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Miami Hurricanes News and Notes — former Hurricanes closer Bryan Garcia makes MLB debut, more

Former Hurricanes All-American becomes the latest ProCane to make it to the bigs

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In the sixth round of the 2016 MLB Draft, the Detroit Tigers took a chance on a closer out of Miami after dominating in his three years as a Hurricane. Early on, Garcia was a Freshman All-American and then left the program as the Stopper of the Year, an award given to the nations best reliever by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).

The NCBWA also named Garcia a First Team All-American after his junior year.

Slightly over three years after his named was called on draft day, Garcia got the call to “The Show” and threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning against a Minnesota Twins team that recently broke the MLB record for home runs in a season.

Garcia joins Chicago White Sox catcher Zach Collins as former Hurricanes to make their MLB debut in 2019.

In football news, TE Theo Johnson has set up an official visit to Miami. The 6’6 240 pound Canadian will also be checking out B1G schools in Iowa, Michigan, and Penn State, leaving Miami and Georgia as the remaining two visits.

When it comes to the tight end position, you have to like Miami’s chances based on production at the position recently, but his visit list tells me he doesn't want to go too far away from home.

Miami will have to really make a strong, lasting impression on Johnson during the Virginia Tech game in order to stay in this. His last three visits tell a lot about where his mind is, so let’s see how this plays out in the coming months.

The Hurricanes are set to travel to North Carolina to take on the Tar Heels on Saturday night in prime time. There is no telling whether the weather will impact or influence when and if the game is played quite yet, and according to Jacob Turner of Tar Heel Illustrated, there is no plans to move the game as of now.