Cardinals Draftee Interview: Aramis Garcia

The St. Louis Cardinals' as-of-yet unsigned 20th round draft pick and catcher from Florida speaks with Dustin Mattison

In the 20th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the St. Louis Cardinals chose a talented prep catcher, Aramis Garcia. Players with his ability to throw and catch rarely last until this late in the draft unless that player has a strong commitment to college. The talented Garcia is committed to a perennially-strong baseball school, Florida International.

Scouting reports say that the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder already has home-to-second throwing times that are better than MLB average and he has the potential to hit for power. So as the summer progresses, it appears the Cardinals will monitor his progress as they continue to negotiate.

Recently, Garcia took time to answer a few questions.

Dustin Mattison: Were the Cardinals the team you expected to select you? What other teams had you heard from?

Aramis Garcia: My adviser was handling the calls on draft day, but he did give me a call before the Cardinals had selected me.

DM: What did you know about the Cardinals organization before being drafted?

AG: The Cardinals had been my favorite team growing up and I know that they have one of the greatest hitters of all time in Albert Pujols and in my opinion one of the best catchers in Yadier Molina.

DM: You signed a letter of intent to play at Florida International. What made that the right school for you?

AG: FIU has an incredible coaching staff that will allow me to continue to improve my game defensively and offensively. Turtle Thomas, besides being a great coach, is known for recruiting great athletes so I know that at FIU I will always be around great talent that wants to compete and win like I do.

DM: Give me a scouting report on yourself.

AG: I can tell you that I work hard everyday to improve my game and that I absolutely love to learn and play the game of baseball.

DM: How are you spending your summer so far? What are your plans while you work through the negotiation process?

AG: I'm spending my summer playing for the La Ley Legends. Were heading out to New Jersey in a week where we will play for a shot to go to the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, New Mexico.

DM: How important is your family in your decision making process?

AG: My family is very important in this decision. I know that once the time comes that they will give their input and help me make the best decision for me.

DM: Was there a certain player you tried to pattern your game after?

AG: I've always been a fan of the Cardinals and to this day I still idolize Albert Pujols because of the amazing individual that he is.

DM: What do you like to do when you are not playing baseball?

AG: If I'm not playing baseball I like to go to the beach and hang out with friends.

DM: What's one thing that Cardinals fans should know about you?

AG: The Cardinals fans should know that if I'm lucky enough to be signed by their organization that they will be getting a player that will work hard in every way possible to continue the winning trend in St. Louis.

I thank Aramis for his time and hope that he and the Cardinals can reach an agreement so that he can join the organization.

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