Ulfrido García

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Ulfrido García Andújar

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 163 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Ulfrido García has pitched in Cuba, the independent leagues and Italy.

García debuted for the Santiago de Cuba Wasps in 2012-2013, going 3-4 with a 4.20 ERA. He fell to 3-6, 4.67 in 2013-2014. In 2014-2015, he was 5-5 with a 2.71 ERA for Santiago de Cuba in the first half; they failed to qualify for the second half and he was picked up by Isla de la Juventud, for whom he had a 5-4, 5.13 record. In the finals, he lost game 1 to Ciego de Ávila by giving up a first-inning grand slam to Yoelvis Fiss. [1] For the season, he tied for 6th in the league in wins (with Yoanni Yera, Danny Aguilera and Yunier Cano), tied Darién Núñez for 3rd in losses, was 8th in IP (119, between Yoalkis Cruz and Ismel Jiménez) and 3rd with 55 walks. [2]

The lefty was only 2-6 with a 5.13 ERA for Santiago de Cuba in the first half of 2015-2016 then was claimed by Granma for the second half but did worse there (1-2, 9.50). He tied Cruz and Yosvani Torres for 6th in the league in losses. [3] He pitched twice for Cuba in the Canadian-American Association in 2016, going 1-1 with 4 runs in 3 innings. His ERA improved to 4.69 in the 2016-2017 Serie Nacional but his record was again poor (3-9) for a 14-30 team. He tied for third in defeats, with Arbelito Quiroz, Carlos Santsteban and Liván Moinelo. [4] He again pitched in the Can-Am Association for the Cuban team, going 0-4 with a 6.23 ERA.

Ulfrido started 2017-2018 7-4 with a 3.84 ERA for the Wasps, their only pitcher with more than three wins. They again were eliminated after the first half; this time, he was drafted by Granma again but was much better (4-1, 1.69) than in his prior stint with them. He finished second in the circuit in complete games (7, 2 behind Dachel Duquesne), tied Duquesne for 4th in wins, tied for the shutout lead (2, even with Lázaro Blanco, David Mena and Denis Castillo), was 7th in innings (120, between Yudiel Rodríguez and Misael Silva), was 4th in K (79, between Vladimir García and Rodríguez), tied Duquesne for 5th in winning percentage (.688) and was 6th in ERA (between Erly Casanova and Alain Sánchez) for a vast improvement over his past couple seasons. He was torched by Las Tunas in game 2 of the finals (4 runs, 0 outs) but won game 5 as Granma defended their title in 7 games. [5]

In the 2018 Caribbean Series, he got one start for Granma. He allowed 3 runs in 5 to the Criollos de Caguas, leaving with a 3-3 tie. All the runs came on solo homers - by Anthony García, Rubén Gotay and Dayron Varona. Leandro Martínez took over and Cuba would go on to win the game over the eventual Series champs. [6] He pitched for the Cuban national team in the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games, getting one start for the Silver Medalists. Facing Venezuela, he turned in a fine outing (5 2/3 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 5 K, 2 R) but lost a 2-1 decision to Carlos Parra. [7]

Continuing his busy year, he also pitched for Parmaclima in the 2018 Italian Serie A1, like several other Cuban national team members. He was 5-4 with a 3.81 ERA but struck out 85 in 54 1/3 IP. While he was not among the top 10 in ERA, he was 5th in strikeouts (between Marc-André Habeck and Jorge Martínez) and tied for 6th in wins (even with Logán Durán, Yohan Pino and Carlos Quevedo). He lost game 2 of the 2018 Italian Series to Unipolsai Bologna, with 10 runs in 4 innings. In game 4, the finale, he relieved Michele Pomponi with a 2-0 deficit and one out in the 6th. He allowed one run in the next 4 2/3 IP as Parma tied it. In the 11th, he allowed the game-losing hit when Giuseppe Mazzanti drove in Kevin Moesquit. He finished the Series 0-2, 11.17. [8]

García was 3-2 with a 2.78 ERA in the first half of 2018-2019; when Santiago de Cuba did not make it to the second half, he was picked up by Holguín and had a 2-6, 6.13 record the rest of the way. In 2019-2020, he was 6-8 with a 5.04 ERA. That was his final season; he suffered a shoulder injury then would die two years later of a heart attack. [9]