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Jesus Alberto Garces

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Jesus Garces was a minor league baseball infielder who played from 1989 to 1992 in the Philadelphia Phillies system. He is the brother of Major League Baseball pitcher Rich Garces [1].

He was signed by the Phillies as a free-agent on August 27, 1989. He played in 47 games for the Martinsville Phillies that year, collecting 43 hits in 150 at-bats for a .287 batting average. Although he wasn't much of a hitter overall throughout his career, he did prove to have a good eye at the plate - for example, he walked 28 times in 1989, striking out only 27 times. He also hit the only two home runs of his professional career in 1989.

In 1990, Garces played in 49 games for the Princeton Patriots, hitting only .149 in 161 at-bats. Of his 24 hits, only two were for extra bases - one was a double, the other a triple. The good eye at the plate he displayed the year before evaded him in 1990, as he walked only 12 times while striking out 34 times.

1991 was an improvement for Garces, although it was still a poor season overall. He spent time with the Clearwater Phillies, Batavia Clippers and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons. He played in seven games with Clearwater, 55 games with Batavia and three games with Scranton. Overall that year, he hit a combined .239 in 197 at-bats. He had only five extra base hits overall, four doubles and a triple. He walked 29 times and struck out only 13 times in 1991.

Garces played in only 12 games in 1992, all with the Spartanburg Phillies. In 36 at-bats that year, he collected only two hits for a .056 batting average. He did however walk nine times and strikeout only twice, which was fairly impressive.

1992 would prove to be his final season in professional baseball. Overall, he hit .213 in 544 at-bats. In 173 minor league games, Garces hit 14 doubles, two triples and two home runs. He drove in 45 runs and scored 77 times. Garces walked a total of 79 times and struck out only 76 times.

At last check, Garces lived in Maracay, Venezuela.

After professional baseball, he has served as a scout for the Boston Red Sox [2] and the Detroit Tigers [3] and has coached in the Venezuelan Summer League [4]. He signed Hernan Perez. He has also served as bench coach of the Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan League.

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