The New York Yankees are in no place to disregard possible solid pitching for next season. Even though Brian Cashman has already said that they’re after the “big guys” like Stephen Strasburg, Gerrit Cole, and Madison Bumgarner, they might have an answer right under their noses.
Despite putting up mediocre numbers in the Minor Leagues during 2019, Deivi Garcia has everything that “plays” at the Major League level. He throws a fastball that runs up to 96 MPH and offers a high spin-rate curveball to fool hitters.
“What comes out of his arm is pretty special, and the Yankees are a very sort of trackman-focused team when it comes to all players,” said Keith Law from ESPN. “But they love their high-spin guys throughout their system. He’s a guy who has that and has command and has control. Which says to me, at least, they’re not going to hesitate to trust him with some kind of major league job by the end of the year.”
I understand that a role in the starting rotation might be far-fetched for next season, but there’s no reason to not consider him for a bullpen role. It could also be a good idea to use him as an “opener” – the same role the Yankees used Chad Green as this past season.
Brian Cashman has already said that the club hasn’t ruled our Garcia as an option for next season. If the Yankees can add one or two aces this offseason, and then put Garcia in the already strong bullpen, the Yankees would have everything they didn’t have last season.