With the New York Yankees in need of starting pitchers, it’s possible they dive into their minor league prospects to give them an opportunity to showcase their abilities. Or at the very least, feature them in a bullpen role.
One option is Deivi Garcia, a quality pitcher that has been rising through the farm-system at an extremely fast rate. Just this season Garcia has climbed from A+ to AAA ball. He featured in his first game with Scranton just a few days ago, finishing the night with a 5.40 ERA over five innings. He allowed three runs and six hits, picking up the win.
However, he did record six strikeouts and seemed to be on a good pace to make his way to the big leagues if absolutely needed. The Yankees, I feel, will certainly not be looking to promote him if it’s not necessary. Giving him the proper time to develop and adapt to the higher-levels should be a priority, but in the case another injury occurs, they might be forced into elevating him.
This pitch from Deivi Garcia is absurd. pic.twitter.com/cMaXKlDiWz
— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) July 16, 2019
Could and should the New York Yankees trade him?
Rumors have brewed that the Yanks might be open to trading him if the right offer comes across their table. The 20-year-old is the youngest player at the minors’ highest level, which makes him an incredibly attractive prospect — one, that might not be worth dealing.
With Double-A Trenton, he posted a 3.00 ERA/2.18 FIP with 14.49 K/9 against 4.41 BB/9 in 10 starts and 51 innings. He currently lands at the 29th spot in ESPN’s midseason top 50 list via Keith Law.
Just last week, general manager for the Yankees, Brian Cashman, stated that Garcia could play a role down the stretch, but he wouldn’t be off-limits in a deal. Cashman said Garcia is “pushing himself into the mix” with his recent performances. While the youngster isn’t off the table in a potential deal, it would take a lot for a team to pry him away from the Bombers.
Any deal including a short-term rental with minimal team-control would not include Deivi, which is fair for obvious reasons. A player like Noah Syndergaard, though, who has multiple years left on his deal and is a proven pitcher in the MLB, could be in play. I can’t imagine the Yankees making that type of deal given his injury issues, but anything is possible.