted his 500th career strikeout by getting Omar Infante as the Cardinals won 4–0. It was García's 102nd career start; he had also not issued a walk in his first 30 IP of the season.[17] The Cardinals placed García with a right groin strain on July 5. He had sustained the injury on June 24 while running the bases against the Miami Marlins.[18] While carrying out his minor league rehabilitation assignment with the Peoria Chiefs on July 23, he pitched in a combined no-hitter and 2–0 win against the Clinton LumberKings, a Seattle Mariners affiliate. The starter for the game, García pitched the first five innings and struck out six.[19][20]

While completing 8 13 innings against the Miami Marlins on August 14 in a 3–1 win, one of the hits García allowed was to Ichiro Suzuki, for his 4,191st hit in professional baseball, matching Ty Cobb.[a][21] Garcia achieved his 50th career win in a 4–1 decision over the Pirates on September 5, also reaching 100 IP in a season for the first time since 2012.[22] Totaling 20 regular season starts,[23] he finished the season with 10–6 won–loss record, 2.43 ERA, and 1.046 walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP). The Cardinals won 10 of his 11 starts in August and September; and, at Busch Stadium, he turned in nine quality starts in 10 attempts, allowing a 1.70 ERA and 0.888 WHIP. The Cardinals won 100 games and the National League Central division title. He started Game 2 of the NLDS against the Cubs, but lasted just two innings as the Cardinals lost this game 6–3 before the Cubs eliminated the Cardinals. On October 31, 2015, the Cardinals announced they exercised García's team option for 2016 worth $11.5 million.[24]

Personal life[edit]

García has two sisters; Karina and Ahimee García.[25]

He is second cousin of hip-hop recording artist, Luciano.[26]




a Ichiro Suzuki achieved his hit total both in Major League Baseball and the Nippon Professional Baseball league in Japan.

Source notes
  1. ^ a b Kepner, Tyler (June 5, 2010). "Cardinals are glad Garcia got lost in translation". The New York Times. Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Jaime Garcia Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ Eddy, Matt (October 19, 2010). "Future Big League Stars Highlight All-Rookie Team". Baseball America. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Kuth, Cash (April 4, 2011). "Garcia shares NL Player of the Week Award". MLB.com. Retrieved June 6, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Jaime García, Cardinals – May 6 – 2011's near no-hitters". Sports Illustrated. May 6, 2011. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ Associated Press (July 13, 2011). "Jaime García of the St. Louis Cardinals signs four-year contract". ESPN. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Blazek demoted to make room for Wacha". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. May 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ Goold, Derrick (May 22, 2013). "Garcia to have season-ending shoulder surgery". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 
  9. ^ "Garcia has surgery, should be ready for 2014". MLB.com. May 24, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Cardinals welcome back #54". KMOX. May 18, 2014. 
  11. ^ Langosch, Jenifer (June 8, 2014). "Stellar García baffles Blue Jays in finale". MLB.com. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Garcia gets win as Cardinals beat Blue Jays 5-0". Sports Illustrated. Associated Press. June 8, 2014. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Jaime García 2014 gamelogs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Garcia's season will end with surgery". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. July 5, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Garcia gets first win, Cardinals beat Diamondbacks 6–4". Belleville News-Democrat. Associated Press. May 27, 2015. Retrieved June 6, 2015. 
  16. ^ Butt, Jason (June 1, 2015). "Cardinals P Jaime Garcia limits Brewers to 1 run in loss". CBSSports.com. Retrieved June 6, 2015. 
  17. ^ Wilhelm, David (June 12, 2015). "Garcia dominates Royals in Cards’ 4–0 win". Belleville News-Democrat. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Pham hits first MLB homer, drives in all three runs in Cardinals' win". FOX Sports Midwest. Associated Press. July 5, 2015. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  19. ^ Smith, Alex M. (July 24, 2015). "Rehabbing García helps Chiefs record no-hitter". MLB.com. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  20. ^ Duvall, Adam (July 23, 2015). "Jaime Garcia leads way as Chiefs no-hit Clinton in 2–0 victory". Peoria Journal-Star. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  21. ^ Zunavich, Adam (August 14, 2015). "Koehler loses duel, Ichiro hits milestone in Marlins’ 3–1 loss to Cardinals". Miami Herald. Retrieved August 14, 2015. 
  22. ^ Langosch, Jenifer; Singer, Tom (September 5, 2015). "Cards down Bucs to extend NL Central lead". MLB.com. Retrieved September 6, 2015. 
  23. ^ Silva, Drew (November 1, 2015). "Cardinals to pick up Jaime Garcia's $11.5 million option for 2016". NBC Sports. Retrieved November 1, 2015. 
  24. ^ Strauss, Joe (October 31, 2015). "Garcia is a fit for Cards' plans". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved November 1, 2015. 
  25. ^ Goold, Derrick (July 14, 2011). "Deal means security for Garcia, family". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  26. ^ http://www.vibedeck.com/luciano

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