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Jason Garcia was born in New York, and his family is made up of devout Yankees fans.
So when Garcia was drafted Tuesday afternoon by the Boston Red Sox in the first-year player draft, the Land O'Lakes ace could sense a mere hint of disappointment that he was picked by their archrival.
"My dad said no matter how far I make it they will never wear Red Sox jerseys," Garcia said with a laugh.
Garcia was the 533rd pick in the 17th round. He spent the season hounded by radar guns, each zeroing in on his fastball that has topped out at 94 mph. Video cameras captured his pitching motion and the movement on his breaking ball.
Garcia went 6-4 with a 1.46 ERA and 107 strikeouts while earning Times' North Suncoast first-team honors.
Garcia has signed with St. Petersburg College, but has indicated in the past the right scenario could entice him to make the leap to professional baseball.
Garcia said Tuesday he would await a call from the Red Sox scout breaking down their proposal and the next step in the process. Garcia said he hopes to make a decision between the Red Sox and St. Petersburg College by week's end.