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High School: West Torrance High School
College: UC Santa Barbara
Drafted by the Boston Red Sox
James Garcia is a former minor league pitcher who played from 2002 to 2011. He spent parts of three seasons at Triple-A.
He attended West Torrance High School, and later he attended the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2001, Garcia was a Big West Conference All-Star. He throws a good breaking ball and averaged more than one strikeout per inning.
This 6′ 0″, 210 right-handed pitcher was originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox, 895th overall, in the 30th round of the 1998 amateur draft, but did not sign. He began his professional career in 2002 after being signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Francisco Giants.
He pitched for the AZL Giants and Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in 2002, going a combined 1-3 with a 1.53 ERA in 24 relief appearances. He had 42 strikeouts and only 13 hits allowed in 29 1/3 innings. In 2003, he was 6-7 with a 4.17 ERA in 40 games (7 starts) for the San Jose Giants and Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies. In 95 innings, he had 127 Ks. With San Jose and Fresno again in 2004, he was 5-6 with a 3.69 ERA in 51 games (7 starts), striking out 118 batters in 105 innings. With the Norwich Navigators in 2005, Garcia was 6-7 with a 4.93 ERA in 32 games (15 starts). He pitched for San Jose, the Connecticut Defenders and Fresno in 2006 and was 8-12 with a 4.72 ERA in 30 games (27 starts).
High School: Heritage High School (Romoland, CA)
College: Sterling College
Professional: Therwil Flyers (Therwil, Switzerland)
Currently coaches at PV High School (Palos Verces, CA)
- Palos Verdes High School Coach (2018-Present)
- LA Dodgers Training Academy (2019-Present)
- Beach City Baseball Academy (El Segundo, CA) (2018-2020)
- North Torrance High School Frosh Head Coach (2018)
- The Refinery (Torrance, CA) (2017)
- Coach of South Bay Surf 12u-14u (2017)
- Coach of South Bay Saints 14u-16u (2017)
- Virginia Marlins, World Baseball League (12th Grade/Junior College) (2016)
- Menifee Mayhem 11u-14u (2011-2013)
High School: Riverside Poly High School
College: Cal State University San Marcos
- My pony league experience was great. I played in a very competitive league in riverside and was on all the all-star and travel teams.
- High school I played 1st base and Pitched at Riverside Poly (we were nationally ranked top 10 every year.) I was pulled up to varsity as a freshman. That team had 6 guys drafted. Two of them are still in the bigs. Senior year I led CIF d1 in batting avg (BA .480), was always near the top for era ( mid 2’s behind my own teammates). I was 1st team CIF junior and senior year and played in CIF finals at Angel stadium my junior year (lost to Matre Dei… should have won.) All four years I played summer ball with the Trombly baseball academy.
- Went to CSU San Marcos on an athletic scholarship and played 1st. Was moved to a closer role on the mound and DH’d. Had a decent college career (BA .330) had to red shirt sophomore year due to shoulder injury that never went away. I had a few looks and work outs with scouting bureaus but the comments were the same, I could hit but I was done as a player
- 2014 and 2015 I was asked to coach one of the 18u teams for Trombly baseball academy. I played in that program in high school. I worked with hitters and pitchers and 1st basemen for all age groups of the program (age 12 +) apart from assistant coaching the 18u team. This was a very competitive program where most of the kids were D1, D2 bound if not draftable
- 2016 and 17 I helped coach a private high school Spirit Academy that needed some real baseball help (I was good friends with the manager who was a dad of a player). Not a high talent level situation but really enjoyed helping the guys improve and learn.
- 2019 I coached at Huntington Beach high school JV as pitching coach and hitting coach. I called all of those games for the pitchers. Main goal on that team was to get pitchers and hitters to fine tune skills to make the Varsity program.
High School: Torrance High School
Professional: Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 2nd round of the 2010 MLB Draft.
The Schaumburg Boomers have announced the signing of infielder Angelo Gumbs for the 2021 season.
Gumbs, 28, is a native of Torrance, California where he was a standout at Torrance High School. The New York Yankees drafted him in the second round of the 2010 MLB Draft. He spent six seasons (2010-2015) in the Yankees minor league system. In total Gumbs appeared in 369 games producing 318 hits, with 68 doubles and 150 RBIs for the Yankees affiliates. “We are very excited to have Angelo joining us. He is a talented individual that should be a big producer for us,” said manager Jamie Bennett. “Aside from his talent he has always had a reputation for playing hard and bringing energy to the ball club every day. His experience will be a big plus for this team”
The Cincinnati Reds signed the infielder in 2016 where he would spend the next two seasons. He had a strong season with the Single-A Daytona Tortugas, hitting .298 with 11 homeruns and 55 RBIs in 98 games. In 376 at-bats he scored 54 runs, hit 18 doubles, achieved a .342 on base percentage, and a .460 slugging percentage for a .803 OPS. Gumbs was promoted to the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos in 2017 and played in 54 games, hitting .231, with 34 hits. Pensacola was named the Southern League Co-Champions after the championship series was canceled due to the threat of Hurricane Irma.
Gumbs spent the 2018 season playing for the Cleburne Railroaders of the American Association. In his only season of independent baseball he hit .276, with four homers, and 21 RBIs in 241 plate appearances.