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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Victor Garcia Jr. improved at AA Albany-Colonie; Made AAA, missed bigs

Victor Garcia went out and tossed a three-hit shutout for AA Albany-Colonie in June 1991 and his manager Dan Radison looked back at how far Garcia had come on the mound, The Schenectady Daily Gazette wrote.

"All of us have seen great progress in him since he got here last year," Radison told The Daily Gazette. "He's gone from (throwing) a slow curve to a hard slider; from overthrowing to getting the fastball down; and he's a guy who can hold the runners on."

Radison gave that assessment of Garcia in the 24-year-old's seventh pro season. He went on to see AAA Columbus that same campaign, but he never saw the majors.

Garcia's career began in 1985, taken by the Mets in the 14th round of the draft out of Cardinal Hayes High in the Bronx. He was also credited by his full name, Victor Garcia, Jr.

He started with the Mets at rookie Kingsport. He got into 14 games, five starts that first year, and went 1-4, with a 4.24 ERA. He then returned to Kingsport to start 1986. 

He took an early 7-2 loss, but still received praise from his manager Chuck Hiller, according to The Kingsport Times-News.

"Garcia pitched better than the score," Hiller told The Times-News.

Garcia saw two starts at Kingsport and played the rest of the year at short-season Little Falls. He made single-A Columbia for 1987, then moved to the Yankees and single-A Prince William for 1988.

He played 1989 at single-A Fort Lauderdale. He went 6-7 there, with a 3.38 ERA. He returned to Fort Lauderdale, then moved to Albany-Colonie in 1990. He went 3-4 over 16 outings, nine starts, with a 2.12 ERA at Albany-Colonie.

For 1991, he saw 18 starts at Albany-Colonie and then got five starts at AAA Columbus. He went 0-1 at Columbus, with a 3.86 ERA.

Garcia moved to the Indians and AA Canton-Akron for 1992. He went 5-6, with a 6.07 ERA over 29 outings, nine starts. He is credited with one more outing two years later at independent Minneapolis to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,638
Made the Majors:1,249-34.3%
Never Made Majors:2,389-65.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:520
10+ Seasons in the Minors:307

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