Freddy Garcia

Freddy GarciaIn his first eight seasons in the big leagues, Freddy Garcia was a sure thing. Once the Seattle Mariners put him in their rotation as a 22-year old rookie in 1999, Garcia was good for 30-34 starts per year. He led the league in ERA as the ace of the 2001 Mariners team that won a record 116 games, and after he was traded to the Chicago White Sox, the Venezuelan righty continued to be a durable starter. In 2005 he pitched a complete game victory in Game Four of the Al Championship Series and then twirled 1-0 victory in the clinching Game Four of the World Series.

His 30s have not been as kind to Garcia – he suffered arm injuries three times and bounced from team to team before signing to return to the ChiSox in 2009. He won 24 games in two seasons in his second stint with Chicago before inking a free agent deal with the New York Yankees in 2011. In 2012, for the first time in Garcia’s career he was sent to the bullpen by Yankee manager Joe Girardi after struggling to get out of the second inning in consecutive starts in April.

Veneazuelan Pitchers with at least 100 wins
Freddy Garcia … 149
Johan Santana … 139
Carlos Zambrano … 130
Wilson Alvarez … 102
Kelvim Escobar … 101

(As of July 25, 2012)