Kapolei native Rico Garcia big league bound
Kapolei native and Saint Louis School grad Rico Garcia is headed to the big leagues with the Colorado Rockies. The HPU grad called up on Monday and is set to make his first MLB start on Tuesday when he takes the hill in Colorado vs. the Boston Red Sox.
During his time as a Saint Louis Crusader, he earned 2nd team All-ILH honors as a pitcher during his junior year and both 2nd team pitcher and 2nd year utility his senior year
As a sophomore Shark was named the team MVP setting two school records in strikeouts for a season and strike outs for a game tossing 16 back in March of 2014 on his way to 2nd team All-Pac West honors.
As a junior Garcia finished with a 2.18 ERA, first team All-Pac West and named the HPU male athlete of the year but senior year did not register any particular honors finished with a 3.39 ERA.
In 2016 drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 30th round.
After making 13 starts in Double-A Hartford, he had a 1.85 ERA striking out 132 hitters in 123.1 innings before being promoted to Triple-A Albuquerque
Despite struggling in Triple-A registering a 7.16 ERA in 12 starts, injuries for the Rockies have sent the team looking for replacements in the minor leagues.