Luis Amado García was born on January 30, 1987, he is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, and St. Louis Cardinals.
García was originally signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers organization as an amateur free agent in 2004, at the age of 16. His initial MLB call-up occurred on July 9, 2013. García made his big league debut the next day, versus the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. That day, he pitched one scoreless inning, in relief of Phillies ace, Cliff Lee.
García has had two stints playing professional baseball, initially from 2006 to 2010, and from 2013 to present. During the period in between stints, García was mostly out of baseball, working in the barbering and moving businesses, save for a brief, rocky 2012 comeback attempt in independent ball.
On January 9, 2020, Garcia signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers that included an invitation to Spring Training. On August 18, 2020, Garcia was selected to the major league roster. On September 15, Garcia was designated for assignment after struggling to a 7.56 ERA in 11 games. Garcia was granted free agency on September 17.
On December 12, 2020, García signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees organization. He was assigned to the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders to begin the 2021 season. In 18 appearances with Scranton, García logged a 1–2 record and 3.63 ERA. He was granted his release by the Yankees on July 6.
On July 9, 2021, García signed a major league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. García debuted for the Cardinals against the Chicago Cubs on the same day and hit the first batter he faced, Willson Contreras, in the head with a fastball. On December 1, 2021, García signed a two-year contract with the San Diego Padres.