ST. LOUIS, MO July 13, 2011 â€“ St. Louis Cardinals Sr. Vice President and General Manager John Mozeliak announced today that the Cardinals have agreed to terms with pitcher Jaime Garcia on a four-year contract with two club options. The Cardinals made the announcement this afternoon at a press conference at Busch Stadium.
â€œJaime is one the best young arms in baseball today,â€ said Mozeliak. â€œWe are excited to have him as part of the core of our pitching staff for years to come.â€
Garcia, 25, is 9-3 with a 3.23 ERA during the first half of this season, which comes on the heels of one of the best rookie campaigns in 2010 where he was 13 â€“ 8 with a 2.70 ERA (4th N.L.), ranking not only among top rookie pitchers, but also the top Major League pitchers in several categories.
Garciaâ€™s career mark is 23 â€“ 12, with a 3.06 ERA in 57 games, with 240 career strike outs. In 2010, Garciaâ€™s 2.70 ERA was the lowest by a Cardinalsâ€™ left-handed starter since John Tudor recorded a 2.40 ERA in 22 starts (25 games) during 1990.
Garcia was named both Rookie of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year for 2010 by the St. Louis Chapter of the Baseball Writers of America Association.
Garcia was selected by Baltimore in the 20th round (899th overall) of the 2004 draft, but did not sign. The 6-2, 215-pounder was born in Reynosa, Mexico and currently makes his home in Mission, Texas, where he attended Sharyland High School.