New York Yankees: Will Deivi Garcia be Seen in the Postseason?

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

Deivi Garcia is currently ranked the number one prospect in the New York Yankees organization and there has been talk if fans will see him in pinstripes this upcoming postseason.

After being promoted to triple-A affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders, Garcia is currently 1-3 where he’s credited to a 5.93 ERA in 27.1 innings pitched (Baseball Reference). Clearly not great numbers, but Garcia has electric stuff. His best pitch, a curveball, has the spin-rate consistent with some of the premier pitchers in the major leagues. He also flashes a fastball at 91-95mph.

The Yankees signed Garcia from the international market in 2015 for $200,000. At the age of 19, he went from low-Class A to double-A in only three months. This season, he was promoted to triple-A where he also started the 2019 MLB futures game.

Postseason on the horizon?

Garcia’s possibility of being added to the postseason roster would be decided based on Luis Severino’s return or not. I believe if Severino returns healthy and back to his ace-like stuff, Garcia won’t see the major leagues this season. However, if Severino and Delllin Betances don’t return there potential that Garcia could find himself suiting up in a bullpen role.

Only being 20 years old, the Yankees aren’t afraid of bringing up young talent. Fans saw this when superstar Gleyber Torres made his MLB debut at 21 years old and has dominated the league ever since. Miguel Andujar debuted when he was 21 years old as well.

By not trading him away during the July 31st deadline, the New York Yankees definitely like his stuff and know his potential. If Garcia doesn’t make his major league debut this season, he’ll definitely be a candidate for next season.

New York Yankees getting closer to pulling up Deivi Garcia

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

The New York Yankees received a gem of an outing from starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka on Sunday afternoon, as he went eight innings allowing three hits and zero runs.

The Bombers ended a two-game slide against the Toronto Blue Jays to right the ship once more, but they made several moves before the game to supplement injuries woes. Left handed-pitcher Stephen Tarpley was put on the 10-day injured list with an elbow, forcing the Yankees to pull up recent acquisition Joe Mantiply.

Mantiply, 28, earned a 3.72 ERA with 26 strikeouts over 29 innings with Triple-A Louisville. His minimal experience at the top level makes him a wild card but the Yanks will give him a chance to impress once more. The issue being, it’s a forced decision that could backfire.

Could the New York Yankees call up their young pitcher?

Alternatively, the Yanks could look to call up youngster Deivi Garcia, the youngest player in their minor league system to reach Triple-A. Garcia has struggled recently, earning a 6.26 ERA with Scranton Wilkes/Barre. He’s pitched 23.0 innings in Triple-A. While his struggles have been apparent, the change in grip this season has been his primary concern. Adapting to the change in the ball will take a bit of time as his breaking ball has lost dip.

However, the Bombers are edging closer to the reality of pulling up him as a relief option. If injuries continue to mount and Mantiply struggles for the Yankees in the bigs, Garcia will be a realistic option given their lack of depth at this point.

Garcia has been adapting and getting better gradually with Scranton, but he’s likely a few more starts away from being considered. Once he has fully adapted manager Aaron Boone might give him the green light as a bullpen arm.


New York Yankees could pull up Deivi Garcia in August

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

The New York Yankees are in a very peculiar situation. Their starting pitching rotation is battered, beat, and in a state of peril. With J.A. Happ Being placed on the 10 – day unable to perform list due to paternity leave, the rotation is in even more trouble.

The Yankees failed to add any quality starters at the trade deadline in part because of the impending return of several options including Luis Severino.

Banking on the return of Severino, Dellin Betances, and Jonathan Loaisiga, is a risky move, simply because there is no established timetable on their return and if they will be able to perform at a high-level.

However, the Yankees might rely on youth prospect Deivi Garcia to supplement the deficiencies on the team right now. The 20-year-old strikeout-machine could help as a relief option, but it isn’t out of the equation that he can contribute as a starter. I do not believe he will be starting option, but the Yankees might not have a choice if starters keep going down.

