2001 - 2004
BiographyJesus Jesse Garcia was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on September 24, 1973. Jesse played Little League and American Legion baseball. He was a 1992 graduate of Robstown High School, where he played four years of baseball, basketball and football, and he ran track for three years. Garcia was selected to the All-State team in baseball and was named MVP for South Texas. He also boxed competitively for ten years; Jesse won several Golden Gloves titles, posting a 53-2 record in the ring. Garcia attended Lee (TX) Junior College for one year and was named All-Conference and All-Region. In 1993hHe led national junior college players with 42 steals in 43 attempts. Garcia was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 26th round of the 1993 amateur draft.
Braves Career Highlights2001: Was primarily used as a pinch runner after being recalled from AAA Richmond Sept. 1...Started season at Richmond and was recalled by Atlanta July 7; went 1 x 5 in 10 games before being optioned back to AAA Aug. 1...Hit .264 with 2 HRs, 22 RBI, 18 SBs and 21 sacrifice bunts in 104 games for Richmond...Led International League with 21 sacrifice hits at the time of his recall...Led Richmond with 18 stolen bases...Had a season-best 11- game hitting streak June 8-19 (20 x 46, 8 2B, 4 RBI, 4 SB, 12 R). 2002: Began season at Richmond; had contract purchased by Atlanta May 18; outrighted back to AAA July 23; contract purchased again Sept. 3...Usually an infielder, made ML debut at OF on May 28 at Mon...Played 4 games in the OF...Had 17-game hitting streak (including 12 games at time of May 18 callup) April 24- July 30 for R-Braves; had sat out April 26-May 4 with infection in left foot...Hit 2 HR in 6-5 win over Durham Aug. 25; 2nd HR was game-winning 2-run shot in bottom of 9th inning. 2003: Had contract purchased from AAA Richmond after Aug. 31 game at Pit...Named to AAA All-Star team; went 0 x 2 in mid-season game...Ranked 6th in International League with a career-high .306 BA; also set a career best with 29 stolen bases...Led Richmond with 130 hits and 36 multi-hit games...Was Richmond's May Player of the Month (.390, 9 RBI)...Collected 4 hits June 6 at Louisville and Aug. 22 vs. Charlotte. 2004: Jesse made an appearance in 50 games, a career high. He recorded a .252 batting average, with 10 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. On August 27, Garcia was released by the Braves.
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