The New York Yankees signed Maximo Nelson out of the Dominican Republic in October of the year 2000.…
Q&A with Christian Garcia
PinstripesPlus: You were a highly touted catcher coming up in high school. Our first question is would you rather be a catcher than a pitcher? Also, tell us a little bit about your skills as a catcher and a hitter. Christian Garcia: Coming up it was always between me and (Alex) Garabedian as to who was ranked #1 or #2 at catcher in high school. Sometimes I was ranked #1 and he was #2 and sometimes he was ranked first. I think I was ranked #1 at catcher for like two months. The scouts compared me to Ben Davis and A.J. Pierzynski because I was tall, lanky, and a switch-hitter. I was also told that I could have gone in the fourth or fifth round in the draft as a catcher. My senior year of high school I hit something like .420 with 8 home runs and about 45 RBI. I'd rather be a catcher because you get to play everyday rather than sitting on the bench. I hate sitting on the bench. I realized I was going to make it to the Majors quicker as a pitcher but if I could have made it just as...
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