Brian Cashman stated regarding Garcia:

“We’ve got to finish his development off. If he does help this year, it’ll be out of the bullpen.”

A source has stated that the Yankees could pull up Garcia within the next two weeks given the lack of quality options available.

Deivi is currently playing with AAA Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre, where he is 1-2 on the year with a 6.63 ERA in four starts.

Gaining familiarity with the different grip on the currently used baseball has been a struggle this year for Garcia. The movement on his pitches has decreased, making it easier for hitters to produce. The different baseball being used this year has caused issues across the major leagues, as pitchers are stating that the grip is too difficult to utilize because the laces are too low.

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The Yankees might have struck gold with their youth pitcher, as several teams were trying to pry him away before the trade deadline. The 5-foot-9, 163-pound starter, “checks all the boxes,” Cashman said.

Ensuring that he develops properly and isn’t rushed into the big leagues is essential for the Yankees, as they could stunt his growth if brought up too early.

The New York Yankees backup pitching plan is a huge risk

New York Yankees, Zach Britton

Electing to stay put at the trade deadline was a bold move for New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. However, his hand may have been forced due to the lack of leverage he had in the market.

Competitors knew that the Yankees needed a starting pitcher, so they proceeded to demand untouchable players like Gleyber Torres. It was though that Cashman would have forfeited Miguel Andujar, Clint Frazier, or youth pitching sensation, Deivi Garcia.

The Yankees seem to be traveling down an exciting road that could force them into an uncomfortable situation given the injuries don’t grind to a halt. That scenario involved pulling up Garcia to start in an MLB game. After being shelled a few days ago at the Triple-A level, allowing six runs on eight hits over just five innings pitched.

The Yankees shouldn’t even consider the thought of bringing Deivi up if injuries aren’t playing a prominent part in the struggles of the rotation, but alternatively, he could be their last resort.

Garcia is a capable pitcher that’s working through the minor league system at a speedy rate. He has the potential to compete at the top level, but stunting his growth with a forced outing could set him back even further.

The New York Yankees made just one deadline move:

While the Houston Astros bolstered their pitching rotation with Zack Greinke, Cashman’s only move included Joe Harvey and Colorado Rockies Alfredo Garcia. A clean swap of pitchers, as the Yanks added a lefty to their farm system. Alfredo certainly won’t make an impact this season, but he has potential to play a role down the road.

The Yankees will stick with their relief options in Britton, Chapman, Khanle, Nestor Cortes, and Chad Green. Eventually, Dellin Betances will hopefully make a return. The timetable on his return continues to be extended.

Did the New York Yankees make a mistake not trading Deivi Garcia?

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

After a 6-1 loss for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders against the Rochester Red Wings, the New York Yankees might have stepped on their foot by not trading youth pitcher Deivi Garcia.

Garcia allowed six runs on eight hits over five innings after escaping the trade deadline and staying put in an impressive Yankees farm system. He’s the youngest player to reach the top level in the minors for the Bombers this year, but he’s struggled as of late due to the different grips on the ball and increased talent.

At just 20-years-old, Garcia has plenty of time to refine his skillset and adapt to the quality of players in Triple-A ball. There’s no rush to call him up to the big leagues just yet unless injuries being to mount and manager Aaron Boone has no choice.

However, he could have been used as a trade piece ahead of the deadline, and several teams were calling for him in a potential deal. The issue was — the Yankees had no leverage and were being asked for far too much in return for a quality pitcher.

They missed out on Zack Greinke, Marcus Stroman, Noah Syndergaard and more, but staying put might have been the best move considering the asking price for most of the options available.

Was it a smart move for the New York Yankees to keep Garcia?

At such a young age, Deivi has a ton of potential that’s yet to be understood and unlocked. He can turn into an ace-caliber player with a bit more development and experience, but trading him for a proven option is justifiable. There’s no guarantee he will emerge as a starting pitcher in the Big Leagues, and the Bombers needed to add reinforcements to a rotation that has been awful recently.

