The New York Yankees didn’t make a move at the July 31st trade deadline for a starting and many fans believed that the club was anticipating a promotion of their minor league star Deivi Garcia to the major leagues.
The club even moved Garcia to the bullpen so maybe he could show enough with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders to be considered as a relief pitcher in the big leagues.
Garcia never received that promotion.
Pitching coach Larry Rothschild gave some insight on how the Yankees viewed their young star. “When he made the move to Triple-A, he looked like a young pitcher trying to figure it out there, which you expect.” It seems as the Yankees thought he was still trying to figure himself out at the professional level, which stalled a promotion.
The Yankees, however, can see Garcia in their near future. ” Weâ€™ll see how he comes into spring,” said Rothschild. “(As) I said, I think he was tired. Weâ€™ll see in spring training. It would be nice to think thatâ€™s a possibility but I think realistically, heâ€™s probably going to need a little time, just to get his feet on the ground and get things going in Triple-A and see where it takes him.”
Fatigue is something young players struggle with. 162 games at the major league level is a true grind, and you see this especially with pitchers entering their first year.
The 20-year-old finished his season with a 5-9 record credited to a 4.28 ERA with 165 strikeouts in over 111.1 innings pitched.