Garcia, Martinez recognized as Cardinals' top minor-leaguers for June

News-DemocratJuly 2, 2013 

Outfielder Anthony Garcia, of high-Class A Palm Beach, on Tuesday was named the St. Louis Cardinals' Minor League Player of the month for June, while right-hander Carlos Martinez, of Class AAA Memphis, received the organization's Pitcher of the Month.

Garcia, 21, the Cardinals' 18th-round selection (549th overall) in the 2009 draft, batted .385 (25-for-65) with seven home runs and 14 RBIs, with a 1.298 on-base plus slugging percentage. He lifted his batting average from .181 to .244, and his seven home runs were third-most in the Florida State League for June.

Garcia ranks 10th in the league with 11 home runs. The Carolina, Puerto Rico, native won two of the four total Florida State League Player-of-the-Week awards (June 3-9 and June 24-30) in June.

"Anthony has really begun to turn his season around, made some adjustments, and is now playing well in all facets of his game," said John Vuch, the Cardinals' director of minor league operations. "Palm Beach is a pitcher's park and the Florida State League as a whole is a tough place for any hitter, so it was impressive to see the kind of production that Anthony put up this month as a 21-year old in that environment."

Martinez, 21, a non-drafted free agent out of Colinas Del Sur, Dominican Republic, was 2-2 with a 2.20 ERA over six starts. He struck out 30 batters in 32 2/3 innings and did not surrender a home run while facing 139 batters during the month.

Martinez made seven relief appearances in St. Louis during May before being optioned to Memphis to work in the rotation.

"It was exciting to see Carlos jump right back into the starting role this month and have this kind of immediate success," Vuch said. "While building his pitch count back up, he's also done a great job of utilizing all of his pitches to continue to enhance his repertoire as a starter."

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