Onelki Garcia, 2013 Lookouts Pitcher, Called Up To Dodgers

Cuban Pitcher Joins Fellow Cuban Outfielder Yasiel Puig

Friday, September 13, 2013
Yasiel Puig (left) beside Onelki Garcia
Yasiel Puig (left) beside Onelki Garcia
- photo by Tim Evearitt

LOS ANGELES -- Another member of the 2013 Chattanooga Lookouts has been added to the Dodgers roster. The Dodgers promoted Cuban left-handed reliever Onelki Garcia to the Major Leagues on Wednesday to help ease the workload of fellow lefties ex-Lookout Paco Rodriguez and J.P. Howell over the final weeks of the season.

3em; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Garcia made his debut in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the D-backs, but was pulled after walking the only batter he faced on four pitches.

Rodriguez has made 70 appearances in his first full season in the Majors, tied for the most on the Dodgers and fourth in the National League. Howell has pitched 55 1/3 innings, his heartiest workload in four years, over 59 appearances.

Garcia, the organization's No. 8 prospect according to MLB.com, had been working out at the Dodgers' Spring Training facility at Camelback Ranch-Glendale, throwing bullpen sessions and live batting practice. Dodgers vice president of player development De Jon Watson called Garcia Tuesday night to inform him of the promotion.

Garcia, who turned 24 on Aug. 2, went a combined 2-4 with a 2.90 ERA in 35 games (six starts) with the Double-A Lookouts and Triple-A Albuquerque this season. He is 6-3 and 220 pounds, with a mid-90s fastball and overhand curve.

The native of Guantanamo, Cuba, was eligible for the First-Year Player Draft in 2012 and taken in the third round. He spent most of this year at Chattanooga, being promoted to Triple-A Aug. 11. With Albuquerque, he had 14 strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings.

"I put in a lot of work in Double-A and things went well," Garcia said through a translator. "Thank God I'm here. When I got to this country all I could think about was getting to the big leagues."

To make room on the 40-man roster for Garcia, the Dodgers moved reliever Shawn Tolleson from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. Tolleson had lower back surgery April 25 and his recovery was slowed by hip and groin discomfort.

----- Source: MLB.com

Onelki Garcia
Onelki Garcia
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt

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