YEUDY GARCIA, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: October 6, 1992
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2013, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Garcia was already 20 when he signed, so he was a little old for a Dominican prospect, and he didn’t start his career until age 21. He’s shown mid-90s velocity, reaching 98, and does it without much effort. He gets a lot of strikeouts with his slider and his change is a work in progress.
NOTE: Garcia’s exact signing date is a little uncertain. Baseball America and the Pirates’ media guide have him signing in February 2013, in which case he would have been eligible for the 2016 Rule 5 draft, even though he didn’t play in 2013. MiLB.com has him signing in October 2013. Garcia himself says he signed in August 2013, which was still after the DSL season. In any event, he won’t, in fact, be eligible for the Rule 5 draft until 2017.
Garcia was the DSL Pirates’ best starter, putting up solid numbers in 13 starts.
The Pirates moved Garcia all the way up to low A and he had a breakout season, leading the league in ERA and holding hitters to a 204/284/268 line. Right-handed hitters managed only a .497 OPS against him. He occasionally had control problems, but posted good walk and K rates. The main issue he presented for the Pirates was managing his workload in a full season league, considering that he’d thrown just under 60 pro innings total coming into the season. He opened the season in the bullpen, mostly pitching 2-3 innings at a time. In mid-May he moved to the rotation, but he didn’t go past five innings until near the end of the season, and came out sooner than five innings several times. He got through the season without incident, though. Baseball America rated him the league’s ninth best prospect.
Garcia had a somewhat frustrating season, although the talent still was evident. He had problems for most of the year with high pitch counts, going deep into counts and at times having trouble with walks. He averaged just under five innings per start. That was only a slight increase over the previous season, when they were trying to keep his workload down for much of the season. Garcia’s velocity was down, generally to 90-94, although he reached 95-96 at times. He had quite a few games in which he ran up his pitch count and allowed a lot of baserunners, but still struck out a lot of hitters and kept runs off the board. He had some trouble with left-handed hitters, allowing them a .734 OPS. He held right-handed hitters to .626.
After the season, Garcia went to Pittsburgh to get his shoulder examined, saying it had been hurting him all year. That’s obviously not a good thing. If he’s OK, Garcia should be at Altoona in 2017 and obviously needs to improve his command. It’s possible he could end up as a late-inning reliever if the command issues persist, which wouldn’t be a terrible outcome.
|2017: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: $30,000
MiLB Debut: 2014
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2020
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2017
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|August 2013: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.