Right-handed pitching prospect Deivi Garcia has rocketed up the New York Yankees system, and he's only 19 years old.
You can tell when you watch him because of the occasional walk totals only; otherwise, the kid is wise beyond his years at obtaining outs.
On Wednesday, Garcia made his debut at Double-A Trenton, and he's already made a huge impression in just four innings of work.
Deivi Garcia after four innings in his Double-A debut today in Trenton:— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) May 1, 2019
4 IP, 3 H, 4 R/ER, 5 BB, 11 K, 1 HR, 1 WP
More of the same from this kid!
Garcia did give up four runs and walk five batters, but struck out 11. He only recorded 12 outs, and 11 of them were via the strikeout, against entirely unfamiliar competition.
I’m assuming Garcia is done after 4 innings. 11 K, 5 BB, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 1 WP, one ball, one incredibly stupid scorer’s decision on an obvious E6.— keithlaw (@keithlaw) May 1, 2019
Heading into the season, Garcia was rated at the No. 4 prospect in the Yankees system, according to MLB Pipeline. He's behind two pitchers, Jonathan Loaisiga and Albert Abreu, but that could quickly change. I mean, this kid could be pitching in the Bronx come September if he doesn't pile too many innings on that right arm.
Before his promotion, Garcia posted a 3.06 ERA with 33 strikeouts over 17.2 innings at Single-A Tampa, and in just one start at Double-A, he's blowing away his opponents via the strikeout.
He possesses a fastball that jumps out of his hand and his curveball is a plus pitch. The Yankees may be down Luis Severino, but they might have another future staff ace on their hands in Garcia.