Alabama State Sends Starting Catcher
Alabama State University, a representative of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), will send a power-hitting catcher to Waynesboro this summer. Currently, the Hornets sit a game over the .500 mark, but sit pretty in conference play. They own an 18-5 record when taking on teams in conference. The catcher that will look to compete behind the plate for the Gens this summer is Santiago Garcia.
Santiago Garcia – Catcher
The 5’10 205 pound sophomore from Enterprise, Alabama should provide plenty of offense for the Generals this summer. He’s the son of Elizabeth and Santiago Garcia. Wherever compact catcher has been, he’s always hit. He finished his high school career with a .399 batting average, including his senior campaign where he hit .484. In 2017, Santiago was named Baseball Factory Under Armour Preseason All-American. He would split time a bit once he came to Alabama State. In his freshman year, he hit .281 in 31 games played for the Hornets. He’s shown the ability to also play a little bit of first base in his collegiate career, so if his bat is hot, look for head coach Zac Cole to pencil him in at the corner. Last summer, Santiago was named MINK Player of the Year in the fellow collegiate summer baseball league where he led the Sedalia Bombers to the championship. After his stellar summer, he’s picked up where he left off. Santiago has played in 49 games for the Hornets and is 3rd on the team with a .318 average. Over his 67 hits he has spread out 15 doubles and 9 homers with 57 runs driven in. With those kind of numbers and his summer collegiate championship pedigree, look for Santiago to be key in the Gens making a run at the title this year. Please welcome to Waynesboro, Santiago Garcia!