Gargia is a candidate to start the year in the Yankees' rotation following James Paxton's back surgery, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Paxton is expected to return in May or June. Domingo German also remains on the shelf until June due to a suspension. With the fifth spot in the Yankees' rotation up for grabs, general manager Brian Cashman called the No. 5 rotation spot an open competition among Jordan Montgomery, Michael King, Jonathan Loaisiga, Luis Cessa and Garcia. The 20-year-old prospect spent most of the 2019 season with Double-A Trenton, posting a 3.86 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 87:26 K:BB across 53.2 innings.
Garcia was added to the Yankees' 40-man roster Wednesday.
Garcia was rumored as a potential callup for the Yankees in September, so it's no surprise to see the team protecting him from the Rule 5 draft. The 20-year-old began the season at High-A Tampa, but quickly received promotions to Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Garcia had a 5.40 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 45:20 K:BB over 40 innings at Triple-A, where he's likely to begin the 2020 season.
Garcia is heading to the Yankees' complex in Tampa and won't be called up to the majors for now, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
Garcia has been seen as a candidate for a September callup as a result of his rapid ascension through the minors this season. However, the 20-year-old struggled mightily in his final appearance for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, issuing four walks and allowing five runs in one inning. In addition, the Yankees are expected to get Luis Severino (lat), Jordan Montgomery (shoulder), Ben Heller (forearm) and Dellin Betances (lat) back to bolster the pitching staff before the end of the season, making Garcia's promotion less urgent. Nonetheless, by working out in Tampa, Garcia will be able to stay in shape in case the team decides to call him up at some point in September. Manager Aaron Boone has not ruled out such a move, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
Garcia pitched one inning for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, giving up five runs on two hits and four walks.
Garcia tossed only 13 of 33 pitches for strikes and allowed a three-run homer in the 17-2 thrashing. The 20-year-old was moved to the bullpen late in the season in anticipation of a possible September callup to the big club, but the transition has been far from smooth as he has allowed 11 earned runs in 8.2 innings between the regular season and playoffs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was eliminated from the postseason with the loss, so Garcia will need to be brought up to the Yankees or sent down to Double-A Trenton if he is given the opportunity to pitch again this season.
Garcia will remain in the minors at least through the end of the Triple-A playoffs, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Garcia is a candidate for promotion after recording a 4.28 ERA and a 34.0 percent strikeout rate in 111.1 innings across the three highest levels of the minors. If a move is coming, it won't be happening just yet. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre could be eliminated as soon as Friday but could also be playing as late as Sept. 14 if they go they distance.
Garcia pitched three scoreless innings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, giving up one hit and striking out two.
Garcia's fourth appearance since shifting to the bullpen in anticipation of a possible September callup was his most impressive to date. He allowed only a harmless single while throwing 22 of 37 pitches for strikes and whiffing two batters. Still, he has surrendered six runs in 7.2 innings since making the transition to a relief role and a promotion to the big club remains up in the air.
Garcia pitched two innings out of the bullpen Thursday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, allowing one run on three hits while striking out five.
Although Garcia technically pitched as a reliever last week -- he came on in the second inning behind Ben Heller, who was making a rehab appearance -- Thursday was his first outing since officially being shifted to the bullpen. He looked comfortable in his new role, tossing 30 of 41 pitches for strikes and retiring five of six hitters via strikeout. Should Garcia continue to be effective out of the bullpen at the Triple-A level, he could be brought up to help bolster the Yankees' relief corps in September.
Garcia will work out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season, Conor Foley of The Scranton Times-Tribune reports.
Garcia made his first appearance out of the bullpen this season Saturday -- though he still worked five innings -- but he'll now make the transition to a reliever. It will be a brief trial run for the 20-year-old, as he's a candidate to join the Yankees when rosters expanded in September.
Garcia threw five innings without allowing a hit for Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, giving up one unearned run and five walks while striking out seven against Gwinnett.
With Ben Heller (forearm) beginning his rehab assignment by tossing one inning as the opener, Garcia came out of the bullpen for the first time this season. Despite throwing only 43 of 85 pitches for strikes, Garcia looked dominant. The Yankees' top-ranked pitching prospect has shown flashes of potential in seven appearances at the Triple-A level this season, compiling 34 strikeouts in 32 innings, but has posted a 5.01 ERA and 1.45 WHIP while issuing 17 walks. Should he be promoted to the big club when rosters expand in September, it will likely be in a relief role.
The Yankees promoted Garcia from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following the right-hander's appearance Sunday in the All-Star Futures Game, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.
Garcia will move on to his third level of 2019 after accruing a 3.01 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 114:33 K:BB in 68.2 innings between Trenton and High-A Tampa. The 20-year-old continued his dominance Sunday, turning in a 14-pitch perfect inning while inducing two popouts and whiffing another batter. The move to Triple-A will provide a stiffer test for the 5-foot-9 right-hander, but if he continues to excel, he'll have a real chance to earn a call to the big leagues in the second half. Since the Yankees are likely mindful of managing Garcia's workload carefully, he would likely be deployed out of the bullpen if he does in fact receive a 2019 callup.
Garcia tossed five no-hit innings for Double-A Trenton on Monday, striking out nine and walking two in a 7-0 victory for the Thunder.
After bagging 15 strikeouts in his last trip to the mound, Garcia was filthy once again, cruising through five hitless innings and notching nine more punchouts before his teammates eventually finished off the combined no-hitter. The 20-year-old has now allowed just one hit with a 24:3 K:BB over his last two starts, lowering his ERA to 2.68 over 64.2 combined innings between Trenton and High-A Tampa. If he keeps pitching like this, a move to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre could be in his near future.
Garcia struck out 15 batters with one walk over six shutout innings while giving up just one hit for Double-A Trenton on Tuesday.
It was a ridiculously dominant display from the 20-year-old right-hander, who struck out the first eight batters he faced before ending with 15 punchouts for the game. His first stint in Double-A is off to a great start, as this was already his fourth start with double-digit strikeouts, giving him an 85:27 K:BB in 53.2 innings to go along with a 3.35 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.
Garcia struck out 11 over four innings but was charged with four runs on three hits and five walks Wednesday in Double-A Trenton's 4-1 loss to New Hampshire.
Garcia earned the call to the Eastern League after racking up 33 strikeouts in 17.2 innings over his four starts with High-A Tampa this season. The right-hander continued to display premium swing-and-miss skills in his debut for Trenton, but his control left much to be desired. In addition to the five free passes, Garcia also hit a batter, threw a wild pitch and was charged with a balk. The 20-year-old right-hander should get plenty of time to iron things out at Double-A, as the Yankees are likely earmarking him for a 2020 debut in the big leagues.
Garcia will open the year with High-A Tampa, Jim Callis of MLB.com reports.
While Garcia made one start for Double-A Trenton at the end of the 2018 season, he had only made five starts at High-A prior to that, so this assignment makes sense. He will return to the Florida State League for a month or two before likely spending most of the season at Double-A.
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