Victor J. Garate
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 1", Weight 160 lb.
- Debut September 5, 2009
- Final Game September 22, 2009
- Born September 25, 1984 in Maracay, Aragua Venezuela
Victor Garate pitched in his 8th minor league season in 2009 and also made his major league debut with the Washington Nationals.
Garate was signed by scouts Andres Reiner and Pablo Torrealba for the Houston Astros in 2001. He debuted in 2002 for Venoco, going 1-3 with 2 saves and a 1.98 ERA in 13 games. The southpaw was 3-1 with a 1.39 ERA in the Venezuelan Summer League in 2003 for the same team, allowing only a .163 average. He was 4th in the league in ERA. In 2004, Victor went 3-2 with a save and a 1.53 ERA for Venoco 1.
Coming stateside, Garate went 4-1 with a 5.57 ERA for the 2005 Greeneville Astros, allowing 21 hits in 32 1/3 innings but walking 26. He did strike out 53. In 2006, Garate was excellent for the Tri-City ValleyCats, going 4-0 with 8 saves and a 0.92 ERA in 21 games. He struck out 59 in 39 1/3 innings, walking 21 but allowing merely 14 hits - a .112 opponent average. The southpaw split 2007 between the Lexington Legends (3-1, Sv, 6.43, 35 BB, 47 H in 42 IP) and Tri-City (3-1, 2 Sv, 3.31, 45 K in 32 2/3 IP).
Garate was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in tthe AAA portion of the 2007 Rule V Draft. He split 2008 between the Great Lakes Loons (6-3, 1.85, 61 H, 28 BB, 103 K in 77 2/3 IP) and the Inland Empire 66ers (3-0, 4.70, 47 K in 38 1/3 IP). He was 5-0 with a 3.43 ERA for the Leones del Caracas in 2008-2009.
Assigned to the 2009 Chattanooga Lookouts, Victor went 0-1 with 4 saves and a 2.04 ERA in 47 games. He allowed only 36 hits in 53 innings while striking out 56. He was then named as the player to be named later in a deal to the Washington Nationals for Ronnie Belliard.
In his major league debut on September 5, 2009, Garate relieved Livan Hernandez in the top of the 6th with a 6-1 deficit against the Florida Marlins. He allowed a home run to Brett Hayes on the second pitch he threw in the majors. Chris Coghlan flew out, but Garate walked Cameron Maybin on 8 pitches. Hanley Ramirez popped up, then Jorge Cantu doubled in Maybin. Victor got John Baker to end the frame. He was then replaced by Jorge Sosa in the 7th, having given up 2 runs in one inning. He only pitched four times for the Nats, with no record and a 22.50 ERA, a result of giving up 5 runs in 2 innings.