Jaime Omar García...Pronounced hi-may ... Attended Sharyland High School in Mission, Texas...Was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 30th round in 2004 but did not sign...Was then selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 22nd round in 2005 ... Is an avid supporter of Water Mission (watermission.org), a non-profit organization that works to provide safe, clean water to communities in need ... Works closely with 1Mission (1mission.org), a non-profit community development organization that gives people in poverty the opportunity to earn a house by serving their community of Puerto Penasco ... Also regularly visits his birth city of Reynosa, Mexico, where he generously funds scholarships programs for children to attend school and participate in sports.
Made three consecutive starts for three different teams on July 21 (ATL), July 28 (MIN) and Aug. 4 (NYY), becoming the first pitcher to do so since Gus Weyhing in 1895 (courtesy Elias)...Became the first pitcher to start for three different teams in the same season since Byung-Hyun Kim in 2007 (FLA, ARI, COL) ... Ranked 8th in the Majors among starters with a ground ball percentage of 55.6...His 57.9 GB% over the last four seasons ranks 4th highest ... Held opponents to a .208 batting average the first time through the lineup...His OBA jumped to .261 the second time through the order and .344 when facing hitters for a third time ... Started the year with Atlanta and went 4-7 with a 4.30 ERA in 18 starts ... Hit his 1st career grand slam (3rd career HR) on July 21 at LAD off Alex Wood while earning the win in a 12-3 victory ... Was traded to the Twins along with C Anthony Recker on July 24 in exchange for RHP Huascar Ynoa ... Made one start for Minnesota on July 28 at OAK (6.2 IP, 8H, 3ER, 3BB, 7K) ... Was traded to the Yankees on July 30 in exchange for RHP Zack Littell and LHP Dietrich Enns ... Went 0-3 in eight starts for New York with a 4.82 ERA, recording 37 strikeouts (20 walks) over 37.1 innings ... Made the postseason roster for the 4th time in his career (also 2011, 2012 & 2015 with STL)...Pitched in just one game for the Yankees, his 1st career relief appearance in the playoffs (12th relief outing of his career), throwing 2.2 hitless innings (2BB, 3K) in Game 1 of the ALDS on Oct. 5 at CLE.
Made 30 starts and 32 appearances, tying his single-season high in appearances (2011)… Marked his second 30-start season (32 GS, 2011)…Finished as one of six National League lefties to make at least 30 starts... Led the NL with a 57.9 ground ball percentage... Ranked tied for fi fth in the NL in double plays induced (21) and fourth in GIDP/9 IP (1.10)... Recorded two double-digit strikeout games (11 vs. ATL on 8/5 and 13 vs. MIL on 4/14)... Pitched at least 6.0 innings in 14 starts (10 quality) and had four starts with 8.0 or more innings, tied for seventh in the National League... His career-high 13 losses were tied for the fourth most in the NL... Allowed a career-high and team-leading 26 home runs, tied for sixth most in the NL and tied for third most among Cardinals left-handers in franchise history (Harvey Haddix, 1954, and Ray Sadecki, 1965). Twenty-six of his 89 earned runs (7.80 ERA) came in the 1st inning of starts (had a 4.00 ERA [63 ER/141.2 IP] in the rest of the game)...Opponents batted .364 (47-for-129) with nine home runs in the fi rst inning...Produced scoreless innings streaks of 15.1 (4/30- 5/11) and 15.0 (4/8-4/19). Threw a one-hit shutout while fanning 13 vs. MIL on 4/14...Became the first left-handed Cardinals pitcher in history to throw a one-hit shutout with at least 13 strikeouts…The outing marked his fourth career complete-game shutout and the one-hitter was his career low-hit performance... Took a no-hitter through 5.2 innings before Domingo Santana singled to right... Finished season 1-5 with a 7.60 ERA (34.1 IP) over his final nine games (seven starts), dating to 8/10... Lost five consecutive decisions to close out the season, the most consecutive in his career…His skid began on 8/23... Made pair of relief outings at SF (9/16) and COL (9/21)…Went 6.0 innings combined, allowing two runs and two hits while striking out 10…Fanned five over a bullpen career-high 4.0 scoreless innings during an 11-1 loss at Coors Field on 9/21.
