Why Deivi Garcia’s Minor League Status Should Not Be Too Concerning
Deivi Garcia’s Major League debut will take a little longer than expected to happen…. at least for the time being.
Garcia was optioned alongside Ben Heller, Thairo Estrada and Michael King to the minors on Thursday. The major problem facing many Yankees fans is that Garcia was sent to Double-A Trenton while the other three were sent to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Sending Garcia to Trenton is not a punishment at all; in fact, it going to be a very beneficial move for him. He is only 20 years old and still has a lot of room to develop. After all, he is still considered a very young player in baseball standards.
While he has shown a lot of promise in the minors, it’s not as if Garcia has been lighting it up in the minors to the point where he deserves a Major League roster spot.
In 11 games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he posted a 5.40 ERA in 40.0 innings of work, allowing 25 runs of which 24 were earned. In 11 starts with Trenton, he went 4-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 53.2 innings, striking out 87 batters.
Garcia was more than likely also sent to Trenton since he has not had much experience in Triple-A. Since he is such a high ranking prospect, Yankee management wants him to develop at a pace that fits him for success. Barring any major injuries during the 2020 season, Garcia would not have seen much playing time in the Bronx due to the depth of pitching ahead of him.
Although he is a prized possession of the Yankees, the organization understands that they cannot just call him up as quickly as possible. With several current starters slated to hit free agency after the 2020 season, Garcia may be called upon next season to start.
Until then, he needs some more time to develop into a more complete pitcher.