Garcia was optioned to the Yankees' alternate training site Tuesday, Randy Miller of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. Garcia was a longshot to make the expanded major-league roster to begin the regular season, and he'll officially head to the team's alternate training site ahead of the team's season opener Thursday. The right-hander posted a 4.28 ERA and 165:54 K:BB over 111.1 innings in the minors last season and could get the chance to make his major-league debut at some point in 2020.
Garcia is part of the Yankees' 60-man player pool. Garcia was optioned to the minors in late March, but the adjusted roster rules for the 2020 campaign will allow him to take part in the team's summer camp. The 21-year-old is unlikely to begin the season on the active roster, but he may get a shot to contribute at the big-league level at some point during the campaign.
Garcia could begin a potential 2020 season on the Yankees' taxi squad, Peter Gammons of The Athletic reports. With the minor-league season in jeopardy, the Yankees may elect to place Garcia on the taxi squad in order to aid his development. The 21-year-old was once considered a candidate to open the season in the Yankees' rotation, but he struggled in Grapefruit League play and was optioned to Double-A Trenton in late March.
Garcia was optioned to Double-A Trenton on Thursday. It's little surprise that Garcia was sent to the minor leagues, especially after he surrendered six earned runs in 7.1 innings of Grapefruit League action. However, he also flashed upside in that same span, punching out eight batters and walking just two. Given that Garcia ended the 2019 season in Triple-A, his time in Trenton should be short-lived.
Garcia allowed three runs on three hits and a walk in 3.1 innings in a Grapefruit League game against Miami on Wednesday. He struck out three. Garcia retired the side in order in the first inning but struggled in the following frame, giving up a pair of runs on two hits and a fielder's choice. The 20-year-old has been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Yankees' Opening Day rotation, but he'll likely open the season in the minors after allowing six earned runs in 8.2 spring innings.
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