HPU, Saint Louis alum Rico Garcia to make MLB debut

Former Saint Louis pitcher Rico Garcia is getting called up to the big leagues. Star-Advertiser file photo.

Right-handed pitcher Rico Garcia, a Saint Louis School alumnus who was drafted in 2016 after his senior season at Hawaii Pacific by the Colorado Rockies, is being called up to the big leagues, according to a source.

Garcia is expected to pitch Tuesday against Rick Porcello and the Boston Red Sox at Coors Field.

UPDATE: Garcia’s father posted the news on his facebook page:

Garcia was a 30th-round draft pick of the Rockies and one of two HPU players taken in the 2016 draft.

He threw five shutout innings and allowed three hits with five strikeouts in a 9-0 victory for the Albuquerque Isotopes in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League on Wednesday. He was scheduled to pitch in tonight’s game against Las Vegas but has been pulled from his start.

He is 2-4 with a 7.16 ERA in 12 starts for the Isotopes this year, allowing 73 hits in 55 1/3 innings with 24 walks and 45 strikeouts.

Garcia holds records at Hawaii Pacific for strikeouts in a game (16), strikeouts in a season (87) and strikeouts in his career (217).

He will be the second HPU alum to play in an MLB game joining Benny Agbayani.


  1. Oahu August 27, 2019 1:15 pm

    Congrats Good to see local boys more and more every year in MLB.

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