Made 20 starts for the first time since 2012, despite being on the disabled list twice…Sidelined the first 40 games of the season while continuing to recover from thoracic outlet surgery (July 2014). Made two rehab starts, one at Memphis (AAA, 2.2 IP) and one at Springfield (AA, 6.0)…Posted 10 wins for the 3rd time in his career and first time since 2010 & 2011 (13 wins each year)…Did not issue a walk in 7 of his 20 starts, all of 6.0 innings or more, the most starts by a Cardinals pitcher without a walk while pitching 6.0 innings since Adam Wainwright had 9 in 2013…Threw 6.0 or more innings in 18 of 20 starts with 15 quality starts and five starts without allowing an earned run…The Cardinals were shut out in all six of Garcia's losses…Had 17 GIDP, T5th among National League left-handed pitchers...his 17 double plays in 129.2 innings for 1.18 GIDP/9 IP would have ranked 4th in the National League but did not qualify…Posted a groundball percentage of 62.0%, the highest of his career when pitching more than 60 innings…Had 10 starts of 7.0 or more innings while allowing two runs or less, ranking 9th among MLB left-handers in 2015…After walking five batters in his season debut at NYM (5/21), had no walks in 30.0 IP over his next four starts…Recorded his 500th career strikeout on 6/12 vs. KC when he struck out Omar Infante in the 8th inning…Suffered a left groin strain 6/24 at MIA (7.0IP) and was placed on the D.L. on 7/4, missing 16 games. Made a rehab start on 7/23 at Peoria (A) and did not allow a hit in 5.0 innings…Became the first Cardinals pitcher to pitch into the 9th inning on 8/14 vs. MIA (8.1 IP)…Was 7-2 with a 2.74 ERA from 8/1 to the end of the season; Cardinals were 10-2 in his 12 starts during that span and 7 wins were T8th in MLB in that span.
For a third-straight season, had his season cut short due to injury. Began the season on the disabled list recovering from left shoulder surgery performed in May 2013...Made two rehab starts before being activated: a shortened rehab start in Springfield (AA) on 5/4 (2.0 IP, 2R), coming out of the game after being hit by pitch on his left elbow while batting in the 2nd inning, and Memphis (AAA) on 5/12 (5.0 IP, 2R, 5K)...Made his first Major League start since 5/17/13 on 5/18 vs. ATL. Allowed 4 runs in 7.0 IP and was in line for the win upon his exit, but Cards lost 6-5 when ATL scored in the 9th...Earned his 1st win of 2014, his 40th career win and the 10th win of his career over the Reds at CIN on 5/24, a 6-3 victory...Did not walk a batter in his first four starts (24.2 IP), 5/18-6/3...Blanked the Blue Jays over 7.0 IP on 6/8 at Rogers Centre, allowing just 3 hits in the 5-0 win and followed that with 7.0 IP vs. WSH allowing just one run on five hits - his final two wins on the year...Placed on the 15-day disabled list on 6/21 with left shoulder inflammation and was transferred to the 60-day on 7/11, missing the remainder of the season...Had neurogenic thoracic outlet surgery on 7/11 performed by Dr. Robert Thompson in St. Louis.
Made nine starts in April and May before ending up on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain on May 18... Missed the remainder of the season (121 games)... Had surgery to repair labrum and rotator cuff in late May that was performed by Dr. George Paletta... Pitched the 4/8 home opener vs. CIN and tied his career-high with 10 strikeouts... Threw a season-high 8.0 innings in back-to-back starts 4/30 vs. CIN and 5/5 at MIL, allowing a single run in both wins.