Not a single starter has an ERA lower than 4.00 and injures piling up with CC Sabathia being moved to the IL. General manager Brian Cashman seems to have more confidence in his pitchers than most, considering the quality they displayed in 2018. They have taken a significant step back, but that doesn’t mean they can’t take two major ones forward to return to glory.

Maybe it’s Larry Rothschild at fault, or perhaps it’s a confidence issue. Something realistically needed to be done, and now we will have to bear the burden of staying put with the current rotation.



New York Yankees aren’t willing to trade these two players

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

The New York Yankees need starting pitching support badly, and teams willing to deal know that. The Bombers have little leverage in the realm of the rumor mill, but several valuable players are on the trading block ahead of the July 31 deadline.

With Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman off the table, it leaves the Yanks with one less option. Indians ace Trevor Bauer and Giants’ Madison Bumgarner are two quality pitchers general manager Brian Cashman could be eyeing.

However, both teams will want significant value in a potential deal — starting level players and prospects would likely be included. The Yankees are only willing to deal-specific players, though. Reports of Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar being available have plastered the headlines lately.

The Yankees have to be willing to give up young players going into their prime if they want to bring in starting-caliber pitchers that can help the team reach the World Series. Overpaying is the issue, considering teams have inquired about second baseman Gleyber Torres, one of the off-limits players for the Yanks.

Frazier and Andujar should provide plenty of sway for teams looking to bolster their offensive production. Both are above average hitters with questionable gloves in the field. With Torres unavailable, the Bombers will have to settle for whoever they can get with only two days left to strike a deal.

The other player that is off-limits is minor-league pitcher Deivi Garcia. The 21-year-old phenom has been lighting it up in the minors and could make a big-league appearance later on in the season. His presence at the top minor league team and an impressive array of pitches make him too valuable to trade at this point.

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Sacrificing the future in an attempt to benefit the presence is not always the best idea. Keeping both Torres and Garcia is the ideal scenario while also picking up a quality pitcher. We can assume the Yanks are shopping Frazier behind the scenes, a player that has fallen below Mike Tauchman this season due to his inability to play the outfield at an average level.


Will the New York Yankees pull up Deivi Garcia to help pitching struggles?

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

The Future Look of the New York Yankees’ Rotation

As the second half of the season is underway, it’s apparent that the Yankees need a few pitchers to solidify their rotation. It’s becoming evident that both J.A. Happ and James Paxton simply aren’t producing the way they should be. Masahiro Tanaka has also gone through a rough patch since the pitching in the all-star game earlier this month, giving up a whopping twelve runs on July 25th at Fenway.

With the trade deadline quickly approaching, it’s obvious that adding a pitcher is at the top of their priority list but there’s also another option if the pitching continues the downhill slide: Deivi Garcia. 

Diehard Yankee fans who follow the progression of top minor league prospects may have recognized his name before the season started but many first discovered him when he showcased his abilities in the MLB Futures Game in Cleveland. Garcia had a quick 1-2-3 inning, using his 96 mph fastball to punch out Atlanta Braves top prospect Christian Pache. 

Even with the struggles the Yanks have had with pitching, there’s no reason to panic. They have lots of options, especially with Luis Severino returning to the staff in the near future. Calling up Garcia could be the Yankees missing piece to the pitching puzzle. If the Yankees get a starter via a trade and call up Garcia, a lot still needs to happen for the Yanks to have a World Series caliber rotation. 

Fans have different opinions as to who’s at fault for the rotation’s lack of consistency but we can all agree on this; baseball is a very difficult game and sometimes the ball does not bounce the way we want it to. None of the pitchers (except D. German) have pitched to their full potential and that’s the frustrating part for many of us.

What needs reiterated time and time again throughout the season is that baseball is a contagious game. Even if Deivi Garcia is promoted to the big league club, it will not solve all of the Yankees’ problems. There will still be four pitchers in the rotation that need to produce and it only takes one bounce-back start to get that ball rolling.

The uncertainty of the staff’s ability is frustrating but if this same rotation has quality outings in the playoffs, none of us will even remember the struggles in late July.

