Rene, not Freddy:
Tucson Toros pitcher Rene Garcia called a Chicago White Sox scout to share some good news a week ago.Garcia, a right-hander, struck out seven in 3 2/3 scoreless innings in Long Beach, Calif. More importantly, his fastball hit 95 mph. After sustaining a shoulder injury in college, Garcia saw his velocity drop from 93-94 to 88-91 mph. But pitching for the Toros, he has returned to form, so he called his friend, Sox area scout Bryan Huie. As Huie watched Friday night at Hi Corbett Field, Garcia hit 95 mph again in the Toros’ 6-5 victory over Victoria. And on Saturday, Garcia landed a contract with the Sox organization. He said he planned to leave as early as today to report to their rookie-level team in Bristol, Va. He will join former Pima College teammate Jared McDonald.
UPDATE: Video of Garcia (end of page).