The Yankees bullpen is already one of the fiercest in baseball, and they just happen to have the luxury of adding their top pitching prospect to it.
Whenever a young starter is moved to the bullpen, there are always concerns of how they will make the adjustment. Safe to say Deivi Garcia quieted any concerns with five no-hit innings and seven strikeouts in a relief appearance at Triple-A.
Working out of the bullpen could be a sign of what's to come if the 20-year-old gets promoted when rosters expand on Sept. 1.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre used Ben Heller as an opener, then handed the reigns to Garcia. Working out of relief is a different experience than being utilized as a starter, so it was encouraging to see that Garcia excelled in the role.
Garcia is confident in his ability to dominate at the big league level whenever he arrives, which will hopefully be at the start of next month. While he likely won't be starting games in the Bronx this season, he could provide a ton of value in a long relief role.
Garcia struggled when he first arrived at Triple-A, but has a 2.70 ERA over his last three outings. Young prospects with limited big league experience have become key contributors to great teams in October, and Garcia could be the next in line to do so for the Yankees.
The 20-year-old has proven himself at every level, and he's optimistic about his ability to do the same when he eventually joins the Yankees.