In Bristol tonight, Hector Garcia is the scheduled starter. The 18-year-old lefty could be a real sleeper prospect in the Pirates system, but we really haven't talked much about him. He is the youngest player on the Bristol roster and possibly the best prospect on the team.
Last year while doing the DSL season recap for pitchers, I got a decent report on Garcia, but honestly thought he would return to the DSL due to his age and the fact he wasn't used as a starter. I was told that he is an aggressive pitcher that goes right after hitters. He had some control issues with his off-speed stuff, but once he improves that area "he will be a K machine".
Garcia was sent to the States despite his age and not only that, he also skipped right over the Gulf Coast League. The Pirates gave him an ...
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