San Antonio – St. Mary’s University baseball coach Charlie Migl announced on Thursday that Jason Garcia and Carl O’Neal have signed national letters of intent to join the Rattlers, starting with the 2009-2010 academic year.
Garcia (6’0″, Jr., Falfurrias) comes to San Antonio after playing the last two years at Laredo Community College as an outfielder and pitcher. He earned two letters for coach Eric Gonzalez at LCC and was named to the JUCO All-Star Game. Prior to attending LCC he was a standout for Falfurrias High School, lettering in both baseball and football. For coach David Salinas baseball team he was a two-time all-state honoree. As a junior he was named Offensive Player of the Year, All-South Texas and first team all-state. As a senior he was District 31-3A Most Valuable Player, second team all-state and broke the school record for stolen bases. He helped the Jerseys to a runner-up finish in the 2006 Class 3A state tournament.
O’Neal (6’0″, Fr., San Antonio) was a standout on the mound for coach Aldo Velazquez baseball squad the last four years at Clark High School. He was named first team all-district for his play. Off the field he earned the Principle’s Award for his work in the classroom.
O’Neal and Garcia are the fourth and fifth signees for the Rattler baseball program this offseason. St. Mary’s finished the 2009 season with a 36-17 overall record and 32-14 mark in Heartland Conference play. They finished third in the Heartland Conference standings, missing out on a trip to the NCAA postseason by just one game.