Scout's Cards Minors Pitcher of Month: April

Scout's Cards Minors Pitcher of Month: April

ST. LOUIS, MO – Springfield Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia was named today by the Scout.com St. Louis Cardinals website, the Birdhouse at www.thestlcardinals.com, as the Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April.

Garcia finished the month making four starts for Springfield, posting a record of 3-2, 2.17 ERA. His ERA of 2.17 ranked 6th in the Texas League, as the first month of play was entered into the record books.

The 21-year-old, left-hander, suffered a heart-breaking loss in a 1-0 defeat on April 21, allowing a batter to reach base on his throwing error to first base, in the bottom of the eighth, that led to the game's only run being scored. Garcia set a franchise record striking out 10 batters in the frustrating 1-0 loss to North West Arkansas.

Garcia finished the month, allowing only three earned runs in his last 20 innings pitched, picking up his third win on April 27th, when he pitched six complete innings against the Tulsa Drillers, allowing only one run on five hits, while walking five and striking out seven.

Garcia struck out 36 batters in 29 innings (five starts) in April. Last season Garcia was leading the Texas League in strikeouts (97) and ranked 10th in earned run average on July 18, 2007 before the organization shut him down over concerns with pain in his left elbow.

He appears to be picking up where he left off, making the start of this season even more remarkable considering the playing time he lost in 2007.

Selected in the 22nd round (680th overall),out of Sharyland High School (Texas), in the June, 2005 First-Year Player draft, Garcia is considered in some circles as the Cardinals best pitching prospect in the their farm system, certainly the best left-hander.

Garcia has been ranked by the Birdhouse for two consecutive seasons as the Cardinals #3 prospect.

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