Saw his season shortened with shoulder issues, making 20 starts surrounding his D.L. stint. Made 11 starts before being placed on the disabled list on 6/6 (left shoulder strain). Was 3-4 with a 4.48 ERA in those starts. Missed 64 games while on the D.L. and made four rehab starts: one at High-A Palm Beach, two at Double-A Springfield and a final rehab start at Triple-A Memphis. Activated off the disabled list on 8/19. Made nine starts to close out the year and went 4-3 with a 3.25 ERA. Ranked T11th in the NL with 17 double plays induced. Induced double plays at a rate of 1.26/9 IP, which would have ranked 1st in the N.L. with the necessary innings needed to qualify. Was 4-2, 2.82 in nine starts at Busch, with none less than 5.2 IP and went 3-5, 5.02 in 11 road starts. Ranked 1st in the National League with 1.53GDP/9 IP during September and 8th in N.L.ERA(2.45)for the month. Also had a sub 3.00 ERA in April(2.78).His 10 hits and .250 BA paced St. Louis pitchers. Recorded four sac hits on the year, three coming in one game: 9/4 vs. NYM. Was first Cards pitcher since Adam Wainwright in 2009 to have a single, double, triple and homer in the same season. Struck out a career-high 10 batters vs. PIT on 8/19 in his first start after returning from the D.L. Threw a season-high 8.0 innings allowing two unearned runs. Won his last start, 10/1 vs. CIN to even his record at 7-7. Allowed two runs in 6.2 IP and struck out six in the 4-2 win
Posted career highs in innings (194.2), strikeouts (156), games started (32) and tied for wins (13). ... His 194.2 innings pitched were the most by a Cardinals left-handed pitcher since Mark Mulder (205.0 in 2005). ... Struck out a career high nine batters in each of his first two starts (4/3 vs. SD & 4/9 at SF). ... Cardinals were 19-13 in Garcia's 32 starts in 2011. ... Became the first Cardinals LHP (17th instance overall) since Rick Ankiel (194 in 2000) and second since John Tudor (169 in 1985) to strike out 150 batters in a season. ... Only allowed 11 extra base hits to LH batters and just two home runs (Carlos Gonzalez - 8/13; Freddie Freeman - 9/10 ... both at Busch Stadium). ... Was honored as National League co-Player of the Week (week ending 4/3) with Cubs' Starlin Castro. ... Went 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA in April (4th lowest ERA in NL in April). Posted sub-3.00 ERA in April (2.08), July (2.51) andSeptember (2.64). ... Won three consecutive decisions three separate times during the season and a high of five-straight (4/3-5/12). ... Hurled two shutouts, the first on 4/3 vs. SD (first start of the season) and again on 5/6 vs. MIL. ... Threw the first complete game shutout of the 2011 Major League season when he blanked the Padres (4/3) 2-0 in his first start of the season. ... Retired career-best first 22 batters of the game (7.1 IP) vs. MIL on 5/6 before settling for his third career complete game shutout, a career low two-hitter with eight strikeouts. It was his second CG ShO of the season to lead MLB at the time. ... Allowed just six earned runs over his first eight home starts (5-1, 0.94 ERA, 57.1 IP). ... Didn't lose his second game until 6/8 at HOU, allowing three runs in a 4-1 loss at Minute Maid Park. ... Finished second on the team with 13 wins (T12th, NL), T2nd in the N.L. in shutouts (2) and T9th in complete games (2). ... Led MLB with 23 unearned runs allowed, the most by a Cardinals pitcher since Bob Forsch (27) in 1976. ... Ranked first in NL in highest run support average (5.92) and 7th in MLB. ... Ranked T3rd in the N.L. in double plays (25) and fourth in DP/9 IP (1.16). ... Uncorked a career-high 12 wild pitches, ranking T2nd in the N.L. ... Had a home record of 9-4 with a 2.55 ERA (7th in NL) in 15 starts. The nine home wins were T7th in the NL. ... Hit his 1st career HR, a 3-run shot into the second deck at Miller Park, on 8/2 in a Cardinals 8-7 win in 11 innings. ... Threw 7.2 innings allowing four unearned runs in a 6-5 win over NY (9/21) to tie his single-season high of 13 wins. Posted career win No. 25 in a 6.0 inning effort against the Reds on 9/3. Allowed two runs (1 ER) on seven hits with 6 Ks. ... Posted worst outing of ML career 5/28 at COL allowing 12 runs on 11 