Luis Amado Garcia, a pitcher with the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball, was born in the Dominican Republic on January 30, 1987.
One of the top prospects in the 2017–18 international signing class, Garcia signed with the Phillies for $2.5 million and quickly set out to justify his signing by making his professional debut in the United States and earning the Gulf Coast League batting title in 2018.
In 2004, at the age of 16, Garcia was initially signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers organization as an amateur free agent. On July 9, 2013, he received his first MLB call-up.
The following day at Citizens Bank Park against the Washington Nationals, Garcia made his major league debut. He relieved Phillies ace, Cliff Lee, that day and threw one scoreless inning.
Garcia was first hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers organization in 2004 as an amateur free agent, and he made his professional debut for them in the Dominican Summer League in 2006.
Garcia felt his professional career was gone after throwing in just nine games for the Newark Bears of the Can-Am League in 2012 with a total ERA of 11.57 after spending 2011 out of baseball.
He then started trying to master the skill of barbering at a salon in New Jersey. He worked for a moving company at night.
Garcia signed to the San Diego Padres for two years on December 1, 2021. He has previously played for the Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Phillies, Los Angeles Angels, and Philadelphia Phillies.