New York Yankees: Will 2020 be the year of Deivi Garcia?

John Zarnowski
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Jul 7, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees are known for how deep their farm system is. Gleyber Torres, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Miguel Andujar, and Clint Frazier are all guys that have come from their Minor League system and lit up the Major Leagues.

Promoted to triple-A at just 20 years old, Deivi Garcia has shown promise to potentially being on the 2020 roster. “Amazing,” is how general manager Brian Cashman described his young star.

Despite mediocre stats this past season, Garcia has shown he could play at the Major League level. He sits 92-96MPH on his fastball with a high spin-rate curveball.

The New York Yankees are in no place to not consider Garcia a roster spot after their pitching struggles this season. Considering his age, I cannot see a starting role next season but a medium-leverage reliever is not out of the picture.

“For his age, he was probably the youngest pitcher in the International League,” said Cashman. “If he got here, he would have been the youngest pitcher in the big leagues. It was an incredible run. But obviously he’ll go on the roster this winter and we’ll see what we got in the spring.”

The Yankees are going to see how Garcia performs during Spring Training and make a decision there. It also depends on what moves the Yankees make during the offseason. If they add one or two starters, Garcia could be more restricted until he gets older.

The Yankees are in no rush to bring up Garcia to the show. Even though he has the talent, a jump from triple-A to the big leagues is much bigger than jumping between the minor leagues.

Even though Cashman hasn’t ruled out Garcia for the 2020 rotation, it’ll be a little bit of a long-shot. I can definitely see a bullpen role, but definitely not a starting role until a year or two down the road.