In this Unhinged Yankees prospect profile, we take a look at the New York Yankees high regarded pitching prospect Deivi Garcia.
The New York Yankees signed right-handed pitcher Deivi Garcia out of the Dominican Republic in 2015.
Garcia was rated as the Yankees top overall prospect at the end of the 2019 season but now ranks third behind Jason Dominguez and Clarke Schmidt, according to MLB Pipeline.
Garcia still ranks among baseball’s top 100 prospects at No. 92 per Pipeline.
Level: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (AAA)
MLB Pipeline Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 65 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 55
Despite just standing 5’9″, Garcia throws hard as his fastball sits around 91-96 MPH. The most important pitch in his arsenal is his curveball, which MLB Pipeline says has “high spin” and “so much depth.”
Garcia has developed in the minor leagues as a starting pitcher. In 2019, he advanced through three levels. He started the season at High-A Tampa, where the right-hander posted a 3.06 ERA in four starts to earn a promotion to Double-A Trenton.
In Trenton, Garcia made 11 starts in which he posted a 3.86 ERA and held opposing batters to a .213 average against to earn a second promotion to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. With rumors swirling that a big-league promotion could be on the horizon, Garcia struggled as in 11 games and six starts, he posted a 5.40 ERA with opposing hitters batting to a .262 clip.
With his struggles in Scranton, Garcia will likely return to start the 2020 season. If he can conquer the Triple-A level, Garcia could find himself in the Yankees bullpen or even earn a call-up to make a spot start. Especially with the injury to James Paxton, the Yankees will be giving Garcia a very hard look in spring training.