Sergio Garcia Signs With Los Angeles Dodgers

June 12, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State senior infielder Sergio Garcia signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and will report the team's minor league facility in Vero Beach, Fla., to find out where he will begin his professional career.

Garcia, a senior who transferred from Oklahoma following the 2001 season, finished sixth on the team in hitting with a .336 batting average and played exceptionally well down the stretch, helping lead ASU to the NCAA Tournament. Of his 32 starts, 25 came at second base and seven at shortstop.

Highlights of his senior season included hitting his only home run of the year in a 3-1 loss at Stanford (5/12) to extend ASU's NCAA record consecutive games scoring streak to 421 games (currently at 433). His best performance of the year came against 19th-ranked USC (5/19) when he went 5-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI. Garcia also recorded nine multi-hit games in 2002.

An honorable mention selection in both the Big 12 (2001) and Pac-10 (2002) during his baseball career, the Paramount, Calif., native started his collegiate career at Cerritos Junior College. Garcia will join former Sun Devil infielder Mike Collins (1996-98) and catcher Paul Lo Duca (1993) who are both in the Los Angeles Dodger organization. Collins is currently hitting .329 with the Double-A Jacksonville Suns, while Lo Duca is in his second year as the Dodgers everyday catcher.

Sergio Garcia's Career Statistics at Oklahoma (2001) and Arizona State (2002):

Year       Avg   GP-GS     AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   BB   SO   SB-ATT2001....  .311   59-59    225   33   70   11    2    4   33   22   32    8-142002....  .336   49-32    113   30   38    4    0    1   14   20   11   16-22TOTAL...  .320  108-91    338   63  108   15    2    5   47   42   43   24-36

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