Akron Racers Deal Garcia to USSSA Pride

Jessica Garcia – Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
AKRON, OH – February 10, 2016 – The Akron Racers have traded catcher Jessica Garcia to the USSSA Pride, the team announced today.  The Racers picked up the Pride’s first selection in the fifth round of the 2017 draft in exchange for Garcia.
With the addition of the Pride’s draft pick Akron now own three draft picks in the fifth round of the 2017 draft.  The Racers previously added a 2017 fifth round pick from the Scrap Yard Dawgs as part of a deal sending shortstop Nerissa Myers to Houston.  Akron also added the first pick in the fourth round (20th overall) of the 2016 NPF College Draft in the deal for Myers.
Those crafty moves have given the Racers eight picks in the 2017 NPF College Draft, which matches the number of picks Akron currently has heading into the 2016 NPF College Draft in April.  The Racers’ stockpiling of draft picks has given them the second most picks in the 2016 NPF College Draft so far, behind only the expansion Dawgs, who have nine selections.
Garcia joined Akron as an undrafted free agent in the middle of the 2012 season.  She enjoyed her greatest professional season to-date in 2014 when Garcia batted .274 and drove in 23 RBI, while blasting 5 home runs.  She also hit .267 with two home runs in the NPF Championship Series that year, driving in five of the Racers seven runs over five games.  In 2015, Garcia batted only .158 with one home run and drove in only five RBI.
About the Akron Racers
The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league, celebrating their 15th season of play in 2016.  The Racers competed in the Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004.  Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play.
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN.  The league, created to give elite female fast pitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL).  NPF is the official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fast pitch softball since 2002. www.profastpitch.com.
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