EPCC Tejanos baseball player Eudor Garcia was named the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Player of the Year and signed with the New York Mets organization.
“I got drafted and I was pretty excited, I was shocked; then I got a call from my coach saying ‘you know what, you’re the national player of the year,’ and I was like whoa!” Garcia said. “That’s the highest award you can get at this level and I got it.
“It’s something that you always work for throughout the whole season and at the end it shows the results; it pays off.”
Garcia got a signing bonus of $305,000 for the contract with the Mets and he will be paid $1,100 per month while playing for the team.
“It’s a new chapter in my life. This stage is going to be a new experience, so I feel happy, I’m excited. It’s what I always wanted to do, I just got to look forward, keep working hard,” Garcia said.
The last time an EPCC player was drafted was Hector Bernal in 2006 by the Milwaukee Brewers.
In his two years with the Tejanos, Garcia broke four single season and three career batting records, including total bases (290), home runs (23), batting average (.435) and slugging percentage (.780).
“I’m glad I went to EPCC. It was just a great experience I had these past few years. I’ll never forget that. I’m proud to say that I’m a Tejano,” Garcia said. “It’s something that I never expected. It makes me feel proud to represent EPCC like that.”
Garcia was also named to the NJCAA Division I All- American first team after his Western Junior College Athletic Conference season.
He is the first person to receive the recognition in the 19-year history of the Tejanos baseball program.
“It feels great to hear people say that I’ll go far and that I’m going to make it,” Garcia said. “I got calls from other teammates and other teams in our conference telling me con- grats.”
He was also honored as the Most Valuable Player and made the All-Region-5 team.