hits in 3.1 IP including a 50-pitch 1st inn., en route to season-high 106 pitches. ... Matched his career-high of nine strikeouts in a no-decision at SF (4/9), allowed only one run in 6.0 IP.2011 POSTSEASON: Made five starts in the postseason recording an 0-2 record with a 4.21 ERA ... had a 1.80 ERA in two World Series starts (10.0 IP), which was the lowest by a Cardinals pitcher making two starts in the same World Series since Danny Cox registered a 1.29 ERA in two starts in 1985 ... his 9.0 strikeouts/9.0 IP were T5th best in Cardinals World Series history (min. 2 GS) ... his 25.2 innings pitched ranked 3rd trailing only Chris Carpenter (36.0) and C.J. Wilson (28.0) in 2011 postseason ... his 21 strikeouts ranked T3rd with teammate Chris Carpenter, trailing C.J.Wilson (26) and Justin Verlander (25) ... started Game 3 of the NLDS vs. PHI and threw 6.2 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts before Ben Francisco hit a three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the 7th -- his seven strikeouts were the most in a single postseason game by a Cardinals pitcher in 2011 ... was one of two pitchers (Gallardo, MIL) to record an RBI in the postseason, grounding out to score David Freese in Game 5 of the NLCS; became one of20 Cardinals pitchers to record an RBI in the postseason ... threw 7.0 scoreless innings of three-hit ball in Game 2 of the World Seriesin a no-decision in 2-1 Cardinals loss ... started Game 6 of theWorld Series and did not get a decision, allowing two runs over 3.0 innings.
Had one of the best rookie campaigns of 2010, ranking not only among top rookie pitchers, but top Major League pitchers in several categories. Was named to the Topps, Baseball Digest and Baseball America All-Rookie Teams...Finished 3rd in the National League Rookie of the Year award voting (Buster Posey, SF), garnering one first place vote, one second and 16 third place votes. Was the only pitcher in the Top 8 players voted...Received one third place vote in the National League Cy Young award voting, finishing 12th in the balloting...Ranked 4th in the National League in ERA (2.70), 2nd among all MLB rookies...His 2.70 ERA was the lowest by a Cards LH starter since John Tudor recorded a 2.40 ERA in 22 starts (25 gms) during 1990...Finished the season with 13 wins, the first STL rookie since Alan Benes (13 in 1996) to win 13 games. Dick Hughes (16-6 in 1967) was the last STL rookie to win more then 13 games...Led all rookies with 13 wins & his .619 winning pct. ranked 2nd. Fanned 132 batters (3rd) and his 163.1 innings pitched and 28 starts were 2nd most among National League rookies...Ranked 3rd in the N.L. in ground ball/fly ball ratio (2.49) and ground ball percentage (71.4%)...Threw just 93.2 pitches per start, 4th fewest in the N.L. of qualifying pitchers (1.0 IP/team game)...His 15 unearned runs allowed were T5th in the N.L. along with teammate C. Carpenter and ARI's R. Lopez...Of 28 starts, 19 were quality starts (T24th among N.L. pitchers)...Led STL pitchers and was 16th in the N.L. as hitters swung and missed on 24.1% of Jaime's pitches thrown...Went 6-4 with a 1.74 ERA (2nd in the N.L.) in 14 home starts & was 7-4, 3.82 ERA in 14 road starts...Opponents hit .243 against him, ranking 18th in the National League...Had a 19.1 scoreless IP streak from 8/17-9/3, spanning parts of four starts. Went 22.1 IP without allowing an earned run (8/10-9/3, spanning 5 starts)...Had the 3rd lowest ERA through his first 12 starts (1.49) for any rookie left-hander. (Elias)...His 10 hits were the most by a STL rookie pitcher since Jason Simontacchi had 12 in 2002...His start on 4/10 was the first left-handed start for the Cardinals since his start on 7/20/08. With his win on 4/10 at MIL he became the first left-handed starter to win a game for the Cardinals since Mark Mudler did so on 6/15/06, a span of 586 games between wins by a Cardinals LH starter...Pitched a CG 9-0 shutout over the Giants on 8/22, giving up three hits, no walks with 6 K's. He needed just 89 pitches, the fewest pitches for a Cardinals CG since B. Tewksbury used 86 vs. the Padres on 5/30/92...Allowed only five extra-base hits vs. lefthanded batters (four 2Bs, 1 HR - Ryan Howard).
