Wednesday, July 15, 2009

James Garcia Joins Seals Rotation

The Seals signed 29-year-old righty James Garcia last Thursday and have added him to their starting rotation in place of the struggling Eduardo Baeza. The signing gives the Seals two J. Garcia's on their pitching staff -- the other of course being closer Javier Garcia.

James Garcia is a strikeout pitcher who has played the last couple of seasons in independent ball after spending parts of three seasons at the 'AAA' level. He put up some impressive strikeout numbers early in his career, especially at lower levels of affiliated baseball. Garcia has struggled in independent ball, posting a 6.55 ERA with two teams in the Atlantic and Northern Leagues in 2007. Last year with the Yuma Scorpions, he had a 6.14 ERA and 12 saves as a closer.

The problem for James Garcia throughout his career (aside from giving up too many hits) has been walks. Last year with Yuma he struck out 10.2 batters per nine innings, but gave up 4.9 walks per nine innings. In his first start with the Seals on Thursday, Garcia gave up three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out three and only walked one.