Analysis

Yankees: Previewing Deivi Garcia’s Season

The New York Yankees are getting ready to start their season, but as they look to pick a fifth starter, what can we expect from Deivi Garcia?

We’re only a few weeks out from Opening Day, and teams are beginning to construct their rosters to begin the regular season as positional battles begin to ramp up. Among those battles, the Yankees are currently evaluating who will be taking the ball as the Bombers’ fifth starter to start the season, with Deivi Garcia and Domingo German in the running. Assuming Garcia gets the job, how patient should the Yankees be with one of their top rookies?

Garcia’s 2020 Season

Garcia debuted in 2020 and looked solid in limited action. His ERA looked a little too high for comfort (4.98), but those numbers are skewed due to a rough two starts to close out the season. Otherwise, Garcia showed up and helped a rotation that was in need of reinforcements. In 34.1 innings, Garcia allowed 35 hits and only six walks. He struck out 33 with a WHIP of 1.19.

These numbers came after an uninspiring campaign in the minors in 2019, where he spotted a 4.28 ERA in 111.1 innings, following up a season where Garcia put himself on the map as a top prospect, pitching to a 2.55 ERA in 2018 in 14 starts. The positive about Garcia’s 2019 — and 2018, too — were his strikeout numbers. Garcia struck out 165 batters in 2019 and 105 in 2018.

Pair of Hot Springs

Garcia’s off to a hot start this Spring. After allowing two runs in two innings in his first start, he hasn’t allowed an earned run since. In total, he’s allowed just two runs in 8.0 innings with 10 strikeouts. Furthermore, he’s only allowed five hits and two walks, equating for a 0.88 WHIP. Understood, these numbers are only in spring training, so they don’t mean much if anything.

However, another arm that has impressed this spring is Domingo German. German has pitched in 5.0 innings this spring and has yet to allow a run. He’s also struck out seven batters, allowing just two hits and no walks. This is German’s first spring since 2019, due to his suspension over his domestic violence case, and it’s safe to say he’s pitched more than well so far.

How Patient will the Yankees Be with Garcia?

Personally, I think the fifth starter job is Garcia’s position to lose, given his performance last season. Furthermore, it seems like German is on thin ice with his Yankee teammates based on Reliever Zack Britton’s comments on him earlier this spring. It’s unknown whether or not German has been able to make amends with his teammates, but I’m led to believe the Bombers will tend to favor Garcia for the time being.

Having said that, if Garcia struggles out of the gate and German says and does the right things, don’t be surprised if the Yanks make a change later on this season. Personally, I think the Yankees will tend to be lenient with Garcia and give him more than a few starts to get acclimated to his first full season in the bigs.

 

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