Righty Justin Garcia, acquired from the Amarillo Sox last month, has been signed by the Winnipeg Goldeyes to a contract for the 2013 American Association season.
Garcia, 26, is expected to fill a position in the Goldeyes' starting pitching rotation.
"In my opinion, he’s one of the top of starters in this league," Goldeyes manager Rick Forney said in a statement. "Other than Ace Walker, few guys over the last couple of years have thrown as many innings as Justin Garcia. He had two really successful seasons down in Amarillo. He has quality pitches and is going to give you a chance to win every fifth day."
Garcia was acquired from Amarillo in exchange for a player to be named later and cash considerations. In 22 games last season with Amarillo, including 21 starts, Garcia went 9-3 and 3.99 ERA during 135.1 innings of work.
The Goldeyes' release stated that Garcia posted a complete-game 5-0 shutout on July 26 on the road against the Wichita Wingnuts "which is something a Goldeyes pitcher hasn’t done since Ace Walker pitched a one-hit shutout against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in 2010."
Garcia is a native of Las Vegas who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 25th round of the 2007 MLB amateur draft. Garcia played four seasons in Tampa Bay's system. He had surgery in 2010 to remove bone chips in his right arm which caused him to miss the majority of the season.