Land O’ Lakes pitcher taken in the MLB draft
Land O’ Lakes High baseball player Jason Garcia was the only Pasco County senior selected during the MLB first-year player draft June 8. The Boston Red Sox took the right-handed pitcher in the 17th round, 533rd overall.
Garcia had a 6-4 record in 11 appearances, all starts, and six complete games in 2010. He posted a team-leading 1.46 earned run average and also led the team with 107 strikeouts while walking 24 batters.
The 6-foot, 185-pound Garcia has until August to either sign with the Red Sox or retain his amateur status, which allows him to play at the college level. He signed to play at St. Petersburg College and has said he is unsure if he will sign with the Red Sox or stay in school.
Garcia was not only the pitcher with Pasco ties selected June 8. Former Zephyrhills pitcher Geoff Parker was picked by the Colorado Rockies in the ninth round as well. Parker graduated from Zephyrhills in 2007 and just completed his junior season at Florida State University.
-All stats as provided to Maxpreps.com by coaches as of June 14.
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