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Goldeyes sign catcher Guida, pitcher Garcian for 2014 season

Team Release

3/11/2014 4:14:24 PM

Winnipeg Goldeyes manager Rick Forney announced today the signing of catcher Jordan Guida and right-handed pitcher Christian Garcia to contracts for the 2014 season.

Guida, 25, saw limited action in 42 games with the Goldeyes last season. He hit .184 in 38 at-bats and registered an RBI. He didn't register enough at-bats to accumulate a year of service, so he remains a first-year rookie in the American Association.

“He's a really good rookie,” Forney said. “Unfortunately the way our roster evolved last year, we didn't get him nearly enough playing time as I would have liked.  He has the ability to be a really good catcher. He has good hands, a really strong throwing arm, good feet behind the plate and really does a good job of calling games. Offensively, I think he has a lot of pop and some extra-base hit potential. We look forward to see him in camp again this year.”

Guida was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Detroit Tigers in 2012 and played the second half of that season in their system.

Garcia, 22, played most of last season in the Houston Astros organization at the Rookie level with Greeneville of the Appalachian League. He went 2-1 with a 5.85 ERA in 16 appearances with Greeneville and had two scoreless appearances with Class A Short Season Tri-City of the New York/Penn League.

“He came highly recommended from an agent,” Forney said. “He has a powerful arm, anywhere from 91-94 MPH. We're looking for some younger guys to help fill out our pitching staff. We're hopeful he can come in and solidify a spot on the team. He can start and relieve. We'll get a good look at him in training camp and determine where he fits best on our roster.”

A 29th round selection by the Astros in the 2012 MLB amateur draft, Garcia played the last two seasons in their system at the Rookie and Class A Short Season levels.

Winnipeg has also released pitchers Mark Hardy and Patrick Keating, who have retired from professional baseball.

The Goldeyes now have 20 players signed for the 2014 season, including nine pitchers and 11 position players.