The most popular player in the New York Yankees organization these days isn’t even on the major league roster.
His name is Deivi Garcia. The right-hander was just promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after dominating for Double-A Trenton. The 20-year old, who began the season at Single-A Tampa, could be a late-season addition in the Bronx … if he’s still with the club.
General manager Brian Cashman is looking high and low for arms for the starting rotation. To get something, he has to be willing to give something. Would Cashman trade Garcia to help the Yankees’ 2019 playoff chances? Yes, but with a condition, according to Bryan Hoch:
Cashman has taken a similar stance with outfielder Clint Frazier. He would be willing to part with the slugger, but not for a pitcher who will be a free agent after the season.
As for Garcia, ESPN prospect guru Keith Law ranked him the No. 29 prospect in the game in his midseason top 50 list update, which was released Thursday.
Law ranked Garcia at No. 61 overall to start the season.
The Yankees promoted Garcia to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, after he dominated as the starting pitcher for the American League team in the 2019 MLB Futures Game, throwing a clean inning.
At Double-A Trenton, Garcia went 4-3 with a 3.00 ERA in 10 starts, striking out an incredible 81 batters in 51 innings. At High-A Tampa, he went 0-2 with a 3.06 ERA in four stats, striking out 33 in 17 2/3 innings.
If he’s not traded by the deadline, don’t rule out Garcia making it to the majors this season for the stretch run, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.
Cashman just said on @Jim_Duquette Sirius/Xm show that Deivi García is “pushing himself into the mix” for helping this year.
(NJ Advance Media’s Brendan Kuty contributed to this report.)
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