Began season on the 15-day D.L. with a torn ligament in his left elbow. Started rehab assignment for Gulf Coast League on7/23, transferred to Palm Beach (8/4) and finished with Memphis (8/19). Activated on 8/20 and optioned to Memphis on 8/21...Started four games at Memphis, going 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA. Did not allow an earned run after the first inning in any game...Started two playoff games for Memphis (2-0) without allowing an earned run in 12 innings with four hits and 13 strikeouts...Tossed 5.1 innings of one-hit ball with an unearned run and six strikeouts in Game 1 win over Albuquerque (9/9) and backed it with a double and a run scored at the plate...Continued post-season success with 6.2 scoreless innings in Game 1 win over Sacramento in PCL Championship round (9/15), fanning seven and allowing just three hits in the win...Made two starts for GCL and Palm Beach. Pitched 12 consecutive scoreless innings before allowing a run for Palm Beach...Ranked ninth among all Cardinals minor league pitchers with a 1.04 walks+hit/innings pitched (WHIP) rating...Rated as "Best Curveball" in the Cardinals organization in Baseball America's "Best Tools" survey.
Pitched at three levels (AA-AAA-ML) before undergoing "Tommy John" elbow surgery in September.... A 3-2, 2.06 start at Springfield (AA) earned him a promotion to Memphis (AAA) in early May.... Was purchased from Memphis on 7/10 and his Major League debut came on 7/11 at PIT with 2.0 IP in relief to close out win.... Made his first ML start on 7/20 vs. SD and went 5.0 IP, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits in a no-decision.... Was optioned to Memphis 7/25 before being recalled 8/1. Tossed 1.2 scoreless IP & picked up 1st big-league Hold 8/1 vs. PHI.... He posted the win 8/5 vs. LA, one outing after suffering his 1st big-league loss on 8/3 vs. PHI.... Earned his 2nd Hold 8/15 vs. CIN with flawless 2.0 IP, getting 5 ground outs and a strikeout against the Reds.... Was placed on the disabled list on 9/3, retroactive to 8/27, and underwent season-ending left elbow "Tommy John" surgery on9/8, performed by Dr. George Paletta.
Season was interrupted due to left elbow discomfort. Was shut down on 7/23 as team doctors prescribed rest for a sprainedligament. Was leading the Texas League with 97 strikeouts and his 3.75 ERA was 10th-lowest in the league at the time of his shutdown. Issued 45 walks, second-most in the league at the time of being sidelined. Fanned six-or-more batters in 10 of 18 starts, including seven of his last eight. Won two of his last three starts (2-1, 1.80 ERA, 20.0 IP/4 ER, 9 BB, 18 SO). Limited opponents to a .203 (12-59) batting average with runners on and two outs and a .200 (8-40) batting average withrunners in scoring position and two outs. Pitched a scoreless inning at the Texas League All-Star Game on 6/26, allowing two hits while fanning one. Rated as the fourth-best Cardinals prospect by Baseball America.
Represented the Cardinals at the Futures Game as partof All-Star Game festivities in Pittsburgh, Pa., but did not appearin the game...led all Cardinals minor league pitchers with 131strikeouts...his 10 wins ranked T4th in the STL minor leaguesystem and his combined 3.37 ERA ranked 8th...named CardinalsMinor League Pitcher of the Month for April when he went 2-1 witha 2.52 ERA in four starts...named to the West squad at theMidwest League All-Star Game...ranked the second-best prospectin the Cardinals system by Baseball America