Some minor roster shuffling on this Monday afternoon, as the Royals have released left-handed swing man Onelki Garcia, according to Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com.
A Cuban native, Garcia signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012 after being selected in third round of the draft. Possessing an exciting repertoire with a mid-90s heater and great curveball, Garcia became one of the Dodgers better prospects. After he made his MLB debut in 2013 (pitched in three games for the Dodgers), the injuries started to pile on him, pitching only 0.2 innings in 2014. Later released by the Dodgers, he would go on to put up uninspiring numbers with the White Sox AAA team. He found himself pitching in Mexico in 2016, where a better performance soon led to a Minor League deal with the Royals.
Spending almost the whole 2017 season in Omaha, Garcia was an inconsistent arm on the Storm Chasers pitching staff. He finished appearing in 20 games for them, making ten starts. He posted a 5.04 ERA, 4.44 FIP, and 7.6 K/9.
And then of course, we all fondly remember his two appearances as a Royal.
- @CLE, 5.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO
- @MIN, 0.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO
Garcia became a Minor League free agent after the conclusion of the season, but the Royals quickly inked him to another minors deal. Now released, he plans to go look for an opportunity to pitch in Japan.
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