New York Yankees could trade Deivi Garcia for Noah Syndergaard

New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard

The New York Yankees are being forced into trading for a starter, but who will it be?

The New York Yankees are in dire need of starting pitching support, after allowing the Boston Red Sox to rack up 19 runs in one game and seven in the first inning on Thursday night.

If that wasn’t an indication of the help they need, I don’t know what could convince BM Brian Cashman to make a move. However, he’s known for his deadline deals, so I wouldn’t be surprised if a pitcher like Noah Syndergaard took his talents across the Queensboro Bridge and over to the Bronx on July 31.

Trading for “Thor” wouldn’t be cheap, though, as he still has two years of team control on his contract and is one of the better pitchers in baseball when confident. This season, he’s been a bit inconsistent, earning an ERA of 4.33, the highest in his five-year career. This could just be an outlier or the fact that the Mets continue to lose games, which ultimately hurts the confidence of the players on the team.

ESPN was told from a source that the Mets are willing to trade the hard-throwing righty:

“It’s beyond listening,” said one. “They want to move him.”

The Yankees would have to be willing to part with a special talent if they want Noah, somebody like their #4 ranked prospect Deivi Garcia would be in the discussion. While I wouldn’t be willing to part ways with such a talented up-and-coming pitcher, the Yankees ‘need’ the support if they truly want to keep their World Series hopes alive.

Garcia has been a menace on the mound this season, reaching the top team in the farm system, the youngest to do so for the Yankees this year. He currently has a 3.17 ERA across the A-ball teams. Allowing just three homers over 73.6 innings pitched.

It’s a difficult decision to make if you’re the Yankees, simply because of his potential, but also the fact that a quality starter is 100% needed at this point in the season. I believe Clint Frazier will be the active trade bait over Garcia, who’s less valuable at this point considering the depth the Yanks have in the outfield with Mike Tauchman emerging.

While the Yankees have been cautious with bringing him up too early, their hand may be forced later on in the year. For now, they have to find a way to lock in a starter without having to trade him away.

New York Yankees: 2 players that should be off limits in pitcher trade

New York Yankees, Clint Frazier

The New York Yankees have been rumored to be all-in on finding a starting pitcher to add to the rotation before the July 31 trade deadline. Options such as Marcus Stroman, Madison Bumgarner, Tyler Bauer, and more have littered the headlines in a potential deal.

The Yankees, however, have sat idly by while the media progresses forward in what already seems to be a “guarantee,” according to Jim Bowden of The Athletic. If a deal is to develop, there should be some ground rules, starting with two prospects that need to be off-limits.

Teams know the Yankees are looking for reinforcements, so they will attempt to extract the most value, which could include players like Clint Frazier, Deivi Garcia, and Estevan Florial.

While some might be willing to talk with Florial included, he’s the Yankees’ top-ranked prospect and has the potential to be the future in the outfield. Injuries have blanketed the optimism and progression he’s experienced, unfortunately. This doesn’t mean his career is over, but a broken wrist certainly doesn’t help in his journey to the big leagues.

Nonetheless, he’s a five-tool player that can not only hit and field but run the bases extremely well and put a game on its heels. Upon his return, he hit .231/.284/.362.645, with four homers and 17 RBIs in 33 games, mostly at center field. He’s gaining speed and looking like his former self again, so the Yanks should save themselves the trouble of utilizing him as trade bait.

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Garcia, one of the best up and coming prospects, must also be included with Florial in the pot. Averaging 93 MPH fastballs and showing simply incredible break on his curve at 20 years old should make him untouchable. He’s the youngest player in the Yankees’ minor-league system to play at AAA-ball.

The only real trade bait the Bombers should look to prop is Frazier, who’s an elite offensive player but a well-below average defender. His confidence is the driving force behind him, which sees him come off as arrogant at times. The truth is, he’s a special talent that needs a bit more time to develop. We can imagine Yankees don’t necessarily ‘want’ to trade Frazier, but of the three, he’s the most likely to hit the road.

Is New York Yankees rising pitcher Deivi Garcia available for trade?

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

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.

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.

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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.