The independent Frederick Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) club today announced the signings of two right-handed experienced pitchers, Andrew Johnston and ex- major leaguer Edgar Garcia.
Garcia has played parts of three seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Philadelphia Phillies
(2019), Tampa Bay Rays (2020), Cincinnati Reds (2021) and Minnesota Twins (2021).
Garcia has made appearances in 52 MLB games and over 200 appearances in minor league games during his career.
“It’s rare to see a talent like Edgar, who is only 26 years old and has MLB experience in parts of three
seasons,” Manager Mark Minicozzi said in a press release. “We believe Edgar can develop his talent in Frederick and in the short time get another opportunity with a MLB club.”
The Cleveland Indians drafted Johnston in the 26th round of the 2003 MLB June Amateur Player Draft in
out of Jefferson College but decided to remain in college. Then, the Colorado Rockies selected him in the 9th round of the 2005 MLB June Amateur Player Draft out of the University of Missouri.
Johnston has played as high as AAA with the Rockies. He has been a workhorse in Atlantic League bullpens over the span of seven seasons with 40-plus appearances per campaign. He has compiled 138 saves in his 15-year career.
“Andrew is a veteran who provides high character, great leadership and a wealth of experience to our
bullpen,” Minicozzi said.
The club will open its 2023 season on the road against the Gastonia Honey Hunters on Friday, April 28.
— Jerry Del Priore